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February 20, 2003

Robert D. Fry, MD, Named Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) - Robert D. Fry, MD, has been named Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Fry is also Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Penn.

Dr. Fry's clinical interests include colorectal cancer, sphincter saving procedures for rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis (restorative proctocolectomy with ileal-anal J pouch), Crohn's disease, and anorectal disease including hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures.

He earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in Missouri and performed his residencies in surgery and colon and rectal surgery at The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and The Cleveland Clinic, respectively.

Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Fry was listed among the "Best Doctors in America" by the publications Woodward & White (1994-95) and American Health (1996); "Top 318 Cancer Doctors for Women" by Good Housekeeping (1999); "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Guide (2001) and a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia Magazine (2002). He is president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, among others. He currently holds editorial positions with journals including the Archives of Surgery, Cancer, the Journal of American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgery and Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Dr. Fry recently lectured at the International Symposium on Sphincter Saving Surgery for Rectal Cancer in Milan, Italy. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Surgery, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Annals of Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Archives of Surgery and the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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