Departmental News

INTRODUCING DR. MARVIN L. CORMAN: Our New Colorectal Surgeon

We are very pleased to introduce Marvin L. Corman, MD, who joined our faculty in September [2004] as a member of our Division of Surgical Oncology. Board certified in colon and rectal surgery and in general surgery, Dr. Corman is a distinguished leader in the field of colon and rectal surgery. He comes to Stony Brook from the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, where he served as vice-chairman of surgery and associate surgeon-in-chief of Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

At Stony Brook Dr. Corman’s practice will focus on the management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus, including colon, rectal and anal cancer, diverticulitis, familial polyposis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, reconstructive anorectal surgery, and the management of rectal incontinence, including the new Secca procedure, Acticon artificial anal sphincter, and muscle transposition.

The Secca procedure is a new minimally invasive outpatient procedure for the treatment of bowel incontinence in patients who have failed more conservative therapy, such as diet modification and biofeedback.

An academic surgeon of the highest order, Dr. Corman is internationally known for his work in colon and rectal surgery. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, scientific exhibits, and video presentations. He is a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and has completed many clinical trials on the applications of these products to the field of colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Corman has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He won first prize from the American Medical Writers Association for his textbook, Colon and Rectal Surgery (1985), which is now in its fifth edition and has been established for 20 years as “the gold standard in its discipline” (JAMA). This classic work provides complete coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of all disorders affecting the anus, rectum, and colon.

The gold standard in its discipline -- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).“THE GOLD STANDARD IN ITS DISCIPLINE” is what the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has called Dr. Corman’s prize-winning textbook, Colon and Rectal Surgery, the fifth edition of which was just published in October. This encyclopedic and abundantly illustrated book provides comprehensive coverage of all diseases and traumatic injuries affecting the colon, rectum, and anus and offers step-by-step instructions on every operative procedure currently used to treat these disorders. The book also includes thorough reviews of anatomy, physiology, and related medical topics and an extensive section on diagnostic studies, particularly ultrasound and other radiologic imaging modalities. More than 1,300 illustrations, many new to this edition, complement the text.

In addition, Dr. Corman is the recipient of the John C. Goligher Memorial Medal of the Association of Coloproctology, Great Britain and Ireland, and the Section of Coloproctology of the Royal Society of Medicine (1999). He was the testimonial honoree at the 25th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (2000).

Dr. Corman has served as president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery (American Medical Association). He has been vice-president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and currently is regional vice-president of the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He also is a member of the American College of Medical Quality.

Further, he is a founding member of the board of trustees of the Israel-based Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation for Cancer Research, a charitable organization that encourages and rewards, on an international level, laboratory and clinical investigators whose research efforts are directed to that of malignant disease.

Dr. Corman has often been a named lecturer or visiting professor all over the world, and is an honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Argentine Society of Coloproctology, and the Mexican Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

About the Acticon artificial anal sphincter, a recently published study found that “artificial bowel sphincter therapy leads to long-term improved continence and quality of life in patients whose implantation is successful” [Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2003(June); 46: 722-9].

Dr. Corman is a member of numerous surgical organizations, and has served in important offices and committees within these organizations. Among them are the American College of Surgeons (fellow), American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (fellow), Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (fellow), American Surgical Association (member), and other national and international societies.

Dr. Corman received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed his residency training in general surgery at the Boston City Hospital (Harvard Surgical Service), and spent a year as senior registrar and visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and the General Infirmary in Leeds, England. Subsequently, he joined the surgical faculty at Harvard Medical School.

During the 1990s Dr. Corman was professor of surgery at UCLA and then at the University of Southern California. In 2001, he returned to the East to join the surgery department at LIJ with a professorship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

For consultations/appointments with Dr. Corman, please call 631-444-4545 or 631-444-1793.

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