James McCormick, DO, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Pittsburgh, PA, Allegheny General Hospital


Colon & Rectal Surgery Pittsburgh, PA

Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine System Chief, Division Colon and Rectal Surgery, Allegheny Health Network

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  • 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 Hospital
    Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania HospitalResidency, General Surgery, 1999 - 2004
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineClass of 1998
  • Canisius CollegeB.A., Biology, 1992

Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical License
    TX State License 2004 - 2013
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State License 1999 - 2022
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Faculty Teaching Award Allegheny General/ West Penn Education Consortium, 2011-2012, 2015
  • First Place Award, Best Poster Presentation North 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 Surgery Temple University School of Medicine Clinical Campus at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, 2004
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Practice parameters for the management of rectal cancer (revised)  
    Monson JR et al. (Collaborator: McCormick J), Dis Colon Rectum, 5/1/2013
  • Gum in the Postoperative Setting: Something to Chew On  
    McCormick JT, Dis Colon Rectum, 3/1/2013
  • Practice parameters for anal squamous neoplasms  
    Steele SR et al. (Collaborator: McCormick J), Dis Colon Rectum, 7/1/2012
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Temperature Loss in Elective Colectomy Occurs Prior to Endotracheal Intubation.
    Brozovich ME, Read TE, Salgado J, Storey A, McCormick JT, Caushaj PF, American College of Surgeons 94th Annual Clinical Congress, san Francisco, CA, 10/12/2008
  • Endoscopic Resecton of a Sigmoid Colon Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor.
    Fortunato R, McCormick JT, Caushaj PF, European Society of Coloproctology, Nantes, France, 9/24/2008
  • Laparoscopic fenestration of liver cysts in patients with polycystic liver disease results in volume reduction and decreased symptoms.
    Ruurda JP, Fortunato RA, Ernst MF, McCormick JT, van Keimpema L, Drenth JP, van Geffen HJ, 11th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (11th WCES), Yokohama, Japan, 9/2/2008
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  • Advanced Colorectal Robotics Course. 
    Hartford, CT - 9/16/2014
  • Applying Robotic Surgery in GI Surgery Practice. 
    Morgantown, WV - 8/7/2014
  • Fourth Biennial North American Summer School On Surgical Robotics. 
    Pittsburgh, PA - 7/24/2014
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  • Conducting Research in a Community Hospital. 
    McCormick JT, Pennsylvania State Chair/Cancer Liaison Physician Education Webinar
  • Perioperative Risk Assessment and Optimization. 
    McCormick JT, Online Module, ASCRS - Colorectal Education System Template (CREST)

Press Mentions

  • AHN Cancer Institute Sixth in Nation to Earn Rectal Cancer Accreditation
    AHN Cancer Institute Sixth in Nation to Earn Rectal Cancer AccreditationMarch 14th, 2019
  • As Colon Cancer Rates Rise Among Young Adults, a Push for Early Screening
    As Colon Cancer Rates Rise Among Young Adults, a Push for Early ScreeningMarch 6th, 2017
  • New Choices in Colorectal Cancer Screening Could Improve Survival
    New Choices in Colorectal Cancer Screening Could Improve SurvivalJune 28th, 2016
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  • State Chair - SWPA, Commission on Cancer

Professional Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Industry Relationships

  • Proctor, daVinci Robotic Surgery