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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
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Operative Laparoscopy
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colectomy
  • Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer - Prevention
  • Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Continent Ileostomy
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Ileostomy
  • Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
  • Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • 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 and Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Second Opinion
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincter Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • 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 Management for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Nutrition
  • Surgical Treatment for Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis
  • Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Treatment for Anal Fissure
  • Treatment for Anal Fistula
  • Treatment of Constipation and Fecal Incontinence
View all 86 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adenomas
  • Adenomatous Polyps
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the small and large bowel
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Diseases
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colovesticle Fistula
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Desmoid Disease
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Diverticulum
  • Endometriosis
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fap
  • Fissure
  • Functional Disorders
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer
  • Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Hereditary Polyposis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Intestinal Polyps
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Juvenile Polyposis
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Health
  • 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
  • Stoma Related Problems
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Volvulus
View all 70 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

213 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr Church is incredible

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr Church retiring is awesome for him but a huge loss for his patients. Best colorectal ever!!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

will miss Dr Church incredibly.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Church has cared for me for years, and now is retiring. His replacement has high levels to uphold. Wish Dr. Church a long satisfying retirement.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Dr. Church is excellent as are his staff.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Dr. Church is superb both a a surgeon and a person.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Church always explained the procedure, and explained everything else. He was always friendly and professional - always put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Church is outstanding in every way.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr. Church is patient and took his time. Given his specialty, that is important.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

I heard Dr. Church is retiring. That's a loss for me.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

This was my first colonoscopy, and I was absolutely terrified. Every time I thought about the procedure in the weeks leading up to my appointment, I burst into tears. The actual procedure was so much more comfortable than I anticipated. It was a privilege to have Dr. Church as my provider.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Dr Church takes the time to listen and get to the bottom of the problem! He's the best!!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020


Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Church is the best doctor i have ever had. I will miss him terribly. He saved my colon and my life. He is very thorough and so gentle. I'm serious when I say he is the best doctor on this planet. such a kind soul. I'm a straight male and I love this guy. I will miss him terribly but I understand he wants to retire. I'm so glad I found him before he left. even if it was only 3 colonoscopies and less than a year. Hes old school bedside manner and level of caring are just unmatched. brilliant doctor. words just don't describe the love i have for this doctor. he should teach other doctors how to be. I had a pittsburgh UPMC doctor want to remove 40% of my large intestine. Dr Church said that won't be necessary for a guy without cancer. and he was right. 3 colonoscopies but I'm here with my whole colon and no more polyps. words don't do this doctor justice. hes an angel. and a bed side manner unmatched. extremely caring of every patient he has. take care doctor Church I have you in my prays always.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Church is a great doctor and is a total professional. I appreciate him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr. Church has been a fantastic physician. He listened and made sure my questions and concerns were addressed. He took the time to make sure I understood the procedure in detail, including the risks, etc.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr. Church is, perhaps, the most attentive doctor that I have ever had. He even takes his time to answer any of my email questions in the most complete and thoughtful manner. I will sincerely miss his presence when he leaves.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

great experience. Dr. Church is gentle and very attentive.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Difficult to get appointment. Had to talk to Dr directly

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. James Church is excellent in his skills and a very caring doctor!! Have taken care of me for years and numerous surgeries for my ex husband.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr James Church is a GIFT and a BLESSING! He is so very Knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Dr Church will definitely be missed!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

doctor churches that a lifesaver to us and his assistant Gina is also an angel we feel extremely blessed to be being treated at your hospital

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020


Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Church is one of the best doctors I have ever had. He has done a lot for a lot of people. He will be missed.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Fantastic and super nice doctor! Helped me so much.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

I love *Dr. Church and his staff.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. James Church is the BEST in the world. He is the best and colorectal surgery. I won't letany other doctor touch me. Thank God for Dr. Church!! Thank you Dr. Church. Be Blessed.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr Church is the very best. I highly recommend him to any/all who are experiencing colorectal issues, and I certainly have recommended him many times.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

*Dr. Church has been my dr. since 1994 and I love him! He's truly an amazing dr. and I totally trust him. I have been blessed to have him as my dr. for so many yrs. Hate to see him retire. He will be hard to replace!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

very knowledgeable and experience physician.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Church is an outstanding physician and human being. A true gentleman who respects his patients, as well as staff.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. Church is one of the most skilled and compassionate doctors I have ever met.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

*Dr. Church (*Dr. Mantean, PA *Taylor) and *Dr. Mann (?) & *Dr. A. Smith were wonderful. *Dr. Church & his team are great - only BAD experience was by "*Dr. Doom" (*Dr. Rincon-Cruz) who placed an NG tube traumatically & incorrectly.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

The video visit did not work, so I ended up talking to Dr. Church on the phone.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr Church has the gold standard for bed side manner. His knowledge and expertise leaves one with total confidence in the care and approach towards one's medical issue. I feel blessed to have found and be accepted as his patient.

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.

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