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Colorectal Conditions

Colon and rectal surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) specialize in disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. We provide expert diagnosis and treatment for all colorectal conditions, including cancer. We offer minimally invasive surgery approaches, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery that use smaller incisions and reduce recovery time and complications. Surgical care includes partial and total colectomies, sphincter-sparing procedures, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) and the latest approaches for common and complex colorectal conditions.

Our board certified colon and rectal surgeons Ronald Bleday, MD, Joel E. Goldberg, MD, Jennifer L. Irani, MD, Melissa Murphy, MD and Nelya Melnitchouk, MD have advanced training in colon and rectal surgery, and serve as faculty members at Harvard Medical School, training the next generation of surgeons through BWH’s Colorectal Surgery Fellowship program.

We are the colon and rectal surgical team for the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and collaborate with medical specialists from BWH’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center. Our surgeons help colorectal patients get better faster, with improved outcomes and fewer post-operative problems, by following evidence-based techniques, many of which were developed here.

As active researchers, our colon and rectal surgeons study numerous areas of gastrointestinal and colorectal disease, including cancer. We provide our patients with the latest therapeutic approaches to their care, through investigational clinical trials.

General and gastrointestinal surgery services are available at multiple locations in and around Boston.


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