Treatment & Services
- Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Advanced Polypectomy
- Anorecal Physiology And Ultrasonography
- Anorectal Fistula Treatment
- Anorectal Physiology
- Anorectal Surgery
- Cancer Center
- Clinical Trials
- Colon Surgery
- Colorectal Cancer Research
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
- Colorectal Surgery
- Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
- Continent Ileostomy
- Fecal Diversion
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Ileoanal Pouch
- Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
- Intestinal Stomas
- J Pouch
- Pelvic Floor Surgery
- Pelvic Pouch Procedures For Ulcerative Colitis
- Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
- Rectal Cancer Surgery
- Rectal Surgery
- Rectal Ultrasound
- Rectal-Sparing Operations For Carcinoma Of The Rectum
- 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
- 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
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abdominal Pain
- Anal Abscesses
- Anal Cancer
- Anal Fissures
- Anal Fistula
- Anorectal Fistula
- Benign Anorectal Disease
- Bowel Incontinence
- Collagenous Colitis
- Colon Polyps
- Colonic Neoplasia
- Colorectal Cancer
- Crohn's Disease
- Desmoid Disease
- Desmoid Tumor
- Enterocutaneious Fistula
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
- Functional Disorders
- Genital Warts
- Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Intestinal Fistulae
- Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
- 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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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Auckland Hospital Board Group
Residency - Auckland Hospital Board Group
Medical School - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland, New Zealand
Undergraduate - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland, New Zealand
- 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
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
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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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173 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.8|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
15 Patient Comments
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.
Reviewed on Nov 21, 2017
I have seen dr church for almost 20 years. have nothing but good things to say about him. I have had a very complicated situation and he treats me with an amazing amount of compassion. never giving up and continuing to look for answers. yet being will to refer me to another dr to have a 2nd look. how a dr treats a paitient is almost more important than what they know, dr church is a perfect mix of knowledge and compassion!
Reviewed on Nov 7, 2017
Dr. Church is magnificent - he is the best in the world!!
Reviewed on Sep 26, 2017
Always help me and tell me what I need to know..
Reviewed on Sep 26, 2017
Dr Church is the best doctor I have ever had care from!
Reviewed on Aug 26, 2017
I loved Dr. Church and his team. Excellent.
Reviewed on Aug 22, 2017
DrJames Church is a wonderful Dr. It is Dr like him that give me faith in the medical community. He actually cares about his patients. He is a very kind man. He is knowlegable about his field of practice. I trust him completely. I will be sending patients to him for sure.
Reviewed on Aug 19, 2017
If this is referring to the surgeon, he was great. (Dr. Church.)
Reviewed on Jun 28, 2017
I love Dr. Church & his staff. I trust them & rely on them completely (2010-present) - many complicated surgeries & recoveries.
Reviewed on Jun 17, 2017
I come to Clev. Clinic because Dr. Church is the only physician who is capable of now taking care of my medical needs. There are no physicians Virginia to care for me at present.
Reviewed on Jun 6, 2017
Dr. Church is an excellent physician. He takes time to listen to my concerns and to explain my condition thoroughly. He offers sound advice and I feel that I can contact him at any time with questions or problems. I appreciate his skill, knowledge, and expertise.
Reviewed on May 9, 2017
he explained things thoroughly and in a way that was easy to understand. he is very courteous.
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