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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


Dr. Daniel Chu joined the UAB Department of Surgery in July 2014 and is the Selwyn M. Vickers M.D., FACS Endowed Chair and director of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Chu completed his undergraduate studies at Yale in 2002 and obtained his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 2013, which included a two-year research fellowship. Dr. Chu then completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2014. Dr. Chu is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. In addition to his clinical interests in colorectal diseases, Dr. Chu is a dedicated researcher and educator. He is the associate director for the medical student clerkship in surgery at UAB and serves on national committees, including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

Selected Publications

Chu D, Bungiro RD, Ibanez M, Harrison LM, Campodonico E, Jones BF, Mieszczanek J, Kuzmic P, and Cappello M. Molecular characterization of Ancylostoma ceylanicum Kunitz-type serine protease inhibitor: evidence for a role in hookworm-associated growth delay. Infect Immun. 2004 Apr 72 (4): 2214-21. PMID: 15039345.

Gainsbury ML, Chu DI, Howard LA, Coukos JA, Farraye FA, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. Preoperative Infliximab is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Short-Term Post-Operative Complications After Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Mar; 15(3):397-403. PMID: 21246415.

Chu DI, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. A "Solution" to the Application of an Effective Physical Barrier for the Prevention of Intra-abdominal Adhesions. Journal of Surgical Research 2011 May 1; 167(1):33-6. PMID: 20828754.

Chu DI, Lim R, Heydrick S, Gainsbury ML, Abdou R, D'Addese L, Reed KL, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. N-acetyl-l-cysteine decreases intra-abdominal adhesion formation through the upregulation of peritoneal fibrinolytic activity and antioxidant defenses. Surgery. 2011 Jun; 149(6):801-12. PMID: 21621684.

Sheldon HK, Gainsbury ML, Cassidy MR, Chu DI, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. A Sprayable Hyaluronate / Carboxymethylcellulose Adhesion Barrier Exhibits Regional Adhesion Reduction Efficacy and Does Not Impair Intestinal Healing. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Feb; 16(2): 325-333. PMID: 21983948.

Chu DI, Gainsbury ML, Howard LA, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. Early vs. Late Adhesiolysis for Adhesive-Related Intestinal Obstruction: A Nationwide Analysis of Inpatient Outcomes. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Feb; 17(2): 288-97. PMID: 22914981.

Chu DI, Schlieve CR, Colibaseanu DT, Simpson PJ, Wagie AE, Cima RR, Habermann EB. Surgical Site Infections (SSI) After Stoma Reversal (SR): Risk Factors, Implications and Protective Strategies. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Feb; 19(2): 327-34. PMID: 25217092.

Morris MS, Graham LA, Chu DI, Cannon JA, Hawn MT. Oral Antibiotic Bowel Prep Significantly Reduces Surgical Site Infection Rates and Readmission Rates in Elective Colorectal Surgery. Ann Surg. 2015 Jun; 261(6):1034-40. PMID: 25607761.

Chu DI, Tognelli J, Kartheuser AH, Dozois EJ. Strategy for the difficult-to-reach ileal pouch-anal anastomosis: technical steps of an in vivo application of a mesenteric-lengthening technique. Tech Coloproctol. 2015 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 26415944.

Morris MS, Chu DI. Imaging for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Dec;95(6):1143-58. Epub 2015 Sep 7. PMID: 26596919.

Gunnells DJ, Morris MS, DeRussy A, Gullick AA, Malik T, Cannon JA, Hawn MT, Chu DI. Racial disparities in readmissions for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) after colorectal surgery. Journal of GI Surgery [accepted].

Chu DI and Dozois EJ. Chapter 32: Pearls for the Colon That Will Not Reach | Gastrointestinal Surgery: Management of Complex Perioperative Complications (eds. Pawlik TM, Merchant N, Maithel SK).

Chu DI and Dozois EJ. Re-operative Pelvic Surgery, Section of Gastrointestinal Tract and Abdomen | ACS Surgery, Principles & Practice (eds. Ashley SW et al.).


Medical School
Johns Hopkins University

Boston University
General Surgery

Mayo Clinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery


Campus Address
KB 427

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