Our Surgeons There are many things to consider when you are choosing a colorectal surgeon. But most of those considerations can be boiled down to just one question: does my surgeon treat this disorder often? The surgeons in our division see a wide variety of colorectal conditions—from the simple to the serious—every day. As a result, we have a greater depth of experience than most colorectal surgeons, especially in handling complex or difficult cases. John R.T. Monson, MD Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery Professor of Surgery and Oncology Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery Vice-Chairman of Health Services and Outcomes Research Dr. Monson was born in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from Trinity College at the University of Dublin. His medical education includes an American fellowship in surgical oncology and immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Monson’s areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal surgery and cancer treatment, as well as Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS). Dr. Monson has been involved in a broad range of cancer-related research studies and has authored more than 250 papers and four surgical textbooks. He is President of MIRCS (Multidisciplinary International Rectal Cancer Society) and Vice-President of the National OSTRiCh Group (Optimal Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer). Christina Cellini, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery and Oncology Dr. Cellini was born and raised in New York. She earned her undergraduate degree with Honors in Biology with a minor in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She received her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Cellini completed her general surgery residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed three years there as a clinical research fellow studying GI motility. She then served as a colorectal surgery fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cellini joined the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2009. Her research interests currently involve the study of microRNA expression in rectal cancers. She is board certified in both colorectal and general surgery. Fergal J. Fleming, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery and Oncology Dr. Fleming has been a fellow in the URMC Division of Colorectal Surgery since 2009. He was awarded his medical degree from the University College of Dublin, Ireland and is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Fleming’s surgical residency included extensive training in general, vascular and hepatobiliary surgery, as well as dedicated training in colorectal surgery. He was successfully awarded the Intercollegiate Specialist Examination (UK and Ireland) in general surgery with a sub-specialty interest in colorectal surgery. Dr. Fleming also sees patients at the URMC Colorectal Physiology Center. Irfan Rizvi, MD, FACS, FASCRS, FRCS (Eng) Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery After receiving his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan,Dr. Rizvi completed his residencies in London and at West Virginia University Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas. He also completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Spectrum Health/Ferguson Clinic at Michigan State University. Dr. Rizvi is board certified in surgery and colorectal surgery, and he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He has provided surgical care to the Hornell community for over 3 years and has been on staff at St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) in Hornell since 2012. In addition to colorectal cancers, Dr. Rizvi’s professional interests include gastrointestinal conditions, inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder conditions, hernias, hemorrhoids and other anorectal conditions. He has published and presented numerous papers on surgical and cancer-related topics. Dr. Rizvi sees patients at his office, 460 Canisteo St., Hornell, and performs procedures at St. James Mercy Hospital, Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, and at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Rabih Salloum, MD Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology Dr. Salloum received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and completed his surgical residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was a fellow in surgical oncology at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Dr. Salloum is certified by the American Board of Surgery. His areas of interest include gastrointestinal surgical oncology, with special emphasis on colon cancer, as well as a technique for vascular access. Dr. Salloum also has special expertise in laparoscopic splenectomy. Jenny Speranza, MD Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology Director of the URMC Colorectal Physiology Center Dr. Speranza earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to arriving at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Speranza was on staff at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, where she was an attending surgeon in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She is currently the Director of the URMC Colorectal Physiology Center and is a national leader in the treatment and management of fecal incontinence. She has special interest in colorectal cancer, rectal prolapse and diverticulitis. Dr. Speranza is board certified in both colorectal and general surgery.