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March 26, 2013

Dr. Bruce Orkin Appointed Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Rush

Dr. Bruce Orkin has joined the department of General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center as professor, and vice chair for academic affairs in the department of general surgery effective March 12.

“There is a long tradition of excellence in colorectal surgery at Rush and I’m looking forward to collaborative efforts among many departments. Having a joint adult and pediatric colorectal surgery program makes treatment a lot more seamless. Pediatric patients get the medical advice and treatment they need plus as adults they can transition to adult care at Rush far more easily,” said Orkin.

Orkin comes to Rush from Tufts Medical Center in Boston where he served as vice chair for academic affairs, department of surgery, and chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery at Tufts and the Floating Hospital for Children. He previously was director of the division of colon and rectal surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“Orkin was the first colorectal surgeon to use robotics in Boston. He specializes in treating both congenital disorders as well as acquired disorders,” said Dr. Daniel Deziel, Helen Shedd Keith Professor and Chair, Department of General Surgery, Rush University Medical Center. “His skill is a great addition to the surgical expertise at Rush, both on a clinical and academic level.”

Orkin is one of only a handful of colorectal surgeons in the nation who treats both adults and children. He specializes in the use of minimally invasive surgical approaches to address colorectal cancers and complex conditions such as Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease. In Boston, he chaired the Robotic Steering Committee at Tufts. He also has extensive experience with transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) and, more recently, he pioneered single-port laparoscopic colorectal procedures.

Currently, Orkin serves as chairman of the residency review committee for colorectal surgery of the ACGME (Accreditation council for GME), which oversees all residency training programs in the country. Orkin’s professional society memberships include the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He was also a founder and fellow of the Chesapeake Colorectal Society.

Orkin’s research interests include surgical treatment of early and advance colon, rectal and anal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, minimal invasive surgery, management of congenital and developmental colorectal disorders in children, perineal reconstruction, pelvic prolapse in women and motility disorders.

A prolific researcher and educator, Orkin has co-authored numerous books, book chapters and articles, and he has presented and lectured extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. Orkin has authored more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals; written numerous book chapters on various topics concerning the colon; and contributed nearly 70 abstracts and presentations. He as also delivered more than 140 invited lectures.

Orkin received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He did his internship at UCLA in Los Angeles and completed his residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He performed a two-year fellowship gastroenterologic research at the Mayo Clinic, and then completed a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 1989. Orkin has received multiple awards for his work and has been recognized as a Top Doctor in many surveys published in the Washingtonian Magazine, Boston Magazine and U.S.News and World Report.

Services offered in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery:

  • We treat both adults and children with congenital and developmental colorectal problems
  • Laparoscopic and robotic colon and rectal surgery for most colorectal surgical problems
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) for rectal polyps and early cancers
  • Cutting edge treatment of early and advanced colon, rectal, and anal cancer
  • Surgical management of complex inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (laparoscopic ileal pouch-anal anastomosis, etc.)
  • Diverticular disease management
  • Pelvic prolapse, incontinence and constipation
  • Endorectal ultrasound
  • Sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence
  • Advanced treatment of pilonidal disease
  • Treatment of the broad gamut of colon and anorectal disorders



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