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Department of


Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery

The surgeons of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery treat benign, malignant and inflammatory conditions of the colon and rectum. Patients with colorectal cancer and polyposis syndromes; inflammatory bowel disease and other colitides; rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence; and hemorrhoids and other benign anorectal disorders are seen at The Christ Hospital Medical Office Building, UC Health Physicians Offices Clifton and West Chester, and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and transanal surgical procedures are available to patients with both benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. The group has expertise in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) for large rectal polyps and early rectal cancers. Robotic surgery, which allows superior visualization of pelvic anatomy and fine dissection in the pelvis, is now offered for rectal cancers. These minimally invasive approaches are associated with less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activity than with traditional surgical approaches, and are appropriate for patients with a wide range of diseases. The team is currently the only center in the Tristate area offering the Interstim device for the treatment of fecal incontinence.

Colorectal cancer patients are treated in collaboration with medical oncology, radiation oncology and the hepatobiliary surgeons of UC Health. These patients benefit from coordination of care across specialties, with surgery performed in a timely manner following neo-adjuvant treatment.

The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center - the only one in the region - is visited yearly by hundreds of patients for evaluation and treatment of fecal incontinence, debilitating constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. For more information visit Christhospital Urogynecology-and-Pelvic.

Academic pursuits of our colorectal surgeons include clinical trials, novel surgical techniques and innovative treatments for many colorectal disorders. UC colorectal research outcomes have been presented at national and international meetings.


Martha A. Ferguson, MD
Ian M. Paquette, MD
Janice F. Rafferty, MD
Jonathan R. Snyder, MD
Earl "Tommy" Thompson, MD
UC colorectal surgeons
Section Chief
Janice F. Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery