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Jose R. Cintron, MD, FACS, FASCRS Division Chairman

The mission of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and state-of-the-art care for patients suffering from diseases of the colon, rectum, anus, and small bowel and to further the advancements of research and education for these diseases.

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery was established by Herand Abcarian, M.D. at Cook County Health’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital (formerly Cook County Hospital). Dr. Abcarian, who trained under the tutelage of Durand Smith, M.D., was the first colon and rectal surgeon in the United States to hold an endowed academic chair in colon and rectal surgical practice. The Division consists of colon and rectal surgeons who are Board Certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. We also have advanced practical nurses who assist the surgeons in the care of the patients.

The surgeon who has attained certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) has specialized knowledge and skill with regard to problems of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel, in addition to receiving full training within general surgery. The Colon and Rectal Division treats benign and malignant conditions, performs routine screening examinations and surgically treats problems, when necessary.

The Division carries out all types of colon and rectal operations including transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) and transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME). Surgeons within our division have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel for malignant disease as well as benign conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), complex anorectal surgery, and complex multivisceral operations.