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New Colorectal Surgeon Joins St. Mary Medical Staff
Dr. Schaffzin brings expertise in specialized surgeries and colorectal cancer treatment options.

LANGHORNE, Pa., March 23, 2010 – David Schaffzin, MD, FACS, FASCRS, a surgeon specializing in colon and rectal surgery, colorectal oncology, and complex pelvic floor disorders, has joined the medical staff and Center for Colon and Rectal Health at St. Mary Medical Center. He also is helping to establish clinical protocols for St. Mary’s new da Vinci Si HD® Surgical System.

After receiving a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Schaffzin went on to complete his internship and residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. In addition, he completed a clinical and research fellowship in colorectal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. Dr. Schaffzin is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey.

Dr. Schaffzin performs a number of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures at St. Mary. His areas of expertise include transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), a minimally invasive, same-day surgical procedure for the removal of large rectal polyps, as well as colonic stenting for large bowel obstructions. Dr. Schaffzin is one of a select number of colon and rectal surgeons nationwide specially trained to perform stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR procedure), a surgery for the correction of certain types of constipation. In addition, he is a widely published author, skilled presenter, and recipient of the Society of Friends Service Award.

In addition to his post at St. Mary, Dr. Schaffzin serves on the adjunct faculty for the Fox Chase Virtua Cancer Program. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Dr. Schaffzin is in private practice at the Center for Colon and Rectal Health, Suite 130 of the St. Clare Medical Building on the St. Mary campus, and is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 215.741.4910.