MUSC department of Surgery announces the formation of a new Colorectal Surgery division

The MUSC Department of Surgery formed a new division in Colorectal Surgery to reflect its expert capacity to provide comprehensive care for benign and malignant diseases of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Virgilio George, M.D., who joined the department in 2015, was appointed the new division chief by Chair Prabhakar Baliga, M.D.

The division’s colon and rectal surgical staff includes Thomas Curran, M.D., MPH, Pinckney Johnstone Maxwell IV, M.D., and Karen Anderson PA-C. The MUSC health surgeons are double board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery, lending a unique depth and breadth of experience to a wide range of benign and malignant diseases of the lower gastrointestinal tract. In addition to their expertise, our providers help patients make informed decisions about their care and provide treatments tailored to their individual needs.

The division of Colorectal Surgery offers state-of-the-art care in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders affecting the lower gastrointestinal tract, specifically the colon, rectum, and anus. These disorders include colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, and functional problems such as rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and other anorectal problems.

The division is nationally and internationally recognized for their pioneering efforts and extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery and state-of-the-art laparoscopic technologies for colorectal cancer, Crohn's Disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases. The surgeons specialize in robotic, laparoscopic, and transanal minimally invasive surgical techniques offering benefits including decreased post-operative pain, shorter post-operative recovery time, and less noticeable scarring.

“Our dedication to improving the lives of patients with colon and rectal disorders extends to a robust research program,” said George. “We are developing new types of minimally invasive surgery, improving post-operative recovery, and maintaining our commitment to excellence in patient care.”

“Our friendly office environment provides patients across the Lowcountry appointments with multiple specialists bringing a singular focus to gastrointestinal problems, with access to medical and surgical consultations, genetic counseling, dietary management, diagnostic testing and endoscopic procedures – all under one roof, “ he added. 

These MUSC Health providers offer services in downtown Charleston, home to the Digestive Disease Center and Hollings Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Carolina, as well as surrounding communities including North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

The division’s support staff includes Raylene Gries, Nurse Coordinator and Becky Bunton-Woods, GI Oncology Nurse Navigator. For more information or to make a referral or appointment, contact Raylene Gries at 843-792-9638.