Colorectal Laboratories

The Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery has a strong commitment to medical and scientific research with ongoing collaborative projects that focus on state-of-the art research related to colorectal surgery.

Active research studies include:

  • Study of medications for the treatment of postoperative ileus in patients undergoing laparotomy for large bowel resection (closed to accrual)
  • Several molecular studies to help determine patients at high risk for cancer recurrence
  • Timing of rectal cancer response to chemoradiation (closed to accrual)
  • Crohn’s tissue bank and database
  • Hereditary colon and rectal database
  • Statin polyp prevention trial in patients with resected colon cancer
  • ROLARR: A study of the efficacy of robotic vs. laparoscopic surgery (close to opening)

The section also engages in collaborative projects on the genetics of colorectal cancer and its therapies and the CREATE (Comprehensive Research on Expressed Alleles in Therapeutic Evaluation) Pharmacogenetics Research Network at Washington University School of Medicine. More information can be obtained at the CREATE website.

Elisa H. Birnbaum, MD

  • Professor of Surgery

Patient #:314-454-7177

Sean C. Glasgow, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Patient #:(314) 454-7177

Ira J. Kodner, MD

  • Emeritus Professor of Surgery 

Matthew Silviera, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Patient #:(314) 454-7177

Sekhar Dharmarajan, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Patient #:US Veterans Health Administration

Steven R. Hunt, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Patient #:(314) 454-7177

Matthew G. Mutch, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Program Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency

Patient #:(314) 454-7177

Paul E. Wise, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Program Director, General Surgery Residency
  • Director, Inherited Colorectal Cancer and Polyposis Registry


Patient #:(314) 454-7177