Dr. Cirocco is Professor of Surgery and Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency Training Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine with privileges at University Hospital and The James Cancer Hospital (OSU Wexner Medical Center). He started his career in academia in New York City at the State University of New York - Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn (SUNY-Downstate Medical Center) in New York City where he was involved in early attempts at preoperative staging of rectal cancer using transrectal ultrasound as part of a multidisciplinary approach that included preoperative (neoadjuvant) chemoradiotherapy. This multidisciplinary neoadjuvant approach to rectal cancer has been the biggest advance in the management of rectal cancer in the past 30 years and combined with advanced surgical techniques has resulted in improved outcomes of rectal cancer resection such as lower rates of recurrence, increased rates of sphincter preservation (decreased need for permanent colostomy) and even improvement in survival. Dr. Cirocco took these advances back to the Midwest to Kansas City and has gone on to publish a personal series of patients in a non-academic community hospital setting with outcomes comparable to published results from tertiary care centers and multi-institutional trials (e.g. ACOSOG Z6051). He has returned to an academic setting at OSU, joining the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery to initiate and become program director of an ACGME-accredited colorectal surgery residency training program which began January 15, 2016. He is involved in regional and national organizations and surgical societies. He is currently President of the Midwest Surgical Association and involved in multiple committee assignments with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) including Member-at-Large of the ASCRS' Executive Council. He sits on the editorial board of the ASCRS' official journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DCR) and also the journal, Techniques in Coloproctology. He was the first recipient of the ASCRS' Victor W. Fazio Award for Editorial Excellence and was named DCR "Star Reviewer" for 2017.
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Learn about Dr. Cirocco
Dr. Cirocco provides cutting edge treatment for colorectal disease with a special emphasis on advanced surgical approaches to avoid a permanent colostomy including coloanal anastomotic techniques for very distal rectal cancer or restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) for either Chronic Ulcerative Colitis or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. He has published in-depth outcomes of a personal series of colorectal operations including rectal resection following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer and the Altemeier procedure for rectal prolapse. He is involved in regional (Central, Western and Midwest Surgical) and national societies (American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), American College of Surgeons), the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery (Senior Examiner/Member of the Written Examination Committee) and is an editorial board member of the ASCRS' official journal, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum and Techniques in Coloproctology.
Dr. Cirocco's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
Board certified in Colon & Rectal Surgery and General Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Cirocco's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
MSS Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Treatment
Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
Restorative Proctocolectomy With Ileal-Anal J Pouch
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Wayne State University
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
Wayne State University
Medical School | Graduated 1985
St John Hospital and Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
St John Hospital and Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
Saint Vincent Health Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Charles G. Johnston Award- Clinical Research, 1989
ASCRS' Victor W. Fazio Award for Editorial Excellence, 2007
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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