Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


The research interests of Bruce G. Wolff, M.D., are in clinical research, particularly randomized controlled trials and case-controlled retrospective studies designed to answer specific questions.

Focus areas

Current studies include:

  • Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of Seprafilm adhesion barrier in limiting postoperative adhesion formation
  • Clinical outcomes of appendiceal mucocele
  • Randomized controlled trial to compare stapled functional end-to-end anastomosis with sutured end-to-end anastomosis following resection for primary or recurrent ileocolonic Crohn's disease
  • Bowel function after ultra-low resection of rectal cancer and adiotherapy
  • Surgical epidemiology of sigmoid diverticular disease
  • Staging rectal carcinoma
  • Oophorectomy in colon and rectal cancer (a prospective randomized study)
  • A prospective randomized trial of intraperitoneal versus extraperitoneal techniques for construction of terminal left iliac fossa colostomies

Significance to patient care

Dr. Wolff's research in these studies will have a direct impact on the practice of colon and rectal surgery.


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Administrative Appointment

  1. Emeritus, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Surgery


  1. Fellow - Colon and Rectal Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  2. Resident - General Surgery New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  3. Internship - General Surgery New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  4. Internship - Anesthesia Duke University Medical Center
  5. MD Duke University School of Medicine
  6. BS Davidson College

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