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Dr. Madhulika Varma is the Chief of Colorectal Surgery and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Her areas of expertise include colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and pelvic floor disorders. She is also a specialist in advanced laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery, using minimally invasive techniques to treat many of these diseases. Dr. Varma is also the Director of the UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology, which evaluates patients with fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic floor prolapse, rectal cancer and anal fistulas. She is a member of the clinical team of the UCSF Women's Continence Center and the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease.
Dr. Varma earned her medical degree at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. She completed her residency in general surgery at UCSF and spent a year at the University of Minnesota to obtain specialized training in colon and rectal surgery. She returned to the faculty at UCSF in 2000, where she completed a fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Research and Epidemiology. Her research interests include the assessment of clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and defecation disorders. Highly respected by her peers, Dr. Varma was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.
In its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed twenty-five (25) surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery, nearly one-third (1/3) of the clinical faculty, on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors". The list, compiled from the opinion of colleagues, denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Fifteen of the 25 department surgeons were also named by their peers to the list of America's Top Doctors (ATD), a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for that specialty. The listings are published online at U.S. News. The group rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor and physicians in making specialty referrals.
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is an evening walk and fundraiser supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Team UCSF, led by the Section of Colorectal Surgery's nurse practitioner Lois Anne Indorf, placed second, raising over $7,500. Chief of the Section, Madhulika Varma, M.D., pictured left, also attended with friends and family. Funds raised will support CCFA's research efforts into better therapies and cures to improve the lives of people with colorectal conditions.
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is an evening walk and fundraiser supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. .......The UCSF team raised over $3,500 for CCFA - dollars that will support important research and our shared mission to improve the lives of people with colorectal conditions.......
The Department of Surgery at UCSF is pleased to announce the appointment of Madhulika G. Varma M.D.,, (now Professor of Surgery), as Chief of the Section of Colorectal Surgery, Division of General Surgery. Dr. Varma specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Dr. Varma is also director of the UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology. As chief, Dr. Varma will continue to recruit top faculty and develop the colorectal fellowship program, building its clinical, research and education programs to a world-renowned level.