Cook County Health and Hospitals System Program


The Colorectal Surgery Program serves as a consulting service for Stroger Hospital of Cook County, UIC, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The Division at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, along with the Section of Surgical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, performs the majority of inpatient as well as outpatient colonoscopic and flexible proctosigmoidoscopic examinations for surgery at this institution. The division admits over 500 patients annually and sees approximately 4,500 patients in clinic. Members of the Colorectal Surgery Division have presented a variety of papers at national meetings and have published clinical papers in the various journals.

Faculty Listing

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County Campus
Jose Cintron, M.D. FACS, FASCRS Chair, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Vivek Chaudhry, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Program Directo, Clin Assoc Prof
Jacqueline Harrison, M.D., FASCS, FASCRS Attending Surgeon
Herand Abcarian, M.D., FACS FASCRS Voluntary Attending, Professor Emerius UIC
Ariane Abcarian, M.D. FACS, FASCRS, Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon
Nathalie Mantilla, M.D. Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon.

University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital Campus
Anders Mellgren, M.D., PhD, Turi Josefsen Professor & Chief
Johan Nordestam, M.D.
Herand Abcarian, M.D., FACS FASCRS Professor Emeritus
Vivek Chaudhry, M.D. FACS FASCRS Clin Associate Professor
Gerald Gantt, M.D.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Campus
John Park, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Clinical Associate Professor, Senior Staff Surgeon
Robert Weisman, M.D., Senior Staff Surgeon
Slawomir Marecik, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Staff Surgeon
Kunal Kochar, FACS, FASCRS Staff Surgeon

Recent Fellow Placement

Bertelson, Noelle -
Abcarian, Ariane - Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County
White, Patrick - University of Minnesota
Patel, Supriya, Kaiser System
Bouchard, Christine Marie
Halm, Kristen
Hurtuk, Michael Gregory - Colon & Rectal Surgeon and Chief of Surgery Little Company of Mary Chicago
Vercillo, Kristin - Colon & Rectal Surgeon Chicago
Dagbert, Francois - Université de Montréal
Kochar, Kunal - Attending Surgeon - Lutheran General Hospital
Nathalie Mantilla - Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County
Gerald Gantt - Assistant Professor University of Illinois Chicago.
Elizabeth Arcila - Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon Hoag Hospital LA
Daniel Owen Young - Attending Colon & Rectal Surgeon, Pacific Medical Centers, Seattle.

Recent Fellow Publications

Vivek Chaudhry, M.D.
Maire Leahy
1900 W. Polk Street
Room 406
Chicago, IL 60612

Number of Positions Offered:

  • Clinical: 3
  • Research:

Accreditation Status

Next Scheduled (Self-Study) Visit

Case Numbers – Past Five Years

Abdominal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Segmental Colectomy
Laparoscopic Resection
Low Anterior Resection
Abdominoperineal Resection
Proctocolectomy Total
Proctocolectomy w/Ileostomy
Proctocolectomy w/Ileoanal Reservoir
Prolapse Repair Total
Prolapse Repair Abdominal
Prolapse Repair Perineal
Stomas Total
Stomas Complications
Pelvic Dissections
Abdominal Procedure Total
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Colonoscopy Total
Colonoscopy Diagnostic
Colonoscopy w/Intervention
Pelvic Floor Evaluation
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor Total
Anorectoal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Endorectal Advancement Flap
Fecal Incontinence Procedures
Internal Sphincterotomy
Transanal Excision
Anorectoal Procedure Total