James Church, MD

216.444.5404

James Church, MD
Department: Colorectal Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code AVW-2
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5404
DeskDesk:216.444.3540
WorkFax:216.445.8627
James Church, MD
Department: Colorectal Surgery
Location: Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Avon, OH 44011
WorkAppointment:440.695.4000
DeskDesk:216.444.3540
WorkFax:216.445.8627
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

James M. Church, MD, is a Staff member in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been Director of the David G. Jagelman Inherited Colon Cancer Registries and Head of the Section of Endoscopy at Cleveland Clinic since 1989. Dr. Church’s specialty interests include all aspects of colorectal cancer and polyps, molecular genetics of colorectal diseases, functional colorectal and anal problems including constipation and incontinence, perianal and perineal infections and inflammatory bowel disease.

He currently is Co-Investigator of the Collaborative Colorectal Cancer Family Registry, funded by a research grant from the National Cancer Institute. He also is Co-Investigator of a study examining the usefulness of CT colonoscopy in detecting colorectal polyps.

Dr. Church has been named to the Good Housekeeping magazine Top Cancer Doctors for Women list (1999), Top Doctors in America (1999-2008) and Who's Who in America (2000-2008).

He is actively involved in many scientific and medical societies. He is Past Chairman of the Leeds Castle Polyposis Group and the International Collaborative Group on Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer and current President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. These international societies are dedicated to the care of patients with inherited colorectal cancer and research into their disease.

Dr. Church is Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Costa Rican Society of Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, American College of Gastroenterology, American Surgical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.

A frequent national and international lecturer at scientific meetings, Dr. Church has authored more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 22 book chapters on hereditary cancers, endoscopy and molecular genetics of colorectal tumors. He is the author of two medical textbooks and has been Co-Editor of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum since 2000.

He received his degree from Auckland University School of Medicine in New Zealand, where he also completed several postgraduate research fellowships. In addition, Dr. Church completed a special fellowship in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Professional Highlights

  • Victor W. Fazio Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery
  • Fellow of American Surgical Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Collaborative Group of the Americas for Inherited Colorectal Cancer
  • Past Chairman, Leeds Castle Polyposis Group, International Collaborative Group for Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer and InSiGHT. Current InSiGHT Council Member.
  • Co-Editor, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 2000-2008

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1984
Fellowship - Auckland Hospital Board Group
Surgical Research
Auckland New Zealand
1983
Residency - Auckland Hospital Board Group
General Surgery
Auckland New Zealand
1980
Medical School - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland New Zealand
1974
Undergraduate - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland New Zealand
1970

Certifications

  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons- Colon & Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Anorectal Disease, anorectal physiology and disorders, benign anorectal disease, cancer and polyps of the colon and rectum, cancer of the colon, carcinoma of the colon, carcinoma of the rectum, carcinoma of the small bowel and large bowel, chemoprevention of colorectal neoplasia, colon & anus, colon and rectal cancer, colon and rectal surgery, Colon Cancer, colonic neoplasia, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, colorectal cancer research, colorectal cancer screening strategies, colorectal surgery, Constipation, continent ileostomy procedure, Crohn's Disease, diverticiulitis pelvic pouch procedures for mucosal ulcerative colitis and familial adenomatous polyposis sphincter-saving operations, diverticular disease, diverticulitis, familial inherited colorectal cancer, fecal incontinence, hereditary polyposis and nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, incontinence, intestinal fistulae, intestinal stomas, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor surgery, pelvic pouch procedures for ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis, rectal cancer, Rectal Prolapse, rectum, rectal-sparing operations for carcinoma of the rectum, reoperative abdominal and pelvic surgery, reoperative surgery, Sphincter-preservation Surgery, sphincter-saving operations, sphincter-sparing procedures, stoma surgery, surgery for carcinoma of the colon and rectum reoperative abdominopelvic surgery, surgery for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, surgical nutrition, surgical treatment for mucosal ulcerative colitis

Awards & Honors

  • Victor W. Fazio Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery
  • Top Doctors in America, 1999-2008
  • Top Surgeons in America, 2007
  • Fellow, American Surgical Association
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Collaborative Group of the Americas, 2004, for Inherited Colorectal Cancer
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Auckland, 2008

Memberships

  • American Society of Colorectal Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Anorecal Physiology And Ultrasonography
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Physiology
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Continent Ileostomy
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J Pouch
  • Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Procedures For Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchendoscopy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectal-Sparing Operations For Carcinoma Of The Rectum
  • Rectoplexy
  • Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincter Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Fecal Incontinence
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectal Prolapse
  • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Surgical Nutrition

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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