Expert Colon and Rectal Care

The Abrazo Health Colorectal Surgery Program specializes in treating conditions affecting the colon and rectum and offers a full range of advanced surgical services dedicated to detection, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal disease.

Our skilled Surgeons and core Colorectal Team provide a unique approach by coordinating and providing services to treat a number colon and rectal conditions in one central location. From complex surgical cases to routine outpatient procedures like colonoscopy screening. The board-certified colorectal surgeons work as a team with other specialists, as needed, to optimize treatment plans and provide an individualized experience.

To find a physician, fill out the form at the link below or call (833) 925-0076.

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Whether you need surgery for Colon cancer, Rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis or other conditions of the lower gastrointestinal system, Abrazo Health Colorectal Surgeons are the experts. They are specially trained and skilled at Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) laparoscopic and Robot-assisted approaches, emphasizing precision, leading to decreased hospitalization and less pain and scarring, fewer complications, reduced risk of infection and quicker recovery time.

Our colorectal surgeons offer the full spectrum of care for bowel diseases and disorders, including:

  • Anal cancer
  • Anal fissures
  • Anal and rectal abscess
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Fistulae
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Ostomy
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Polyps
  • Proctitis
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectal prolapse


The Abrazo Health colorectal surgeons have been specially trained in the least invasive methods to treat diseases and disorders of the colon and rectum including, but not limited to, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBS), diverticulitis, bowel obstruction, abscesses, rectal prolapse, rectal cancer and colon cancer.

They are highly skilled in a full range of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgeries and other advanced techniques, such as:

  • Colon resection
  • Fistulotomy
  • Laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgery
  • Polypectomy
  • Sphincter salvage procedure
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery

Why Choose Us? 

The Abrazo Health Colorectal Surgery Program offers our patients a high level of coordinated care with the convenience of one central location. All of our colorectal surgeons are fellowship trained and board-certified, and here are some highlights of the program:

  • Personalized patient-centered care with direct access to a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, all located at Abrazo Health for faster access to comprehensive treatment
  • Designated Colorectal Specialists
  • Dedicated nurse navigator and ostomy nurses to partner with patients and physicians to optimize treatment plans and quality of care to ensure smooth recovery and good communication between all providers and patients.
  • Advanced technologies focused on patient care to enhance patient treatment experience

Our Treatment Team

  • Fellowship trained, board-certified colorectal surgeons
  • Hospitalist/anesthesia providers
  • Multidisciplinary specialists including oncologists, gastroenterologists and other specialty surgeons as needed
  • Dedicated Colorectal Nurse Navigator
  • Certified ostomy nurses
  • Quality management

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons include:

  • Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD
  • Tafadzwa Makarawo, MD
  • Elizabeth McConnell, MD
  • Debora McClary, MD
  • Hadi Najafian, DO

Personal Nurse Navigator

Each patient’s personalized care is overseen by a dedicated Colorectal Nurse Navigator – your personal advocate who continually monitors progress throughout the treatment journey. The Nurse Navigator’s involvement begins prior to surgery, serving as your liaison with the hospital and providing education and support, which continues throughout your hospital stay and recovery at home.

Colorectal Surgery Services

Find a Colorectal Physician

To find a physician, fill out the form at the link below or call (833) 925-0076.