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Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates in Newark, Del. Joins ChristianaCare

Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates of Delaware, a preeminent provider of colon and rectal surgery in the Delaware community since 1979, has become part of ChristianaCare, effective Jan. 23, 2023. The practice has been renamed ChristianaCare Colorectal Surgery at Newark and remains in its current location in Medical Arts Pavilion 1 on the ChristianaCare Newark campus.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome the caregivers of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates to ChristianaCare as we join together in service to our community,” said Gerard J. Fulda, M.D., FACS, chair of the Department of Surgery at ChristianaCare. “The practice has long shared a deep commitment to serving our patients. This integration will advance our ability to make a positive impact on the health of our patients through the colon and rectal services we provide.”

ChristianaCare Colorectal Surgery at Newark will continue to provide the same high-quality care and service to its patients while benefiting from the support and resources of Delaware’s largest health system, recently recognized for the third year in a row as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades. Patients at ChristianaCare Colorectal Surgery at Newark will gain access to ChristianaCare’s secure patient portal, electronic medical records and easy referrals to ChristianaCare’s regional network of primary and specialty care services.

The physicians in the practice, Frederick Denstman, M.D., Carey Nathan, M.D., and Shanthi Shakamuri, M.D., are proud to be the newest members of the ChristianaCare surgical team.

Here’s what they have to say, “Our practice is excited to join ChristianaCare, which will advance our care coordination and ensure our physicians and team continue to deliver the highest quality colon and rectal surgery to our patients. Through a collaborative care-plan approach, our clinicians partner with the patient, their caregiver and referring physicians to ensure constant communication through the patient’s continuum of care. These relationships will be strengthened with our integration with ChristianaCare.”

The experienced physicians in the practice specialize in surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions in the colon, rectum and anus. Services include colonoscopy for colon cancer screening, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic colon surgery, the surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, Crohn’s disease, colon and rectal cancer, hemorrhoids, fistulas, anal fissures, fecal incontinence and many other conditions. The physicians in the practice are board certified in colon and rectal surgery.

ChristianaCare Colorectal Surgery at Newark
4745 Ogletown Stanton Road, Medical Arts Pavilion 1, Suite 216
Newark, DE 19713


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