Board Certified in General surgery and Colon and Rectal surgery, Dr. McCormick has developed particular expertise in colon and rectal cancer, recurrent rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, bowel reconstructive procedures, complex pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and transanal endoscopic microsurgery. He participates in a multidisciplinary center for colorectal cancer care and a inflammatory bowel disease within the Allegheny Health Network. His practice is based at Allegheny General and Forbes Hospitals. He is the program director for the General Surgery Residency of the Allegheny Health Network Consortium.
He is a Senior Examiner for American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and sits on the Oral and the Written Examination Committees. He is the past-president of American College of Surgeons, Southwestern PA Chapter and current Commission on Cancer State Chair for Southwestern Pennsylvania. He Co-chairs the “Big Blue Quest”, a fund-raising event honoring colorectal cancer survivors and raising awareness for screening.
He has published over 45 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and given over 45 presentations on cancer care, minimally invasive colorectal surgery, surgical robotics, perioperative care, patient safety, and surgical education in multiple forums. He is an Alliance certified surgeon investigator for laparoscopic colorectal cancer and transanal surgery. He has published 10 book chapters, reviews and editorials and has served on the Standards Committee and the Self-Assessment Committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is an invited manuscript reviewer for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and a certified proctor through the da Vinci robotic surgery platform.
Dr. McCormick completed a General Surgery Residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, in Pittsburgh, PA. He completed a Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern-Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX.
Education & Training
University of Texas Southwestern - Parkland Health & Hospital SystemFellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2004 - 2005
Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania HospitalResidency, General Surgery, 1999 - 2004
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineClass of 1998
Canisius CollegeB.A., Biology, 1992
Certifications & Licensure
TX State License2004 - 2013
PA State License1999 - 2022
American Board of Colon and Rectal SurgeryColon & Rectal Surgery
American Board of SurgerySurgery
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
Faculty Teaching AwardAllegheny General/ West Penn Education Consortium, 2011-2012, 2015
First Place Award, Best Poster PresentationNorth Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeon, 2005
John H. Goodworth, M.D. Award for Highest Level of Commitment to the Art and Science of SurgeryTemple University School of Medicine Clinical Campus at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 2004
Second Place, Residents Research DayTemple University School of Medicine Clinical Campus at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 2003
Crystal Apple Surgical Teaching AwardTemple University School of Medicine Clinical Campus at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 2002, 2004
Laparoscopic Achievement AwardSociety for Laparoendoscopic Surgery, 2001
First Place, Surgical Residents Research DayTemple University School of Medicine Clinical Campus at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 2001, 2004
Most Interesting Case of 2000, First PlacePittsburgh Surgical Society, 2000
Psi Sigma Alpha, National Osteopathic Scholarship Honor Society1998
Scholarship AwardPennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation, 1996
Anton S. N. Dias Perera, Robert P. Akbari, Michael S. Cowher, Thomas E. Read, James T. McCormick, David S. Medich, James P. Celebrezze, Sandra J. Beck, Peter E. Fische...> ;American Surgeon. 2010 Apr 1
Pavlos K. Papasavas, Philip F. Caushaj, James T. McCormick, R.F. Quinlin, Fernando Hayetian, J. Maurer, John J. Kelly, Daniel J. Gagné> ;Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques. 2003 Feb 17
The Effects of Gum Chewing on Bowel Function and Hospital Stay After Laparoscopic vs. Open Colectomy: Multi-Institutional Prospective Randomized Trial.
McCormick JT, Garvin R, Caushaj PF, Simmang CL, Gregorcyk SG, Huber PJ, Odom FC, Downs MJ, Read TE, Papaconstantinou H, 91st Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 10/16/2005
Educating Surgical Residents on Ethics and End of Life Care.