Jitesh Patel, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Phone Number: 
Patient Appointments (520) 694-8913
Referrals (520) 694-0185
Short Bio: 

Dr. Patel, a surgeon specializing in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, colorectal oncology and complex pelvic floor disorders, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology as Assistant Professor. Dr. Patel treats a wide range of diseases of the colon and rectum, and has special expertise in advanced minimally invasive techniques, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) for rectal cancers and polyps. 

TEMS makes it possible to excise polyps and some lesions high inside the rectum through the anus that otherwise would be accessible only by major abdominal surgery. The patient benefits of TEMS, as compared to radical abdominal surgery, are: no large incision; less blood less, trauma and scarring; a shorter hospital stay; and a more rapid recovery.  Patients who are ideal candidates for TEMS avoid a colostomy, a common fear among those diagnosed with rectal cancer. The University of Arizona Medical Center is among a few centers in the nation that offer TEMS. 

Dr. Patel also specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery for benign disease, including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and other conditions of the colon, rectum and anus, such as hemorrhoids and fissures. He also performs colon cancer screening, including colonoscopies.  Dr. Patel implants Sacral Nerve Stimulator for fecal incontinence. 

Clinical Information
Clinical Practice Sites: 
The University of Arizona Cancer Center - North Campus
The University of Arizona Cancer Center - Orange Grove
The University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus
Academic Information
Colon and Rectal Surgery, Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
General Surgery - Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh
Medical School: 
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnston Medical School