Department and Faculty

Mayo Clinic colon and rectal surgeons and staff provide the highest quality surgical services in a caring and efficient manner, while sustaining outstanding programs in research and education. This 55 year-old department—one of the first of its kind—is fully integrated with all the medical services available throughout Mayo Clinic.

Experts in all areas of colon and rectal disease consult with specialists in other departments such as oncology and gastroenterology to "provide the best care to every patient every day." Colon and rectal surgeons evaluate elective preoperative patient evaluations, perform operative procedures, conduct postoperative care, and manage emergency colorectal conditions. Minimally invasive surgery and enhanced recovery pathways are a significant part of the practice. Colon and rectal surgeons work with state-of-the-art equipment to perform open, laparoscopic and robotic surgical cases.


In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty have published and lectured extensively and are recognized leaders in their field. You will have direct access to these individuals throughout your training program.

Advisers and mentors

You will be assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser also will serve as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Colon and Rectal Surgery hosts a visiting professor each quarter featuring national and world leaders in Colon and Rectal Surgery. They present their work during lectures; participate in hospital rounds as well as informal discussions with residents. Residents also have an opportunity to present a case to the visiting professor and receive feedback. Residents are encouraged and will have protected time to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Aug. 08, 2013