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:
- Studies on the prevention of surgical site infections after colorectal operations
- Research into the nonoperative management of low rectal cancers
- Colon cancer genetic studies
- Chemoprevention study for familial polyposis-related events
- Participation in a large scale transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) database project
- Several molecular studies to help determine patients at high risk for colorectal cancer recurrence
- Follow-up study of timing of rectal cancer response to chemoradiation
- Crohn’s tissue bank and database
- Hereditary colon and rectal database
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.