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Howard Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Named Chief of Colorectal Surgery

Howard Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS, has been appointed Surgical Director of the Digestive Disease Center at Temple University Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Surgery and Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, effective October 1, 2013.

Previously, Dr. Ross has served as Director of Colon and Rectal Oncology for Meridian Health System in New Jersey; Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Management Center at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ; and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ.

Dr. Ross specializes in minimally invasive surgical approaches to colon and rectal cancer, and the surgical care of patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. His research interests include the adoption of emerging surgical technologies, surgical education, and investigation into regional and socioeconomic differences in patient outcomes.

"I look forward to utilizing the outstanding surgical technology at Temple to care for patients with the most challenging problems, and working as a unified team with colleagues from medicine and nursing," says Dr. Ross. "The Division of Colorectal Surgery will provide cutting-edge care for the entire spectrum of colon and rectal disease, including colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, polyps, fecal incontinence, and common anorectal problems."

"Dr. Ross possesses the strong clinical skills and excellent leadership experience required to effectively guide and grow our Colorectal Surgery Program," says Selwyn Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, Professor and Chair of Surgery at Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine, and Surgeon-in-Chief of Temple University Health System.

Prior to joining the Meridian Health System, Dr. Ross was an attending colon and rectal surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also served for several years as Director of Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Director of Surgery Student Education for Penn Medicine.

Dr. Ross earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut, a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, and a surgical oncology research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr. Ross is an internationally recognized surgical educator who has chaired and directed laparoscopic colon surgery courses throughout North America for the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has also lectured and published extensively on laparoscopic approaches to colon and rectal disease and made contributions to the knowledge of adoption of laparoscopic procedures. Dr. Ross has been named a "Top Doc" in colon and rectal surgery by numerous regional and national publications.

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Date Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013