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University of California, Irvine Medical Center

University of California, Irvine Medical Center | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
333 City Boulevard West
Suite 850
Orange, CA 92868
United States
(714) 456-8511
(714) 456-6027

Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 4

Salary/Year: $65,005.00 + benefits 

Case Mix/Number of Cases: The colon and rectal surgery resident will have exposure to the full spectrum of cases encompassing colon and rectal surgery. Case numbers are approximately 275 major abdominal cases (including 175 laparoscopic resections), 200 anorectal cases and 150 colonoscopies. Laparoscopic, as well as robotic cases, are performed regularly.

Strengths of Program: The program is located at the only University Hospital in Southern California’s Orange County. This setting provides exposure to a wide variety of common and rare disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. There is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program and an NCI-designated comprehensive national cancer center at the Medical Center. The program is a leader in minimally-invasive colon and rectal surgery including extensive robotic rectal resection experience. We have a busy research program.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Clinic experience occurs with each of the attending surgeons. The resident will have the opportunity to evaluate patients preoperatively, plan for their care and see them post-operatively within these clinics.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: There are three general surgery residents on the colon and rectal surgery service (a PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-4).  There is also interaction with the residents during conferences.

Conferences: Weekly morbidity and mortality conference, as well as Grand Rounds, take place through the Department of Surgery. There is a weekly Gastrointestinal Tumor Board (with radiology and pathology), as well as a weekly colorectal surgery educational conference. 

Outside Rotations: Not Available.

Research Year: Not Available

Requirement for Paper: Submission of an abstract to the ASCRS meeting is highly encouraged.  

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery will provide funds to attend the annual ASCRS meeting. Further, the department will fund travel to meetings for presentations.