Colon & Rectal Surgery

Division Chief: Reid Grimes, MD

A Colon and Rectal Surgical Division was created at LSU Health Sciences Center in December 2003. Three physicians comprise the division. Each physician completed a general surgery residency and colon and rectal surgery residency. The physicians of the division are all certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, giving them special expertise in the diagnoses and management of problems involving the small intestine, colon, rectum and anus.

Diseases treated include benign anorectal and colon disease, inflammatory bowel disease and colo-rectal cancer. Colonoscopy for screening, polyp surveillance, cancer follow-up, and evaluation of gastrointestinal symptoms is also available.

The mission of the Colon and Rectal Division is to provide excellence in the treatment of colon and rectal disease. 

The surgeons of the Colon and Rectal Division work hard to ensure their patients receive the most appropriate and up-to-date care. They are involved in national and international education forums, weekly conferences and critical appraisal of new treatments.

The Colon and Rectal Division maintains one of only forty residencies for Colon and Rectal surgery in the United States. Surgeons trained by the Colon and Rectal Division are in practice from Alaska to Alabama and most places in between.