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Colon and Rectal Surgery

VCU Health Colon and Rectal Surgery team members treat complex colorectal and anorectal disease with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach. We provide patients with a dedicated nurse and a nurse practitioner to help navigate their treatment path. Our surgeons are board certified in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. We have multiple treatment locations with teams of multidisciplinary providers, research protocols and enhanced recovery programs to improve patient outcomes and accelerate recovery from surgery.


  • Open, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery
  • Sphincter sparing rectal cancer surgery
  • J pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis
  • Sacral nerve stimulator
  • Anorectal procedures
  • High resolution anoscopy for anal cancer screening
  • Colonoscopy 


  • Cancers: colon, rectum and anal
  • IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Benign colonic disease: diverticulitis and ischemic colitis
  • Rectal Prolapse and Fecal Incontinence
  • Anorectal: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula

Meet Our Team

Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Nicole Wieghard, Dr. Emily Rivet and Dr. Jaime Bohl 

  • Jaime Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Division Chair
  • Emily Rivet, M.D., MBA, FACS, FASCRS
  • Nicole Wieghard, MD
  • Khalil Bitar, PhD
  • Annette Dean, CWOCN, Clinical Nurse
  • Kenna Joyce, RN, Clinical Nurse
  • Joann Plencner, RN, CWOCN, Ostomy Nurse
  • Cindy Chenault, AGACNP, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner
  • Danielle Robledo, Medical Assistant

Why choose VCU Health Colon and Rectal Surgery Team

  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures provided by physicians double-board-certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery
  • Colonoscopy and investigation of pre-malignant conditions
  • Collaborative, multidisciplinary care in partnership with gastroenterology, medical and radiation oncology, wound ostomy, physical therapy, nutrition and other support services
  • Enhanced recovery program for improved patient outcomes and accelerated recovery from surgery
  • Clinical and Basic science research protocols
  • Access to clinical trials for patients with inflammatory bowel disease and cancer diagnoses

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, please call (804) 827-0049.