Program Directors' Welcome

Marco Ferrara headshot

Thank you for your interest in the Orlando Health Colon and Rectal Institute residency program in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Our historic program was founded in 1990 as a world-class private practice, the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando. During that time, we prided ourselves in offering our residents extensive training in anorectal disease, advanced pelvic floor physiology, multidisciplinary care of cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, and the early adoption and teaching of minimally invasive colorectal surgery. We functioned under this entity until late 2022, when we formally joined Orlando Health, our sponsoring institution. This has only accelerated and accentuated our already well-rounded program.

We pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive educational experience for our trainees. We currently take three (3) ACGME-accredited colorectal residents and two (2) non-ACGME minimally invasive surgery fellows per year. Some of the strengths of our program include:

We are confident that our program offers an unparalleled experience that is truly comprehensive in nature as it pertains to gaining expertise in the diagnosis and management of colorectal diseases, from the mundane to the exotic. There are many exciting things happening here at the Orlando Health Colon and Rectal Institute.

Thank you for your consideration of our program!

Marco Ferrara, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Program Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship
Orlando Health Colon and Rectal Institute
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Florida State University College of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine