Colorectal Surgery

Howard M. Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Professor, Clinical Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Surgical Director, Temple Digestive Disease Center
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Minimally invasive approaches to colon cancer, rectal cancer and polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Ostomy and wound care
  • Treatment of common anorectal diseases
  • Adoption of emerging technologies
Research Interests
  • Adoption of new technologies
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Surgical education
  • Health disparities
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
  • Fellowship (Research), Surgical Oncology, Laboratories of Surgical Metabolism and Solid Tumor Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Residency, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
Board Certification
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Surgery
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
  • Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Awards and Honors
  • Top Doctor, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Inside Jersey magazine
  • Top Doctor, New Jersey magazine
  • Top Doctor, Colon and Rectal Surgery, The New York Times
  • Top Doctors, New York Metro Area
  • Penn Pearl Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Chief Laboratory Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Surgical Intern of the Year, University of Connecticut, 1992
  • Resident Teacher of the Year (PGY 1-3), University of Connecticut
  • Outstanding Surgical Resident, University of Connecticut
  • Chief Administrative Resident, University of Connecticut
  • Outstanding Surgical Resident, University of Connecticut
  • First Prize, Cancer Research Competition, American Board of Surgeons/American College of Surgeons
  • MD with Distinction in Research Degree, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • First Place, Excellence in Clinical Research Award, National Medical Student Research Forum
  • Physician of the Year, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Top Doctor, Colon & Rectal SurgeryPhiladelphia magazine, 2016-2018
  • Best Doctors in America®, Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2015-2016, 2017-2018

Treatment Philosophy
I treat all patients as if they were my relative. It is vital to me that patients understand everything about their disease and treatment. A patient should never have any unanswered questions after leaving my office. I am passionate about helping my patients to live the life they want.



Ross H, Hight D, Weiss R. Pediatric abdominal masses. Chap. 11 in Wyllie R and Hyams JS. (eds.): Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1999, 126-137.

Fry R, Mahmoud N, Rombeau J, Ross HM. Colon and rectum. Chap. 48 in Townsend C Jr. (ed.): Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biologic Basis of Modern Surgical Practice, 18th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Saunders, 2004, 1401-1481.

Ross H, Metzger A Chapter 48. Wolff et al (eds) Colonic Inertia Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery Springer 2007.

Ross H, Rothenberger D. Facing Our Failures. Steele et al (eds) In press.

Ross, H. Laparoscopic Rectopexy, In Wexner S, Fleshman J. Master Technique in General Surgery Colon and Rectal Surgery: Abdominal Operations 2012, 503-5.