Dr. John R. T. Monson, came to the University of Rochester Medical Center as a visiting professor, and then stayed on to become Chief of URMC's Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice Chair of its Department of Surgery. Dr. Monson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, most recently served as a Professor of Surgery, Head of the Academic Surgical Unit, and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Hull in England.
Dr Monson, whose areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, also has been involved in basic research into a broad range of cancer-related areas.
They include such diverse topics as evaluating the activity and effectiveness of antibodies in fighting cancer, and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care. Dr. Monson led the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom since 1990 and Chaired the U.K.'s National Training Programme. A lecturer and award-winning author of more than 220 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology, served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
A graduate of Trinity College at the University of Dublin, Dr. Monson's medical education includes an American fellowship in surgical oncology and immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has special expertise in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS), and maintains a strong interest in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.