Surgery - Colorectal
Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Visits by appointment only
  • Referral required
  • Cancellation 24 hours in advance

Staff and contact information

  • Dr. Carol-Ann Vasilevsky – Chief of Division (514) 731-2479 or (514) 340-8222 ext: 24636
  • Dr. Philip H. Gordon, (514) 342-1772 or (514) 340-8222 ext: 21599
  • Dr. Julio Faria – (514) 340-8222 ext: 24948
  • Dr. Gabriela Ghitulescu (514) 340-8222 ext: 23937
  • Dr. Nancy Morin – (514) 340-8222 ext: 23141
  • Dr. Marylise Boutros - (514) 340-8222 ext: 28400

Location: Pavillion G – Room G-304

  1. Enter from the Côte-Sainte-Catherine entrance (3755 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road)
  2. Immediately, turn LEFT 
  3. Take the Pavilion G elevators up to the 3rd floor
  4. Turn LEFT
  5. Follow the room numbers to G-304

 

Overview

The Colorectal Unit at the Jewish General Hospital first opened in 1974 with a single fully trained colorectal surgeon and has now expanded to seven colorectal surgeons. It was the first unit in Canada to practice and provide the specialty of colorectal surgery. It promotes quality state of the art clinical service with cutting edge research and dedicated teachers. As part of McGill University, we provide vital teaching to residents and medical students.

Mission

To assure the best quality patient care by advancing in science, prevention and management of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus as well as improving the recognition, treatment and ultimate eradication of these diseases.To provide medical students, residents and practicing surgeons with up to date knowledge of these diseases.To provide our patients a centre of excellence where patients with colorectal disease are cared for and residents are taught modern surgical techniques.

Services

Our clinical activities encompass a comprehensive gamut of common and specialized operative procedures related to our specialty. We manage patients with a wide variety of anorectal disease including hemorrhoids, fissures and fistulas, etc. We treat patients with inflammatory bowels and important group of patients with chronic Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease who suffer very debilitating and nutritional problems with curtailment of daily activities and decreased quality of life. We perform pelvic reservoirs – an advance technique for patients with ulcerative colitis.

We provide surgical expertise for the radical treatment of colorectal cancer and provide sophisticated operative techniques for cancers located in different locations. For many years, we have provided screening for colorectal cancer. We have a very active colonoscopy unit with considerable expertise. We perform colorectal resections using the minimally invasive surgical technique of laparoscopy. We receive referrals from hospitals in the city and indeed other parts of the province.

 

Teaching

Our teaching includes both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

 

Research

Our research activities have resulted in many publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. They have been on clinical subjects as well as basic science topics. In particular, we have been actively involved in the genetics of colorectal cancer, specifically the hereditary form.

We are in the process of establishing an anorectal physiology lab where patients with anal incontinence will be assessed and recommendations for treatment will be made.