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Lisa M. Cannon, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 273-2727

Fax: (585) 276-2203

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“It is very important to me that my patients are actively involved in the decision-making process. I want them to understand their disease as best as possible, and together we’ll come up with a plan for treatment.”

Areas of Expertise

• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Surgical management of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, including minimally invasive
ileoanal pouch (J-pouch) creation
• Colon and rectal cancer
• Benign colon and rectal conditions including diverticulitis
• Enhanced recovery pathways
• Minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery
• Patient education and patient-centered care

I was drawn to the field of colorectal surgery because the management of most colon and rectal diseases and conditions is nuanced and requires a strong patient-physician partnership. My patients are always active partners in their own care. During my subspecialty training, I had a unique amount of exposure to inflammatory bowel disease patients. My interest in caring for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis has grown from there, and today this is a strong clinical focus within my practice. In addition, I treat diverticulitis, colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, colon volvulus and benign anorectal disorders.
Since I offer a very hands-on approach to care, my patients can depend on me to be responsive to questions and concerns. I also have a special interest in enhanced recovery pathways and patient education, and want my patients to let me know if something isn’t working for them so that we can come up with a care solution. I consider myself a good steward of hospital-based resources, and enjoy collaborating with referring institutions and providers. Although I do not have a solution for every clinical problem, I will never turn away an overly complex patient.




    MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014
    Fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at University of Chicago Hospitals

    06/16/2009 - 06/30/2013
    Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

    06/16/2008 - 06/15/2009
    Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

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    2017 - 2019
    Bucksbaum Institute Junior Faculty Scholar
    Sponsor: Bucksbaum Institute
    Location: Chicago, IL

    2017 - 2018
    Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award
    Location: University of Chicago

    2016 - 2017
    Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award
    Location: University of Chicago

    2014 - 2015
    Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award
    Location: University of Chicago

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    Journal Articles

    Bertucci Zoccali M, Hyman NH, Skowron KB, Rubin M, Cannon LM, Hurst RD, Umanskiy K, Rubin DT, Shogan BD. "Exposure to Anti-tumor Necrosis Factor Medications Increases the Incidence of Pouchitis After Restorative Proctocolectomy in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis." Diseases of the colon and rectum.. 2019 Nov; 62(11):1344-1351.

    Scott FI, Rubin DT, Kugathasan S, Bousvaros A, Elson CO, Newberry RD, Melmed GY, Pekow J, Fleshman JW, Boyle BM, Mahadevan U, Cannon LM, Long MD, Cross RK, Ha CY, Lasch KL, Robinson AM, Rafferty JF, Lee JJ, Dahl KDC, Weaver A, Shtraizent N, Honig G, Hurtado-Lorenzo A, Heller CA. "Challenges in IBD Research: Pragmatic Clinical Research." Inflammatory bowel diseases.. 2019 May 16; 25(Suppl 2):S40-S47.

    Sossenheimer PH, Glick LR, Dachman AH, Skowron KB, Rubin MA, Umanskiy K, Smith R, Cannon LM, Hurst RD, Cohen RD, Hyman NH, Rubin DT. "Abnormal Pouchogram Predicts Pouch Failure Even in Asymptomatic Patients." Diseases of the colon and rectum.. 2019 Apr; 62(4):463-469.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Optimizing stoma function and quality of life: Best practices in planned and unplanned stoma creation
    Book Title: The SAGES Manual of Colorectal Surgery
    Author List: Edition. Cohen RD (Ed.). Humana Press. 2017. 289-310 4. Cannon LM, Hayden D
    Edited By: Sylla P, Kaiser A, Popowich D
    Published By: Springer 2019

    Chapter Title: The use of enhanced recovery pathways in patients undergoing surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.
    Book Title: Mastery in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
    Author List: Cannon LM
    Edited By: Hyman N
    Published By: Springer 2019

    Chapter Title: The role of laparoscopic peritoneal lavage in the operative management of Hinchey III diverticulitis
    Book Title: Difficult Decisions in Colon and Rectal Surgery
    Author List: Cannon LM
    Edited By: Hyman N, Umanskiy K
    Published By: Springer International Publishing 2017