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As elucidated in our mission statement the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery is dedicated to providing 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 in these diseases. The Division maintains itself on the cutting edge of colon and rectal surgery through its unique relationship with the only training program for colon and rectal surgery in the city of Chicago (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency training program).   Active and productive research is performed by the faculty in conjunction with the residents.  Each resident is expected to complete at least one retrospective review and or one short-term prospective study during the year for submission to the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons for presentation and/or publication. Supervision and direction is provided at research meetings conducted by the Director of Research, Vivek Chaudhry, M.D.  Residents also have opportunities to co-author one or more book chapters with Division faculty.
Research work is frequently presented at regional, national and international meetings as well as for publication in peer review journals thereby reflecting the excellent quality of work produced by our Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
For the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the Department of Surgery, scientific investigation is intimately linked to patient care. The Department of Surgery has a rich history of basic and clinical science research, distinguishing itself as an academic and clinical center of excellence.
Both the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the Department of Surgery have progressively increased their rank in the number and amount of research grants, according to the National Science Foundation. The Department of Surgery currently receives several million dollars each fiscal year in sponsored research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), internal allocations, and industry grants. Additionally, the Department of Surgery has progressively increased its rank in NIH research funding within the nation.

Recent Research Projects from the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery include:

  • ROBOTIC COLORECTAL SURGERY – EARLY EXPERIENCE

  • LAPAROSCOPIC ASSISTED LOW ANTERIOR RESECTION WITH OPEN PELVIC DISSECTION ACHIEVING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

  • SINGLE STAPLED, DOUBLE PURSESTRING ANASTOMOSIS AFTER ANTERIOR RESECTION OF RECTUM

  • ROBOTIC VS LAPAROSCOPIC INTESTINAL SUTURED ANASTOMOSIS

  • USE OF A PORCINE BIOPROSTHETIC PLUG FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ANORECTAL FISTULAS

  • INCISIONAL HERNIA RATE AFTER LAPAROSCOPIC COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY: MIDLINE VERSUS LOW TRANSVERSE INCISIONS

  • LAPAROSCOPIC COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY INCREASES THE RISK OF PERI-OPERATIVE PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

  • FEASIBILITY OF TRANSANAL ROBOTIC SURGERY. A POTENTIAL APPLICATION FOR NATURAL ORIFICE TRANSLUMINAL ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY (NOTES).

Ongoing Clinical Trials

  1. NSABP RO4 – SITE CO-INVESTIGATOR

  2. NSABP CO8 - SITE CO-INVESTIGATOR

  3. ECOG 5204 - SITE CO-INVESTIGATOR

  4. A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of Intravenous Methylnaltrexone (MOA-728) for the Treatment of Post Operative Ileus

  5. Primary Closure and drainage for fistula in Ano

  6. Porcine Bioprosthetic Plug for Management of Anorectal Fistulas

 

Ongoing Projects

Human studies
Giant Condyloma
Anal Adenocarcinoma
AIN in HIV+ - role of High Resolution Anoscopy
2 stage fistulotomy – quality of life study
Minority outcome of Colon and Rectal Cancer
Fistula in Ano – A change in management strategy
Anastomotic leak  - management strategies
TEM with robotics  - a new platform

Animal Studies
Ability of Fibrin Glue to induce submucosal fibrosis in rat anorectum. A pilot study

 

 

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