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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


Dr. Hollis is a colorectal surgeon within the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. A native of Dothan, AL, Dr. Hollis completed his undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University before returning to Alabama for medical school at UAB. Dr. Hollis remained at UAB for general surgery residency. During residency, he dedicated two additional years to training in outcomes research and obtained a Master of Science in Public Health at the UAB School of Public Health. Following residency, Dr. Hollis completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hollis’s clinical areas of expertise include colorectal cancer, hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, pelvic floor disorders including rectal prolapse, and benign anorectal conditions. He has particular interests in hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes and directs the UAB Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry. He is trained in minimally invasive surgery including both robotic and laparoscopic approaches.

The research that Dr. Hollis performs addresses health inequities by developing and implementing effective interventions. He has a specific focus on improving outcomes of patients with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes. He has experience in the evaluation of surgical guidelines and national quality metrics. Additional research interests include improving outcomes and transitions of care for patients with a new ostomy.


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Honors and Awards

Gold Humanism Honor Society (2011)
ProAssurance Award for Excellence in Patient Communications (2012)
Alpha Omega Alpha (2012)


Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine

Graduate School
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health
M.S.P.H., Outcomes Research

University of Alabama at Birmingham
General Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Colorectal Surgery


Campus Address
BDB 561

Patient Appointments and Questions: 205-975-3000
Academic Office: 205-975-1932