Dr. William Cirocco, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  |  
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Age 58
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Dr. William Cirocco, MD
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.

The Ohio State University Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

410 W 10th Ave # N711

Columbus, OH 43210

Contact Information

(614) 293-6775

Dr. William Cirocco, MD

Dr. William Cirocco, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. Cirocco's Experience

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  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Anal Prolapse
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
  • MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Pseudomembranous Colitis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Ulcerative Colitis


  • Colectomy
  • 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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0 Sanctions

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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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Cirocco's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cirocco to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Cirocco's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
Columbus, OH |
Zero bedside manner, luckily his CNP was helpful. I would never return to this office or recommend him to anyone.
Columbus |
VERY BAD ATTITUDE , he made me wait 45 min , then without explanation he referred me to surgery, he did not even let me ask him questions. very unfriendly, condescending, i had the same impression about him 2 years ago during my first visit, but this time i was able to validate my first observation.
Columbus, OH |
Careless examination. Careless suggestions. Made matter worse. Refused to do second exam despite patient expressing worry that he missed something. A second opinion elsewhere validated that the second exam was necessary. Avoid. Seriously made my issue worse because of his negligence, apathy, and misdirection.
in Columbus, OH |
Awful. I took my mother there to have a surgery consultation. We ended up virtually walking out of the appointment. He asked her the same question MULTIPLE times, which was the first red flag. So, basically he asked her repeatedly if she had a family history of colon cancer. Each time she said "yes", then finally "yes, I've told you all of this already." He made no sense when explaining the procedure he wanted to do. It was the worst experience ever and we never went back.
in Defiance, OH |
Dr. Cirocco only cares about doing surgery compared to the care of the patient. I had a 5+ hour colectomy surgery with him and wasn't doing better. Since I was 18 he thought I was being wimpy and wouldn't help with pain anymore. He passed me on to the GI and said, come back when I can do a surgery. A year later I found out that all of this pain was caused due to a hole left in the small bowel. Hear I wasn't a wimp but just simply septic... Thank God for the Cleveland Clinic! - Not Crohns
in Grove City, OH |
My experience was horrible. I was,the first appointment of the morning and he did not get into my room til 9:25. He could careless why I was there and then left in the middle of me talking to him. Worst experience ever. I recommend going to someone who doesn't have horrible bedside manner...extremely disappointed
in Piqua, OH |
Dr. Cirrocco was very much a blessing to our family. He was kind enough to answer all of my families questions with honesty. He took absolutely the best care for my mother and my family will cont. to say nothing but pleasant things about this humble man. -The Silver Crew :-)
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  • Aetna
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  • Cigna
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  • Cofinity
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  • Mutual of Omaha
  • UnitedHealthCare
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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
410 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
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