Our program places high priority on recruiting diverse trainees and faculty members.
Check out the Resident Guide to Program and Ann Arbor and go to https://www.stjoeshealth.org/graduate-medical-education/st-joseph-mercy-ann-arbor/colon-and-rectal-surgery-fellowship/ to learn more about our program and the fun and unique city of Ann Arbor!
The Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor is ACGME-accredited to match one Fellow for one clinical year. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
Our program emphasizes ACGME Core Competency, Evidence-based, and Best-Practice Parameters education, and 360-degree milestone evaluations. The strength of our program includes an ambitious educational curriculum, a wide variety of operative and endoscopic procedures, and an emphasis on quality and outcomes-based clinical research with the expectation of presentation at regional and national meetings, to include the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting. Our colon and rectal surgery faculty perform 775 abdominal cases a year to include open, laparoscopic, hand-assist laparoscopic, and robotic colorectal operations. Our clinical volume also includes over 600 anorectal cases, 275 colonoscopies, 500 inpatient and Emergency Department consults, and over 1800 Outpatient clinical office visits per year.
The Program Director is Co-Lead for the National Colorectal Surgery Residency Robotic Training Program, President of the Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the Director of Research for the Department of Surgery. He is also a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee and serves on several committees in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, including the Lead for the Enhanced Recovery Pathway Committee. The colon and rectal surgery resident will have the opportunity to work with residents in other fully accredited residency programs in good standing, including general surgery. Medical students from the University of Toledo and Physician Assistant students from the Eastern Michigan University rotate on our dedicated Enhanced Recovery Pathway Colon and Rectal Surgery Service.
We have partnered with the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Michigan to enhance fellowship training, especially with respect to pelvic floor disorders and complex IBD. The University of Michigan adds significant breadth and variety to the program, and provides an outstanding university experience. The Program Director for the University of Michigan 3-month rotation is John C Byrn, MD.
We take institutional and program requirements seriously and expect our colon and rectal surgery resident to meet and supersede experiences with essential disorders and procedures, as well as having substantial familiarity with anal physiology and pelvic floor disorders. Our program highlights several Quality and Patient Safety initiatives and research opportunities. The resident has an opportunity to present at several regional and national meetings. We are in full compliance with duty hour restrictions.
Application to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program may be made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For more information on the ERAS application process, please visit their website at www.aamc.org. Please note the following NRMP numbers when selecting our program:
Program NRMP number is 1292060F0
Program ACGME Number is 0602512075
For further information regarding the application process or the Colon and Rectal Surgery program, please contact:
Visit our website at http://www.stjoesannarbor.org/colon-and-rectal-surgery-fellowship and see program details at www.apdcrs.org for comprehensive descriptions of our program.
St Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor
1) Robert K Cleary MD, Program Director
University of Michigan
1) John C Byrn MD
Recent Fellow Placement
2019-20 Rebecca F Brown MD University of Maryland
Recent Fellow Publications
1) Stapler SJ, Brockhaus KK, Mahoney ST, McClure AM, Cleary RK. A single institution analysis of targeted colorectal surgery enhanced recovery pathway strategies that decrease readmissions. Dis Colon Rectum 2021
2) Mahoney ST, Irish W, Strassle PD, Schroen AT, Freischlag JA, Tuttle-Newhall JEB, Brownstein MR. Practice characteristics and job satisfaction of private practice and academic surgeons. JAMA Surg. 2021 Mar 1;156(3):247-254
3) Brown RF, Cleary RK. Intracorporeal versus Extracorporeal Anastomosis for Minimally Invasive Hemicolectomies. J Gastrointest Oncol 2020;11:500-507
4) Brown RF. Postoperative Pain After Enhanced Recovery Pathway Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery: Does Specimen Extraction Site Matter? Accepted ASCRS poster and Dis Colon Rectum
5) Lee YF, Brown RF, Battaglia MA, Cleary RK. Laparoscopic versus Open Emergent Sigmoid Resection for Perforated Diverticulitis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Dec 16. doi: 10.1007/s11605-019-04490-9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31845141
6) Hsu J, Sevak S. Management of Malignant Large Bowel Obstruction. Dis Colon Rectum 2019;62:1028-1030
7) Martin R, Hsu J, Soliman MK, Bastawrous AL, Cleary RK Incorporating a detailed case log system to standardize robotic colon and rectal surgery resident training and performance evaluation. J Surg Ed 2019;76(4): S1931-7204(18)30877-8
8) Cleary RK, Morris AM, Chang GJ, Halverson AL. Controversies in Surgical Oncology: Does the minimally invasive approach for rectal cancer provide equivalent oncologic outcomes when compared to the open approach? Ann Surg Oncol 2018;25(12):3587-3595
9) Al Natour RH, Obias V, Albright J, Wu J, Ferraro J, Akram WM, McClure AMM, Shaker BA, Cleary RK. A Propensity Score-Matched Comparison of Intracorporeal and Extracorporeal Techniques for Robotic-Assisted Sigmoidectomy in an Enhanced Recovery Pathway:. J Robotic Surg 2018; DOI 10.1007/s11701-018-00910-1
10) Cleary RK, Kassir A, Johnson CS, Bastawrous AL, Soliman MK, Marx DS , Giordano L, Reidy TJ, Parra-Davila E, Obias VJ, Carmichael JC, Pollock D, Pigazzi A. Intracorporeal versus extracorporeal anastomosis for minimally invasive right colectomy: a multi-center propensity score-matched comparison of outcomes. PLoS One. 2018 Oct 24;13(10):e0206277
11) Akram WM, Al-Natour RH, Albright J, Wu J, Ferraro J, Shanker BA, McClure AM, Cleary RK. A propensity score-matched comparison of intracorporeal and extracorporeal techniques for robotic-assisted right colectomy in an Enhanced Recovery Pathway. Am J Surg 2018;216:1095-1100
12) Lee YF, Albright J, Akram WM, Wu J, Ferraro J, Cleary RK. Unplanned robotic-assisted conversion to open colorectal surgery is associated with adverse outcomes. J Gastrointestinal Surg 2018
13) Disbrow D, Seelbach CL, Albright J, Ferraro J, Wu J, Hain JM, Shanker BA, Cleary RK. Statin medications are associated with decreased risk of sepsis and anastomotic leaks after rectal resections. Am J Surg. 2018 Jan 31 PMID: 29428155
14) Disbrow D, Pannell S, Shanker BA, Albright J, Wu J, Bastawrous A, Soliman M, Ferraro J, Cleary RK. The impact of formal robotic residency training on the utilization of minimally invasive surgery by young colorectal surgeons. J Surg Educ 2017 Oct 17 PMID 29054345
15) Bhama AR, Batool F, Collins S, Ferraro J, Cleary RK. Risk factors for postoperative complications following diverting loop ileostomy takedown. J Gastrointest Surg 2017;21:2048-2055
16) Bhama AR, Wafa AM, Ferraro J, Collins SD, Mullard AJ, Vandewarker JF, Krapohl G, Byrn JC, Cleary RK. Comparison of risk factors for unplanned conversion from laparoscopic and robotic to open colorectal surgery using the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) database. J Gastrointestinal Surg 2016;20:1223-60 26847352
17) Bhama AR, Cleary RK. Set up and positioning in robotic colorectal surgery. Semin Colon Rectal Surg 2016; 27:130-133
18) Tam MS, Kaoutzanis C, Mullard AJ, Regenbogen SE, Franz MG, Hendren S, Krapohl G, Vandewarker JF, Lampman RM, Cleary RK. A population-based study comparing laparoscopic and robotic outcomes in colorectal surgery. Surg Endosc 2016;30:455-463; DOI 10.1007/s00464-105-4218-6 PMID: 25894448
Robert K Cleary MD
Number of Positions Offered:
Next Scheduled (Self-Study) Visit
Case Numbers – Past Five Years
|Low Anterior Resection||25||37||55||26||30|
|Proctocolectomy Total||20||9||3||ACGME no longer records this number||ACGME no longer records this number|
|Proctocolectomy w/Ileostomy||13||2||ACGME no longer records this number||ACGME no longer records this number||ACGME no longer records this number|
|Proctocolectomy w/Ileoanal Reservoir||7||7||8||6||5|
|Prolapse Repair Total||15||12||26||21||14|
|Prolapse Repair Abdominal||3||9||16||18||11|
|Prolapse Repair Perineal||12||3||10||3||3|
|Abdominal Procedure Total||227||239||279||270||251|
|Pelvic Floor Evaluation||27||16||15||20||23|
|Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor Total||240||256||332||269||302|
|Endorectal Advancement Flap||12||23||18||ACGME no longer records this number||ACGME no longer records this number|
|Fecal Incontinence Procedures||9||2||7||4||4|
|Anorectoal Procedure Total||124||129||150||123||156|