Welcome to Colon and Rectal Surgery

The colon and rectal surgery team at VCU Health treats complex colorectal and anorectal diseases with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach.

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From the Chair

Message from the chair

From the Chair

"The CRS division is devoted to teamwork with our patients, colleagues and community. Our Team’s mission is to deliver superior patient care with integrity and kindness while advancing knowledge through research and education."

— Jaime L. Bohl, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Research

Clinical and outcomes research remain a central component of our division’s mission.

We participate in several industry, society and federally funded clinical trials; and clinical and experimental research projects. Current projects include:

  • Implantation of BioSphincter TM for treatment of severe passive FI
    • This is a two-center, first-in-human prospective study of the immediate and long-term safety of the BioSphincter, an implanted internal anal sphincter (IAS) bioengineered from autologous cells to treat patients with severe passive FI who have failed standard therapies.

PI/Researchers

Jamie Bohl: NIH SBIR with Cellf BIO pioneers regenerative medicine-based therapy for Fecal Incontinence (FI).

Fecal Incontinence (FI) is the inability to control your bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. It is a problem faced by about 1 in 12 adults in the US. FI affects all aspects of peoples’ lives, greatly reducing quality of physical and mental health.

For some patients, medical treatments have not allowed for sustained resolution of FI. Cellf BIO provides a treatment that aims to restore the normal physiological function of the anorectum.

The BioSphincter is bioengineered from your own smooth muscle cells and neural stem cells, retrieved in a biopsy procedure — eliminating any risk of rejection.1

The newly grown autologous sphincter will be implanted in the area of the defective sphincter and will form a new continuum of the patient’s own gastrointestinal tract.1

Emily Rivet: Co-I on an NIH with The Department of Psychology.

Racial Disparities in Pain Care: A Comprehensive Integration of Patient- and Provider-Level Mechanisms with Dyadic Communication Processes Using a Mixed-Methods Research Design

Colon & Rectal Surgery Team

Division Faculty

Jaime Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Jaime Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Associate Professor of Surgery

Jaime Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Jaime Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS

Associate Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, VCU Health
Chair, VCU Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Phone: (804) 827-0049

Email: jaime.bohl@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1200 East Broad Street
Box 980167
Richmond, VA 23298-0167

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Emily Burke Rivet, MD, MBA

Emily Burke Rivet, MD, MBA

Associate Professor of Surgery

Emily Burke Rivet, MD, MBA

Emily Burke Rivet, MD, MBA

Associate Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Colon & Rectal Surgery Specialist, VCU Health

Phone: (804) 827-0049

Email: emily.rivet@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1200 East Broad Street
Box 980167
Richmond, VA 23298-0167

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Stephen P. Sharp, MD

Stephen P. Sharp, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Stephen P. Sharp, MD

Stephen P. Sharp, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Colon & Rectal Surgery Specialist, VCU Health

Phone: (804) 827-0049

Email: stephen.sharp@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1200 East Broad Street
Box 980167
Richmond, VA 23298-0167

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Nicole Wieghard, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Nicole Wieghard, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Nicole Wieghard, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Nicole Wieghard, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Colon & Rectal Surgery Specialist, VCU Health

Phone: (804) 827-0049

Email: Nicole.Wieghard@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1200 East Broad Street
Box 980167
Richmond, VA 23298-0167

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Support Team

Khalil N. Bitar, PhD, AGAF
Cindy Chenault, AGACNP, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner
Annette Dean, CWOCN, Clinical Nurse
Kenna Joyce, RN, Clinical Nurse
Joann Plencner, RN, CWOCN, Ostomy Nurse
Danielle Robledo, Medical Assistant

Research

We have a strong focus on research and evidence-based patient care. Our faculty are engaged in multiple research endeavors. This includes translational research for regenerative medicine treatments of fecal incontinence, clinical research for integration of palliative care into surgical treatment pathways and quality care improvement research to improve clinical outcomes in colon and rectal surgery.

Surgery Education

General surgery residents at VCU are vital members of the CRS surgical team. Residents learn endoscopy, as well as clinical and surgical management of anorectal, colon and rectal diseases. Residents participate in open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures.

Surgery Education

Contact Us

Phone: (804) 827-0049
Fax: (804) 827-0670

Jaime L. Bohl, M.D., FACS, FASCRS 
Chair, Colon and Rectal Surgery
jaime.bohl@vcuhealth.org

Biliana Ivanova, MBA
Associate Administrator
biliana.ivanova@vcuhealth.org 

Office Location
West Hospital
1200 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Mailing Address
Box 980167
Richmond Virginia 23298-0167