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Division Chief, Dr. Prasad

The mission of the colon and rectal surgery division, is to provide compassionate and state of the art care for patients suffering from diseases of the colon, rectum, anus, and small bowel and to further the advancements of research and education for these diseases.

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery was established by Herand Abcarian, M.D. who is also a Turi Josefsen Professor Emeritus of Surgery. He was the first colon and rectal surgeon in the United States to hold an endowed chair in colon and rectal surgical practice.  The division consists of colon and rectal surgeons who are Board Certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The surgeon who has attained Certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) has specialized knowledge and skill with regard to, problems of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel. Your UIC surgeon has completed advanced training in the treatment of colon and rectal problems, in addition to, receiving full training within general surgery. The Colon and Rectal Division treats benign and malignant conditions, performs routine screening examinations and surgically treats problems, when necessary. You can feel confident that your surgeon is an expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems. 

The Division carries out all types of colon and rectal operations. Surgeons within our division have extensive experience in minimally invasive and robotic surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel, complex anorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) as well as, complex reoperative surgeries. 

Our Division oversees The Pelvic Floor Center. Patients are treated for incontinence, constipation, and a variety of pelvic floor disorders, including rectal prolapse, rectocele, anismus, levator syndrome and pelvic outlet obstruction. The Pelvic Floor Center performs a variety of procedures including anorectal manometry, EMGs, pudendal nerve terminal motor latency, anorectal ultrasound, electrogalvanic stimulation and biofeedback.

The Division maintains itself on the cutting edge of colon and rectal surgery through its unique relationship with the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency training program. This program is the only training program for colon and rectal surgery in the city of Chicago.  Every year the program graduates three residents who rotate between the University of Illinois, Lutheran General Hospital, and the County hospital. Didactic conferences are held jointly between the three institutions. Active and productive research is performed by the faculty in conjunction with the residents. Research work is frequently presented at regional, national and international meetings. Materials are offered for publication in peer review journals and reflect the excellent quality of work produced by the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UIC.

Dr. Leela M. Prasad, MD, SC, Division Chief

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