Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5404
Desk:
216.444.3540
Fax:
216.445.8627

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Anorecal Physiology And Ultrasonography
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Physiology
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • 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 Desmoid Tumors
  • Surgery for Fecal Incontinence
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectal Prolapse
  • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Surgical Nutrition
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Desmoid Disease
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fissure
  • Functional Disorders
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Juvenile Polyposis
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Perianal Ulcer
  • Peutz- Jeghers Syndrome
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Vaginal Fistula
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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Biography

About James Church, MD

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.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1989

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1984

Fellowship - Auckland Hospital Board Group
Surgical Research
Auckland,
1983

Residency - Auckland Hospital Board Group
General Surgery
Auckland,
1981

Medical School - University of Auckland School of Medicine
MD
Auckland, New Zealand
1974

Undergraduate - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland, New Zealand
1970

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

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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/28/2017, Dr. Church has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

192 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

dr church is the most empathetic and compassionate dr. I have nothing but amazing things to say about the care I have received over the years. dr church never gave up and wanted to make sure I had the best care possible. thank you does not seem like enough!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

We had a great experience Dr. Church was very through and listened to all of our concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

Dr. Church is very thorough and concerned for his patients. I ran into him outside of the Clinic the following week and he asked immediately about how I was doing in regards to the colonoscopy.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

Dr. Church and his staff are very professional. He is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

this was a second opinion appointment and I was very happy with the doctor and his care in looking at all the records and will continue to check in with him concerning my bowel issue at least once a year. Hiss letter tome was very clear as to how I should deal with the issue . Over all I was very pleased that I was able to see Dr Church and will follow his advice in this medical matter

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

I was so very impressed with Dr Church. This visit was a consult with him about a chronic GI problem. I live 3 hrs away and am so very glad we made the trip. Dr Church provided me with answers to my medical questions that NONE of my former GI doctors have been able to give me. He treated me with compassion and respect and was so patient with our numerous questions. I am so fortunate that I was able to have a consult with Dr Church.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Dr Church was very thorough. He listened to me and treated me with dignity and respect.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

great doctor and staff

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2018

He was a GIFT from GOD to me. Was the BEST DOCTOR I ever had & I have had far too many necessary surgeries & he is the reason I can say he is the BEST. (He makes the clinic look & be #1.) #1. "*Dr. Church "the best". #4-5. I love his gentle & kind ways. So intelligent.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2018

The doctor is very good but as far surroundings it is below average.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

Great Experience, Dr. Church was very professional and I greatly appreciate his care.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Church is an exceptional individual. He always shows concern for the patient.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

The staff assisting Dr. Church were very professional and engaging. They were just terrific individuals.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

Dr church is always on time for colonoscopy

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

i live in Pennsylvania and vhoose Cleveland Clinic due to its high level of care. Dr. Church is an excellent physician

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

Dr. Church has provided excellent care and is a huge asset to your hospital.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

Dr. Church was outstanding. This was my first screening colonoscopy, and it couldn't have gone any smoother, from the prep to the procedure. I'm grateful to have had Dr. Church do this procedure.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Church is the most able doctor I have had over the years. I truly appreciate his care over the years.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

I would only trust dr church to treat my unusual situation. very professional and knowledgeable. explains everything. a true asset to clev clinic.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

I appreciated the follow up letter from Dr. Church.

Reviewed on May 18, 2018

Dr. Church is the key component of my cancer team.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

I would recommend Dr. Church to everyone.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

Dr. Church is a blessing. He. solved my problem, when no other doctor seemed to care if it got solved. Thank you Dr. Church.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

Dr. Church saved my cousin's life. For that, I will be eternally grateful.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018

it always takes a while for the dr to get to the exam room. but when you are at such a great hospital and you know your dr takes the time each patient needs, and does not rush, a wait is to be expected. I would rather wait for an amazing dr who hears my concerns, and treats me with respect than be seen right away by a not so good dr. so the wait time to me is worth it.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2018

Dr Church & staff were very accomadating and easy to talk to though out my visit.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2017

Love *Dr. Church & his staff - excellent care & bedside manner.

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