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Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Ronald Bleday MD, Section Chief, Colorectal Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
United States
(617) 732-6861
(617) 734-0336

Number of Residents (per year): 1 

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 4

Salary/Year: $78,500

Case Mix/Number of Cases: This past year, our resident performed over 630 procedures. We surpassed all of the RRC required minimums in operative procedures and in disease management. 

Strengths of Program: The program is well-balanced with a high case volume.   We perform a significant number of laparoscopic, robotic and open procedures.  We also perform an ample number of re-operative abdominal and pelvic cases that are essential to the training of a colorectal fellow.  The main strength is the experience in cancer care. We have a direct affiliation with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our resident gains significant experience in all approaches to the surgical treatment of colon, rectal and anal cancer. We also have several GI faculty with expertise in the care and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. They are part of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Crohn’s and Colitis Center. With this collaboration, the program provides an extensive clinic and operative experience in the surgical treatment of patients with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. As a tertiary care referral center, we also attract patients with complex diverticular disease.  


To round out the training experience, our resident has sessions for colonoscopy as well as operative days performing outpatient anorectal procedures. The resident also spends one day per month in a pelvic floor clinic that performs anal physiology testing.


After the residency program, the resident has had an excellent exposure to all facets of colorectal pathophysiology.  The rich operative experience in laparoscopic, robotic and complex re-operative pelvic surgery rounds out the resident experience.     

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The resident rotates one session per week (half day) in the outpatient clinic with one of the Surgical Faculty. The resident also spends about one session per week performing endoscopy. 

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The Brigham and Women's Hospital has a General Surgery residency from the PGY 1 to the PGY 5 level. There are also five Fellowships in total (including Colorectal). Teaching is expected.


  • Chapter Review: Weekly to biweekly with Colorectal Faculty
  • Journal Club: Review of current and "classic" manuscripts on a quarterly basis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Conference: Biweekly case presentations by residents in conjunction with Gastroenterology Department
  • Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Conference: Weekly in conjunction with the medical and radiation oncologists at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Surgery M & M: Weekly, sponsored by the Department of Surgery for all sections and divisions.  Selected complications are presented by the residents and fellows. Radiology is reviewed, and there is a literature review.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds: Coordinated by general surgery faculty. Colorectal or topics of significant interest are presented one to two times per month.
  • Fellows Retreat: One full day per year sponsored by the Partners Healthcare System. Specialized lectures relating specifically to post-residency Fellows are reviewed. Networking is encouraged.

Anorectal Physiology: Outside rotations. 

Outside Rotations: One session per month at Massachusetts General Hospital - Danvers campus for anorectal physiology, endorectal ultrasound and pelvic floor consultations. 

Research Year: Not Available. 

Requirement for Paper: All residents are required to submit an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting of the ASCRS. All residents are encouraged to write one manuscript and one book chapter. As the program is part of Harvard Medical School, there are multiple opportunities for collaboration. 

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Residents are supported to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons and the meeting of the New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, both in the spring. The Resident is also sent to courses focusing on robotic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) and career development.