Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UPHS
new Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, led by nationally
recognized colon/rectal specialist Dr. Robert D. Fry,
has been created within the Department of Surgery at
the Health System.
important subspecialty addition will further enhance
the level of care we provide to patients, and increase
our strength as a recognized national leader in comprehensive
surgical care," said Dr. Larry Kaiser, the John
Rhea Barton Professor and Chair of the Department of
Surgery, in announcing the formation and staffing of
the new division.
Robert Fry, who joined Penn this semester as Professor
of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal
Surgery, is joined in his new division by surgeons Dr.
John L. Rombeau, Dr. Howard M. Ross, and Dr. Najjia N.
Mahmoud. Complementing the surgical team will be a professional
support staff consisting of a clinical nurse, Sara Gray,
and a genetics counselor, Gretchen Matika.
Fry came to Penn from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital,
where he served as the Marks Professor and Chief of the
Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He served as President
of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
during 2001, and now serves as Director of the American
Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He recently completed
a term as a Director of the American Board of Surgery.
He served for five years on the Residency Review Committee
for Colon and Rectal Surgery, including a term as Vice
is estimated that Penn's Colon and Rectal Surgery Division
will serve at least 300 additional patients each year
at HUP and the Presbyterian Medical Center. One of every
18 people in the U.S. will develop colorectal cancer
in his or her lifetime. Colorectal cancer is the third
most diagnosed cancer in North America, after lung and
breast cancer in women, and lung and prostate cancer
new division will also provide an umbrella of services
for colon and rectal conditions other than cancer, including
colonoscopies and surgical procedures for inflammatory
bowel disease, diverticulitis and anorectal pathology.