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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

Current and Former Residents

  • S. Thomas Kang, M.D.
    S. Thomas Kang, M.D.

    Class of 2023
    Medical School:
    Creighton University School of Medicine
    TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Fady Elabbasy, M.D.
    Fady Elabbasy, M.D.

    Class of 2022
    Medical School:
    Cairo University, Egypt
    Staten Island University Hospital
    Next Steps: Advent Health, Orlando, FL

  • Danielle Kay, M.D.
    Danielle Kay, M.D.

    Class of 2021
    Medical School:
    Tulane University School of Medicine
    University of Kentucky
    Next Steps: Ochsner Medical Center, Department of Surgery

  • Edward Andrew Fazendin, M.D.
    Edward Andrew Fazendin, M.D.

    Class of 2020
    Medical School:
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, General Surgery
    Next Steps: Advanced Surgeons, P.C. at Grandview Medical Center

  • Michael J. Hernon, M.D.
    Michael J. Hernon, M.D.

    Class of 2019
    Medical School:
    University of Massachusetts, Worcester
    Residency: Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, General Surgery
    Next Steps: Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship


  • Cannon, Jamie A., M.D.

    Dr. Jamie Cannon

    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., MSPH, FASCRS

    Dr. Daniel Chu

    Division Director of GI Surgery

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S. Endowed Chair

    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
    Program Co-Director, Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
    Assistant Program Director for Resident Research, General Surgery Residency Program
    Strange Family Endowed Professorship in Surgical Sciences Research

    Areas of Interest
    colon and rectal surgery, intestinal surgery

  • Hollis, Robert H., M.D., M.S.P.H.

    Bob Hollis, MD, MSPH

    Assistant Professor
    Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes & Survivorship
    Associate Scientist, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC)
    Co-Director, Short-Term Research Experiences Advancing Medical Students (STREAMS)

    Areas of Interest
    clinical interests include colon, rectal, and anal cancer; hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes (i.e. Lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis); surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease); pelvic pouch surgery; diverticulitis; rectal prolapse; benign anorectal disorders; enterocutaneous fistula; minimally invasive surgery; re-operative surgery

    research interests include hereditary colorectal cancer; ostomy care; health inequities; quality of care

  • Kennedy, Gregory, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Gregory Kennedy

    Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery
    John H. Blue Chair of General Surgery
    Cancer Network Director, O’Neal Cancer Service Line

    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., 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