The Colon and Rectal Surgery Service exists within the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia to provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from surgical diseases of the colon and rectum. Specifically, it provides up to date diagnostic and therapeutic service for patients with colorectal cancer, including sphincter saving approaches and adjuvant therapy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse, anal sphincter injury, and a wide variety of benign anorectal conditions including hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistula-in-ano. Additionally, the service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, as well as laparoscopic colon surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). State of the art ostomy care is also available from Certified Enterostomal Therapists.
The service also provides a full range of educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, and patients regarding the treatment of colorectal disease, and is active in the recruitment of patients in up to date clinical protocols for the treatment of colorectal disease.
For questions about the Colon and Rectal Surgery Service at the University of Virginia, or for patient referrals, please call: 434- 243-2670 or 434-924-9304
|Charles Friel, M.D., FACS, FACRS
Associate Professor of Surgery
|Traci L. Hedrick, M.D., FACS, FACRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
|Office: (434) 243-2670
|Robert Rowell, RN, ANP||Office: (434) 243-2670
|David Mercer, RN, NP, WOC||Office: (434) 243-2670