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Colorectal Surgery

The Digestive Disease Institute’s Department of Colorectal Surgery is globally recognized as a national leader in colorectal surgery and surgical innovation, attracting patients from more than 46 states.

Why You Should Choose Us

Our colorectal surgeons perform more than 5,000 surgical procedures annually, including an average of 500 laparoscopic intestinal resections, 260 operations to treat Crohn’s disease, and 170 ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgeries.

DDI colorectal surgeons performed the world’s first total proctocolectomy and ileoanal pouch procedure with a single-incision.

The Digestive Disease Institute performs the world's highest volume of J-pouch procedures and is the nation's largest referral center for repairing pelvic pouches.

Our surgeons use the latest in diagnostic and treatment options, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery and intraoperative radiotherapy.

DDI colorectal surgeons utilize various surgical methods to avoid a permanent colostomy in the treatment of rectal cancer.  These options include:

  • Transanal excision
  • Radical excision of the rectum with anastomosis of the colon to the anus
  • Colonic J pouch
  • Coloplasty

DDI houses the largest institutional registries for inherited colon cancer-- David G. Jagelman Inherited Colorectal Cancer Registries- in the United States and the second largest in the world.

Cleveland Clinic was the birthplace of Enterostomal Therapy/Wound Ostomy, Continence Nursing nearly 50 years ago. DDI's Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing School was the first of its kind in the world.

Success Rates

Colorectal surgeons avoid a permanent colostomy in approximately 80% of rectal cancer cases.

On a national level the Department of Colorectal Surgery mortality index and length of stay are considerably below expected norms. 

Our long term outcomes are among the best in the world, with some of the lowest rates of recurrence of rectal cancer.

Cleveland Clinic’s colorectal surgeons have extensive experience in treating patients with:

The Department of Colorectal Surgery offers comprehensive treatment options and services including:


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    Maher Abbas, MD
     

    Maher Abbas, MD

    Abbas, Maher, MD
    216.444.7000

    Location(s): Abu Dhabi

    Department: Colorectal Surgery

    Treats: Adults Only

    Surgeon: Yes

    Education: Stanford University School of Medicine

     
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    Jean Ashburn, MD

    Ashburn, Jean, MD
    216.444.7000

    Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

    Department: Colorectal Surgery

    Specialties: Pouch Center

    Treats: Adults Only

    Surgeon: Yes

    Education: Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine

     
    James Church, MD
     

    James Church, MD

    Church, James, MD
    216.444.5404

    Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center

    Department: Colorectal Surgery

    Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Anal Abscesses, Anal Cancer, Anal Fissures, Anal Fistula, Benign Anorectal Disease, Bowel Incontinence more

    Treats: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

    Surgeon: Yes

    Education: University of Auckland School of Medicine

     
    Meagan Costedio, MD
     

    Meagan Costedio, MD

    Costedio, Meagan, MD
    216.445.7769

    Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

    Department: Colorectal Surgery

    Specialties: Anal Cancer, Benign Anorectal Disease, Bowel Incontinence, Collagenous Colitis, Colorectal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulosis more

    Treats: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

    Surgeon: Yes

    Education: University of Vermont

     
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    John Cullen, MD

    Cullen, John, MD
    440.312.7111

    Location(s): Hillcrest Hospital (Colorectal Surgery), Beachwood Family Health Center, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

    Department: Colorectal Surgery

    Treats: Adults Only

    Surgeon: Yes

    Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

     
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