Board Certified Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Colon and rectal surgery is a subspecialty that concerns itself with diseases of the lower gastrointestinal tract otherwise known as the colon, rectum and anus. The field incorporates what was once known as proctology, as well as intra-abdominal bowel surgery and endoscopic surgery (fiberoptic colonoscopy). Colon and rectal surgeons are trained in general surgery before undergoing additional training in the management of colon, rectal, and anal diseases. The surgeons have taken special training to preserve the anus. New techniques allow preservation of the anal sphincter, and thus bowel control, in more patients than ever before.

To be certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery the surgeon must have met a standard in colon and rectal surgery by fulfilling educational and examination requirements. They also have to meet various credentialing requirements.

In order to maintain certification the surgeon has to take part in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. A continuous process that consists of maintaining adequate professional standing as well as participating in lifelong learning and self-assessment. In addition there is a periodic recertification examination that must be successfully completed.

Learn more about what a board certified colon and rectal surgeon is by visiting the The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons website.