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Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program

Program director:  Patrick J. Recio, DO, FACS, FASCRS
Program length:
Fellows per year:  2

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits and Stipends
Contact Us
Fellowship Graduates


About the Program


The attending staff for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship consists of four board-certified colon and rectal surgeons who work primarily at Saint Vincent Hospital, with secondary activity at Hamot Medical Center.

Surgical volume includes over 300 major abdominal cases, 400 anorectal cases, 100 physiologic studies and 3,000 colonoscopies annually. The teaching faculty represent the only colorectal surgical presence in northwest Pennsylvania, drawing from a population of over 750,000 from northwest and north central Pennsylvania, western New York and northeast Ohio.

The program is proud of its devotion to providing our patients with both modern minimally invasive treatments and evidence-based surgical treatment. Traditional laparoscopic surgery and single-incision laparoscopic surgery are routinely performed. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is also part of our armamentarium for appropriate rectal tumors. The exposure to and experience with ileal pouch and complex IBD surgery is supplemented with a two-week rotation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. A wide variety of minimally invasive fistula treatments are performed including LIFT, collagen plug and fibrin glue procedures. Advanced topical therapy and Botulinum toxin chemical sphincterotomy are employed as alternatives to surgical sphincterotomy. Skin-sparing alternatives to hemorrhoidectomy and traditional pilonidal surgery are also available.

The same devotion extends to the endoscopic and physiologic assessment services. In addition to routine diagnostic colonoscopy, both narrow band imaging and chromoendoscopy, are selectively employed. Therapeutic modalities include wall stenting, argon beam coagulation and endoscopic mucosal resection of lesions. Available physiologic studies include anal manometry, RAIR and sensory threshold evaluation, pudendal nerve terminal motor latency determination, and video defecography. This is supplemented by anal ultrasound for sphincter and fistula evaluation as well as rectal ultrasound for tumor staging.

In addition to surgical cases, the full spectrum of challenges in the diagnosis and management of constipation, incontinence, pelvic floor disorders and inflammatory bowel disease is seen through the office-based component of the residency. The office exposure also includes the fundamentals of practice management, coding, billing and revenue cycle evaluation. There is active interest in both prospective as well as retrospective clinically based research with several projects ongoing annually.

Each resident is expected to prepare a manuscript suitable for oral presentation to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Each resident is expected to present their research from the podium at the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ spring meeting. The program is devoted to an ACGME competency-based approach to evaluating progress through the program. In recognition of the already completed five postgraduate years of experience, the residents are treated as junior colleagues engaged in adult learning. Residents alternate in preparing and delivering weekly evidence-based lectures covering the topics in the colorectal curriculum. This serves as the basis for energetic discussion of key points and controversies within the surgical literature. Additionally, journal club, pathology conference, tumor board, and radiology conference all meet on a monthly basis.



Application Information


Applications for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship are taken through ERAS.

For more information, please call the medical education administrator at 1.800.730.3003.


Benefits and Stipend


  • Salary: $54,957
  • Moving expenses: Reimbursement of out-of -town moving expenses up to $2,000 with receipts (subject to prevailing tax rate)
  • Health and dental insurance: Interns, residents and associates pay a portion of the premium costs
  • Life insurance, long-term disability and malpractice insurance
  • Education: Reimbursed for expenses incurred in attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, such attendance being a condition of employment. Expenses will be reimbursed to a total of not more than $3,000
  • Meal stipend
  • 24-hour parking available in parking garage
  • Paid time off: 10 working days per year for vacation or travel for interviews for prospective employment
  • An additional 10 days of salaried absence for off-site medical education (courses, symposia, etc.). No fewer than three of these days will be reserved for attendance at the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons



Contact Us


Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Medical Education Administrator
Saint Vincent Hospital
Erie, PA 16544

Phone: 1.800.730.3003




The goal of the Colon & Rectal Surgery Residency Training Program is to train safe, competent and confident surgeons who are experts in the field of colon and rectal surgery and committed to ongoing learning through study and assessment of their outcomes. Graduates of the program will be committed to and capable of making significant contributions to the field of colon and rectal surgery through teaching, leadership and scholarship.

Click here to download the current Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship academic conference syllabus.






Patrick J. Recio, DO, FACS, FASCRS
Program Director

Colorectal Physicians & Surgeons of Pennsylvania
145 West 23rd St., Ste. 201
Erie, Pennsylvania 16502

Phone: 814.453.2777

Fax: 814.453.2779


  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, May 1999 Internship(s)
  • West Penn Hospital, Jul 1999 - Jun 2000 Residency(s)
  • West Penn Hospital, Jul 2000 - Jun 2005 Fellowship(s)
  • Ochsner Alton Med Foundation, Jul 2005 - Jun 2006


Board Certification(s)

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
American Board of Surgery


Fellowship Graduates


Andrea Zimmern, MD - Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey - Colorectal

Anand Lohda - Dallas, Texas, SSG - Colorectal
Ren Yu Zhang - Las Vegas, Nevada, MSG - Colorectal

Jane Park - Phillipsburg, New Jersey, SSG - Colorectal
Zihao Wu - Akron, Ohio, SSG - Colorectal

Ahmed Shalabi - Phoenix, Arizona, MSG - Colorectal
Steven Barone - Buffalo, New York, MSG - Colorectal/General

Michael Leiberth - Glen Falls, New York, MSG - Colorectal/General
Timothy Adams - Buffalo, New York, MSG - Colorectal

Lee Raley - Little Rock, Arkansas, SSG - Colorectal
Ryan Williams - Cleveland, Ohio, CCF - Colorectal

Nadine Duhan-Floyd - Fort Wayne, Indiana, SSG - Colorectal
Margaret Plocek - Syracuse, New York, SSG - Colorectal

Francis Martinez - Holyoke, Massachusetts, MSG - Colorectal
Michael Henein - Detroit, Michigan, SSG - Colorectal

Darren Koppel - Virginia Beach, Virginia, MSG - Colorectal
Delcasse Joseph - Queens, New York, SSG - Colorectal

Daniel Geisler - Cleveland, Ohio, CCF - Colorectal