Our Program

The multidisciplinary team of specialists that comprise our Colon and Small Bowel Program at Keck Medicine of USC offer state-of-the-art care for the full range of diseases and functional disorders frequently seen by this specialty. Disorders include rectal prolapse, incontinence and other pelvic floor difficulties, small bowel bleeding, anorectal abnormalities and defecatory dysfunction.

Our world-class experts are recognized for their exceptional skill and access to the latest technology and research data. Many community physicians refer cases to our program, knowing that their patients – many of whom are facing particularly challenging colon or small bowel problems – will receive the state-of-the-art care necessary to provide the best outcomes possible.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • We are the only program in the western United States to offer endoscopic sub mucosal dissection for larger bowel lesions and polyps (complex polypectomy). Our gastroenterologists and surgeons can successfully remove large polyps – even those deemed unresectable by other medical centers – endoscopically, eliminating the need for incisions, surgery or hospitalization.
  • Sphincter-sparing and re-operative procedures for the rectum and colon, often without the need for traditional open surgery.
  • Temporarily or permanently stenting the colon for obstructions, tumors and other lesions when surgery may be too risky.
  • Laparoscopically creating a functional “rectum” with a “j-pouch” of small intestine for patients who have had their entire colon and rectum removed as a result of ulcerative colitis or polyposis syndrome.

Our new medical records system has dramatically improved our ability to communicate with your referring and treating physicians outside of Keck Medicine of USC. We can now easily send information about your treatment plan or procedure at Keck back to your doctors in the community.

Without clinical trials, new treatments – possibly even life-sparing ones – would not be possible. We have conducted trials to evaluate the role of spiral enteroscopy in treating patients who have undergone complex surgery. Currently, a promising ongoing study will reveal if narrow band imaging can facilitate the diagnostic evaluation of precancerous lesions throughout the bowel.

Our Approach

Our team of gastroenterologists, surgeons, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists carefully evaluates your case to determine a treatment plan optimal for your unique needs. Whenever possible, we rely on laparoscopic methods over open surgical procedures to facilitate an earlier return to bowel function, lower the risk of infection and reduce recuperation time.

Many of our patients find our unique, postoperative enhanced recovery program yields effective pain control, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications, especially when their treatment includes laparoscopic surgical techniques.

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale
LAC+USC Medical Center
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital