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Message from the Chief

Welcome to the UCSF Center for Colorectal Surgery

Our team of colorectal surgeons and others members of our clinicial team are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of problems of the colon, rectum and anus. In addition to full training in general surgery, our colorectal surgeons have completed advanced training in the treatment of colorectal problems, and therefore, play an important role in the effective treatment of patients with colorectal diseases.

We are committed to providing the safest, most patient-focused and effective clinical care. Not only do we specialize in the surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, including inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and pelvic floor disorders, but we are leaders in the use of advanced laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery, using minimally invasive techniques. 

Studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer. Also, patients will pay less for surgical care because of fewer complications. This is attributed to our surgeons' advanced training and the high volume of colorectal disease surgeries we perform, the majority of which are done laparoscopically.

UCSF Medical Center earned a “high performance” rating – the highest rating possible – for colon cancer surgery in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospitals survey. The survey evaluated data from more than 4,500 hospitals.

Our goals are threefold:

  1. To provide excellent care of patients
  2. To educate our community about important colorectal conditions and their treatment
  3. To conduct clinical research to further our understanding of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.

Over the last few years, we have expanded our Center for Pelvic Physiology to accommodate the increasing number of patients that require evaluation for fecal incontinence, constipation and pelvic floor prolapse.

This center has state-of-the-art technology for physiologic testing and a multidisciplinary approach to patients with complex pelvic floor disorders. Additionally, we are a part of the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease and the Cancer Risk Program. These collaborations allow us to not only treat complex patients with inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and pelvic floor disorders with a multidisciplinary approach, but also help us to continue our active research efforts into treatment of these conditions.


Varma Sig

Madhulika Varma, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery 
Maurice Galante, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgical Oncology
Director, UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology

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