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Message from the Chief

Dr. Joseph Carmichael
UC Irvine Healthcare Communications
Joseph Carmichael, MD, chief, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery

UC Irvine’s Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients while utilizing state-of-the-art medical techniques.

Our goal is to see all our new patients as soon as possible and to have a comprehensive treatment plan established at the first visit.

Our faculty members have the greatest experience in robotic rectal surgery in the country and are skilled in laparoscopic procedures for the maximum benefit in the treatment of colorectal and small intestinal disorders. We are also the only center in Orange County offering cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for the treatment of peritoneal surface tumors. We have an active sacral nerve stimulator program to treat incontinence and can perform a variety of outpatient procedures such as colonoscopy and endorectal ultrasound.

The disorders we treat include cancers of the colon, rectum and anus, as well as inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). We also treat diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and other benign diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, including hemorrhoids and fistulas. We also perform complex re-operative procedures.

In addition, our physicians are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and clinical trials as we strive to improve outcomes for our patients at UC Irvine as well as patients elsewhere.

The outstanding surgeons in our growing division not only train future physicians, they also mentor local and regional surgeons in robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques that have revolutionized the field of surgery. These minimally invasive techniques use smaller incisions, resulting in a quicker recovery and less pain for our patients.

Our research spans a broad range of colorectal issues, from hemorrhoids to novel surgical techniques for complex rectal cancers. Our faculty, fellows and residents are supported in this work by a research assistant, a statistical analyst and a full-time research resident.

We also have collaborative relationships with UC Irvine’s Department of Epidemiology, Center for Health Policy Research as well as the Beckman Laser Institute. These ties have led to the development of state-of-the-art laser techniques, among other innovative products and procedures.

Our researchers are involved in multi-institutional and national protocols and regularly present their findings at local, regional and national meetings. Our work also appears in well-respected journals.

Within the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, we strive daily to expand our knowledge and skills. But our primary goal is to deliver the most comprehensive, effective and compassionate care to patients.