General Surgery In the Department of Surgery

Colorectal Surgery

In the spring of 2001 Dr. Mark Welton , a nationally prominent colorectal surgeon accepted our offer to become Associate Professor and Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford. Dr. Welton had been at the University of California San Francisco for the better part of a decade and brings to his position an outstanding clinical practice and well-developed clinical interest in colorectal cancer surgery, and the surgery of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Andrew Shelton was recruited in the winter of 2001 from the University of Minnesota to join Dr. Welton in the section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Shelton, an Assistant Professor, completed his surgical training at UCSF and in addition to his interest in colorectal surgery, is an accomplished minimal access surgeon. The combination of Drs. Welton and Shelton will give Stanford the opportunity to develop the finest colorectal surgery program in the region.

Our board-certified colorectal surgeons specialize in complex colorectal surgery and managing anorectal problems. Our collaborations with gastroenterologists, radiologists, and medical and radiation oncologists strengthen and inform everything we do.

We are among those pioneering total mesorectal excisions (TME) for colorectal cancer as well as minimally invasive colorectal techniques for conditions that include: colon, rectal and anal cancer and polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, and pelvic floor disorders. We also manage the Anorectal Physiology Lab (ARP) at Stanford, which uses innovative technology to evaluate and treat a variety of bowel disorders.

Surgeons in this section see patients at the Stanford Cancer Center . Their clinical profile can be seen at this site by entering the "Find a Physician" link.

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