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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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
View all 48 Specialties +


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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


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Auckland Hospital Board Group
Surgical Research

Residency - Auckland Hospital Board Group
General Surgery

Medical Education - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland, New Zealand

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

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


  • 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

237 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

56 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Naturally we all prefer the meet our doctor in person, but Dr. Church was so present, insightful and connected with me and addressed my concerns beautifully. Could not have gone better!

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Church was so kind and approachable at all times. He was determined to find the cause of my problem, and he did. I hold him in very high regard. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr Church called me, discussed my issue, ask questions, gave me his feedback, answered my questions and made me feel at ease about his prognosis of my medical problem. Dr Church is a very knowledgeable, caring physician.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Dr. Church is an expert in his field. He is kind and cares about his patients. He explains things in simple words. He does not leave any questions unanswered.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I love Dr.Church, who did my colonoscopy once before. He & his staff are so pleasant & professional. They make me feel so @ ease about & during the procedure. I especially like the fact that Dr.Church carries on conversations with those in the procedure room with him that made me feel more @ ease.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Church is the best. He has been able to diagnose my problems when no one else could. There isn't a more caring MD than Dr. Church.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr Church and staff are the gold standard for bed side manner and experts of their profession. one could not ask for more.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Even though we live in Toledo, Ohio... so fortunate to have such a gifted surgeon as Dr. Church to treat my colon issue.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

totally positive . Dr Church and his nursing staff is tremendous! They all put me at ease. Don't let him retire!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Doctor Church and his staff are absolutely wonderful. He is an awesome doctor and I look forward to him taking out my polyp soon.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I have already recommended Dr. Church to everyone. I had a Pittsburgh doctor who want to remove 40% of my large intestine over 1 large non cancerous polyp 2 fold. Dr. Church assured me he would be able to take care of it without this drastic of a procedure. I could just kiss him if I wouldn't scare him lol. He is amazing.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

great doctor _ long wait

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

In all fairness...I requested Dr. Church because of his impeccable I had to wait months. But it was well worth it.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Dr Church was just as advertised. It was the only time that I did not feel a thing! Totally painless and no discomfort whatsoever.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. Church himself will even respond personally to emails. Exemplary access.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. Church is the best physician I have had in my lifetime---and I've had a number of them, unfortunately. He's extremely knowledgeable, extremely kind and caring, and thoroughly explains the condition, options, and considerations. He listens well and offers feedback/explanation/solutions. There is no health care provider I hold in such high esteem as Dr. Church. He's a gem and will never be forgotten by my family. He has helped four other relatives of mine, as well, and all highly respect him.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Many times, without hesitation, I have recommended Dr. Church to others.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Excellent doctor. A treasure to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Dr. Church and his team are excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

*Dr. Church's care and knowledge and listening ability - GREAT! If I were only closer to Cleveland Clinic and could follow the all encompassing care!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

we have never had a more compassionate surgeon than Dr Church! He is one of the only doctors that really listens to all of Nicole's concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

I really like Dr. Church. I am sorry that he will be leaving next year. He is very kind, explains things to me, has a pleasant sense of humor, and makes the exam bearable - no pain. He does not rush our visits. Takes time to answer any questions I have. He has been a great doctor to have.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Yes, I would certainly recommend Dr. Church to others while he is there. The staff is always great.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Church and his staff members were very nice and compassionate, they took good care of me

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Church is a great doctor who is caring, knowledgeable, and nice to be around.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

dr church has been doing my colonoscopies for 30 years. I'm pretty satisfied with him

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

Dr. Church is an outstanding diagnostician and care provider

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Love *Dr. Church.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

awesome doctor! would always come back!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Doctor Church is wonderful !

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr Church is the gold standard For bed side manner and expertise in his field. Truly a special Doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Chirch & his staff were extremely professional, warm & showing concern for my problem.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Dr Church is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Recommend Dr. Church to all my family members

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Doctor Church is always very friendly professional. Answers questions and provides helpful information. Very skilled.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Have always had a good experience with Doctor Church and staff for many years.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

I have brought 2 additional family members to Dr. Church for exams and evaluations. Myself and my family have recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Church is a phenomenal doctor. he literally saved my colon where other doctors (not from Cleveland Clinic) wanted to take it away. I will always be a great fan of him.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr. Church was so kind, and helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr Church is a very well qualified professional in his field. He performed colon cancer on me and has don my colonoscopies since my surgery in 2003,

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

this was my first appointment with Dr Church.he was a completely awesome! extremely patient with me, respectful. the Lord directed me to an angel!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

There was a several month wait to see Dr. Church and I was heading to my Florida home before there was a time to see me. Luckily I called Patent Plus and Dr. Church knows me well and took me ahead of his usual first appointment of the day. Really appreciate this.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Consultation with doctor Church is always excellent

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr Church is the very best. He is the kindest and wonderful doctor I have had.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

*Dr. James Church & staff checked on me often & listened well & explained my medical concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

best Doctor ever

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Church is the best ever solved my problem right away. Very knowledgeable I would say he is the best

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Church went out of his way to help me and I am very appreciative.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Church has the best 'bed side manner' ever! and he is a extremely talented surgeon as he always thinks outside the box and listens to his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr Church is awesome and saved me from a colostomy after 2 other physicians recommended one several years ago

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

I'd recommend both dr and clinic to everybody

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr Church was excellent

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Dr. Church is amazing!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr Church is one of the most cared doctor. It is rare to have such caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr Church is a tremendous doctor and asset to CCF. He is a great listener and extremely experienced and knowledgeable. I trust him explicitly and am confident that he is the right oncologist for me.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. Church is an excellent physician.

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