Colorectal Group

Why choose UAB for your colorectal fellowship?

  • We are a new fellowship program but are not new to teaching. All of our faculty have extensive experience working with general surgery residents and other fellows.
  • We are a young but very experienced, dynamic group of faculty who are enthusiastic about sharing our love of colorectal surgery with future colleagues! Our diverse training backgrounds will expose the fellow to a variety of techniques.
    • Fellow will receive a high volume of cases from bread and butter to complex referrals.
    • Faculty performed 500 anorectal cases, 900 abdominal cases (including 11 pouches and >100 LARs) and 500 endoscopies in last year.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center with collaboration with GI and exposure to advanced IBD
  • Complex CRC
    • Advanced sphincter sparing techniques including intersphincteric proctectomies and robotic transanal excisions
    • Colorectal cancer center of excellence
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
    • Excellent variety with one of the highest volume robotic colorectal experiences in the country, advanced straight laparoscopy and hand-assist laparoscopy


Michael J. Hernon, M.D.

Michael J. Hernon, M.D.
Medical School: University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Residency: Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, General Surgery
Fellowship: Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Surgical Critical Care

Edward Andrew Fazendin, M.D.

Edward Andrew Fazendin, M.D.
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, General Surgery


Cannon, Jamie A., M.D.

Dr. Jamie Cannon

Associate Professor
Program Director, UAB Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Areas of Interest
minimally invasive colorectal surgery, sphincter-sparing surgery for colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, colonic inertia, anal cancer

Chu, Daniel I., M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Daniel Chu

Associate Professor
Associate Vice Chair for Health Services Research
Co-Leader, Surgical Grand Rounds

Areas of Interest
colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease and anorectal pathology, health care disparities research, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), microbiome research

Gunnells, Drew J., Jr., M.D.

Dr. Drew Gunnells

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest
minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, benign anorectal pathology

Hardiman, Karin M., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Karin Hardiman

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest
colon and rectal surgery, intestinal surgery

Kennedy, Gregory, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Gregory Kennedy

Director, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
John H. Blue Chair of General Surgery

Areas of Interest
colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign conditions of colon, rectum and anus, endoscopic treatment of colonic disease, chemoprevention

Morris, Melanie S., M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Morris Web

Vice Chair, Perioperative Services
Chief of General Surgery, Birmingham VA Hospital

Areas of Interest
minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), diverticulitis, and rectal prolapse


For more information, please contact:

Jamie A. Cannon, M.D.
Program Director