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Madhulika Varma, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery 

Contact Information

415-885-3606 - Clinic Office
415-885-7678 - Clinic Fax
415-885-3625 - Academic Office
415-885-3886 - Academic Fax
Madhulika.Varma@ucsfmedctr.org

Education

  • 1983-87 Brown University, Providence, RI - A.B., Human Biology
  • 1987-91 Brown University, Providence, RI - M.D.

Residencies

  • 1991-97 University of California, San Francisco - Resident, Surgery
  • 1997-98 University of California, San Francisco - Chief Resident, Surgery

Fellowships

  • 1994-96 University of California, San Francisco - Research Fellowship, Department of Stomatology, PI
  • 1999-00 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Fellow, Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • 2000-01 University of California, San Francisco - Fellow, Advanced Training in Clinical Research: Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1999; Recertification, 2007
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2001

Program Affiliations

  • Director, UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology
  • Program Director, UCSF Center for Colorectal Surgery

Clinical Expertise

Biography

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.

Research Overview

  • A Randomized, Subject and Evaluator Blinded, Sham Controlled, Multicenter Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of NASHA/Dx for the Treatment of Fecal Incontinence
  • The Comprehensive Validation of the CSI (Constipation Severity Instrument) and CRQOL (Constipation-Related Quality of Life) and the Comprehensive Validation of the RCM (Rome III Constipation Module)
  • A Phase II Trial of Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation and Local Excision for uT2uN0 Rectal Cancer
  • Timing of Rectal Cancer Response to Chemoradiation
  • The Effect of Rectal Resection on Bowel, Bladder, and Sexual Functioning in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • A Randomized Control Trial to Examine the Efficacy of Anorectal Biofeedback
  • Prevalence of Sexual Dysfunction in Ulcerative Colitis Patients
  • Outcomes of Patients Presenting to the UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology with Pelvic Floor Disorders

Clinical Trials

 

Publications

Most recent publications from a total of 40
  1. Wang ED, Conkling N, Xu X, Chern H, Finlayson E, Varma MG, Hansen SL, Foster RD, Hoffman WY, Sbitany H. Perineal reconstruction following anorectal tumor resection: an 18-year single-center experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct; 134(4 Suppl 1):136-7. View in PubMed
  2. Cohan JN, Varma MG. Simple interventions for complex complications: moving surgery forward. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Jan; 57(1):3-4. View in PubMed
  3. Albiani JJ, Hart SL, Katz L, Berian J, Del Rosario A, Lee J, Varma M. Impact of depression and anxiety on the quality of life of constipated patients. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2013 Mar; 20(1):123-32. View in PubMed
  4. Imhoff LR, Liwanag L, Varma M. Exacerbation of symptom severity of pelvic floor disorders in women who report a history of sexual abuse. Arch Surg. 2012 Dec 1; 147(12):1123-9. View in PubMed
  5. Finlayson E, Zhao S, Varma MG. Outcomes after rectal cancer surgery in elderly nursing home residents. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Dec; 55(12):1229-35. View in PubMed
  6. Imhoff LR, Brown JS, Creasman JM, Subak LL, Van den Eeden SK, Thom DH, Varma MG, Huang AJ. Fecal incontinence decreases sexual quality of life, but does not prevent sexual activity in women. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Oct; 55(10):1059-65. View in PubMed
  7. Steele SR, Varma MG, Melton GB, Ross HM, Rafferty JF, Buie WD. Practice parameters for anal squamous neoplasms. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Jul; 55(7):735-49. View in PubMed
  8. Hart SL, Lee JW, Berian J, Patterson TR, Del Rosario A, Varma MG. A randomized controlled trial of anorectal biofeedback for constipation. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2012 Apr; 27(4):459-66. View in PubMed
  9. Hart SL, Albiani JJ, Crangle CJ, Torbit LA, Varma MG. Development and assessment of the constipation-related disability scale. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Jan; 35(1):183-92. View in PubMed
  10. Varma M, Rafferty J, Buie WD. Practice parameters for the management of rectal prolapse. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Nov; 54(11):1339-46. View in PubMed
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