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department of surgery

Division of Colorectal Surgery


The burgeoning division of colorectal surgery offers cutting edge care and invaluable learning in the treatment of colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis), and anorectal disease.

All members of the division are doubly-board certified and share specialty interests in minimally invasive approaches to colon and rectal disease, colon and rectal cancer care, the treatment of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as common anorectal disorders.

Temple University School of Medicine allows our team to provide all modalities of care, including: robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, colonoscopy, transanal minimally invasive surgery, and sacral stimulation for fecal incontinence. Residents are exposed to the most advanced techniques of benign anorectal surgery as well as to more traditional methods.

Working closely with medical oncology and radiation oncology, residents are able to experience the multidisciplinary teamwork that is necessary in treating colorectal cancer. This section also provides them the opportunity to learn the advanced skills of laparoscopic bowel surgery as well as those of colonoscopy.



Howard M. Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Howard M. Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Chief, Colorectal Surgery
Surgical Director, Digestive Disease Center
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Email: howard.ross@tuhs.temple.edu



Matthew Philp, MD

Matthew Philp, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery
Email: matthew.philp@tuhs.temple.edu