Colon and Rectal Surgery

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Surgery

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two of the most common inflammatory bowel diseases. Although there are no medical or surgical therapies that will cure Crohn’s disease, some treatments can reduce symptoms and complications. Typically, patients with Crohn’s disease are prescribed medications that reduce inflammation. Surgical approaches are usually only used to manage complications of the disease that are not treatable with medications. The doctors in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Tufts Medical Center are experienced in using these surgical approaches when issues such as toxic colitis, bowel perforation, fistulas, abdominal abscesses, obstruction severe bleeding and cancer or pre-cancerous changes develop. Learn more about Crohn’s disease treatment options at Tufts Medical Center.

Ulcerative colitis is usually treated through lifestyle changes and medication. When these techniques do not work, if there are warning signs of cancer or if a patient has serious complications or is unable to tolerate medications, surgical consultation may be needed.

Richard T.  Birkett, MD

Richard T. Birkett, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Department(s): Surgery , Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Benign and malignant colon, rectal and anal conditions
Minimally invasive techniques to treat colon cancer, sphincter-saving techniques for rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and rectal prolapse
Anorectal conditions including symptomatic hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistulas and is trained in sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence
Robotic surgery and advanced laparoscopy as well as advanced trans-anal surgery using the TAMIS platform.

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Lilian  Chen, MD

Lilian Chen, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Colon and Rectal Surgeon; Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program; Associate Director of Surgical Education; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, anorectal disease, rectal prolapse and sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence

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Martin D. Goodman, MD

Martin D. Goodman, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program; Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9248
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, advanced abdominal tumors, peritoneal surface malignancies, hepatobiliary/pancreatic/colorectal minimally invasive surgical oncology

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Call us at 617-636-6190 for more information, to discuss treatment options or to make an appointment.