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Vivek Chaudhry, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Program Director

Phone: 312-864-5233

Duration – 1 Year
Affiliated Institutions
Cook County Health’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital

The Cook County Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Training Program has over 40 years of specialty training. The Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency is a world-class program that is among the best in the country. It is a broadly based and comprehensive surgical training program, that provides a diverse, independent and extensive clinical experience within private, public and university hospital settings. Many of its features are unique and set it above and apart from other colorectal residencies. The residents spend equal time at each of three very different institutions: the University of Illinois, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Stroger Hospital —A university hospital, a large private community hospital and a public hospital. Our graduates are leaders in the field with nearly 50 percent entering academic practice in recent years.

The Program allows residents who have completed five or more years of General Surgery training to apply for one (1) additional year of specialty training. The educational objective is to comprehensively train residents in the use of modern techniques in the treatment of malignant problems of the colon and rectum and benign anorectal disorders, as well as care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The program is fully approved by the ACGME and residents are trained to become certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The Colorectal Surgery Training Program serves as a consulting service for Stroger Hospital, UIC, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The Division at Stroger Hospital, along with the Section of Surgical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, performs the majority of inpatient as well as outpatient colonoscopy and flexible proctosigmoidoscopies examinations for surgery at this institution. The division admits over 500 patients annually and sees approximately 4,500 patients in clinic. Members of the Colorectal Surgery Division have presented a variety of papers at national meetings and have published clinical papers in the various medical journals.
The strengths of the program are:

  • Breadth and depth of clinical activity
  • Volume of endoscopy
  • Availability and expertise of national leaders in the field
  • Level of clinical independence available to residents
  • Continuity of care for advanced rectal cancer from diagnosis to neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy, surgery, and follow-up, including multidisciplinary exposure
  • Diverse, independent and extensive clinic experience
  • Private, public and University hospital settings
  • Laparoscopic and robotic surgery experience
  • Structured education curriculum
  • Comprehensive evaluation process
  • Pathology teaching

Maire Leahy, MHAProgram Coordinator
Surgical Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
1900 W. Polk Street, Suite 227-B
Chicago, IL
Office: 312-864-0395