Colon & Rectal Surgery

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine is a unique academic program that traces its origins to 1916.

The Division is led by Robert D. Madoff, M.D., Professor of Surgery. The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery combines the strengths of a major research university and Medical School, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the clinical practices of the University of Minnesota Physicians and Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates.

Our Mission

  • Provide the best care for individuals with colorectal diseases or disorders
  • Train residents and future leaders of colorectal surgery
  • Improve outcomes through research, technology and education
  • Support the missions of the Academic Health Center, the Medical School and the Department of Surgery

Residencies and Fellowships

The University of Minnesota has over a 50-year tradition of training surgeons in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery. In the early 1950’s, the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery began to offer apprenticeships in the specialty, and since 1956, formal residencies have been awarded. Currently, a one-year postgraduate residency training program in the field of colon and rectal surgery is offered. The program meets the requirements of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Our faculty

The Division's faculty offer patients and referring physicians special expertise in all aspects of the care of patients with colorectal diseases and disorders.

Learn about other conditions we treat on the M Health website.


Cardiothoracic ConferenceAcademic conferences in the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery are held every Friday morning for approximately two hours at the corporate office.

William C. Bernstein, M.D. Familial Cancer Registry

The William C. Bernstein, MD Familial Cancer Registry enrolls individuals with cancer in order to identify those families at greater risk for familial or hereditary cancers.