About Us

Welcome to the website of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. It is our goal to offer vital information on our clinical, research and teaching programs for patients, physicians and prospective residents.

Building on a successful history, the section continues its role as a leader in research and treatment in all aspects of colorectal surgery. As an example, the section participated in an international study of laparoscopic surgery as an alternative treatment for patients with cancer confined to the colon. Laparoscopic techniques also are used to treat benign colorectal disease.

Working closely with specialists in the Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University colorectal surgeons provide comprehensive care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease – ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and diverticulitis. And these surgeons were the first in the St. Louis region to open a center providing diagnosis and treatment of benign anorectal and pelvic floor disorders, located at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

In research, colorectal surgery faculty members are interested in applying basic science research findings to the clinical realm. The section offers a number of clinical research trials including a study of methods of laparoscopic surgery for colorectal disease and sentinel lymph node mapping in patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures for colon or rectal cancer.

In addition to its rotations for general surgery residents, the section offers a one-year residency in colorectal surgery that offers in-depth exposure to all aspects of colorectal disease and surgery.

Please browse our web site to learn more about our clinical, research and teaching programs.