Boca Raton Regional Hospital Establishes Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery

Collaborative approach to set new regional standard of care for patients

Boca Raton Regional Hospital announces the establishment of a Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery. The Hospital’s new center will specialize in providing an integrated approach to the surgical treatment of colo-rectal diseases, with a focus on collaboration among specialized physicians from Boca Regional and throughout the region.

The Hospital is already a recognized leader in colo-rectal care, earning the 2014 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades® for the 10th year in a row. Moreover, Boca Regional doctors have performed more than 3,500 colo-rectal surgeries — the most in Palm Beach County — with 80 percent of all procedures performed robotically or laparoscopically, far surpassing the national average of 20 to 25 percent.

The new Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery will focus on surgical intervention for a variety of conditions, including colo-rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), diverticulitis and anorectal disease (hemorrhoids and fistulas), highlighted by a minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatment that is virtually painless with no recovery time.

When treating colo-rectal cancer patients, the center will employ a multimodality approach, in which an entire medical team assembles at one time and in one location to create a strategic, personalized treatment plan for the patient. Multimodality clinics are a cornerstone component of treatment at Boca Regional’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute.

Andrew Ross, MD, a regional leader in colo-rectal surgery, will serve as the center’s Director. Dr. Ross performed the region’s first single-incision laparoscopic colectomy at Boca Regional, removing a patient’s colon cancer through a 3/4-inch incision. In a traditional laparoscopic colectomy, doctors remove part of the patient’s colon through four incisions in the abdomen. The single-incision procedure means a faster recovery with less scarring and less time in the hospital.

Joining Dr. Ross in comprising the Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery’s clinical leadership team are three fellowship-trained colo-rectal surgeons from Boca Regional: Avraham Belizon, MD, who will serve as Co-Director of the center; James Barron, MD; and Jose Yeguez, MD.

“With our new collaborative Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery, our team will be able to significantly enhance the scope of colo-rectal care provided at Boca Regional,” said Dr. Ross. “By combining our team’s expertise with the experience of our partnering physicians, the center will live up to its very name in providing the region with a centralized source for comprehensive surgical treatment of colo-rectal conditions.”

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the 10th year in a row and was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was also recognized for the third consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013–2014 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area.

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