Valentine N. Nfonsam, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Phone Number: 
(520) 694-2873
Short Bio: 

Dr. Nfonsam performs surgeries for inflammatory bowel disease, anorectal disease and benign and malignant colorectal diseases. He is an expert in the surgical management of pelvic floor disease, especially fecal incontinence. He also performs colonoscopies and endoscopic treatment of polyps. Dr. Nfonsam is one of just a few surgeons in the nation using minimally invasive techniques for colon and rectal surgery, such as advanced laparoscopy, single-incision surgery and robot-assisted surgery, which have been shown to reduce the patient's wound infection rate, post-operative pain, length of stay in the hospital and overall recovery time.

A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Nfonsam completed his surgery residency trianing at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, New York. During his surgical training, he completed a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Nfonsam comes to UA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he completed a two-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery. He has taught a course in total mesorectal excision (TME) in rectal cancer treatment, which is an essential component in the management of rectal cancer.

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Clinical Information
Specialty: 
Surgeon
Clinical Focus: 

A specialist in colon and rectal surgery, colorectal oncology and complex pelvic floor disorders.

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 - University Campus
Research Information
Research Program: 
4. Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Associate Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
2012
Summary of Research Activity: 

Dr. Nfonsam's research focuses on colorectal cancer in young patients, inflammatory bowel disease and the management of pelvic floor disorders.

Selected Publications: 

He has published articles on his research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international meetings.

Academic Information
Fellowship: 
University of South Florida, Tampa
Residency: 
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, New York
Medical School: 
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL