Penn Surgery

Cary B. Aarons, MD

Contact Information (internal use only)

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Administrative Office:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

3400 Spruce Street

4 Silverstein Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA  19104

Administrative Assistant: Sharon A. Dixon

Telephone: 215-662-2078

Fax: 215-615-0471

Patient Appointments: 215-662-2078

Clinical Office:

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

3400 Civic Center Boulevard

GI Surgery, West Pavillion, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19104

Dr. Aarons is an Assistant Professor within the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery with practices at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He completed his colorectal surgery training in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His clinical interests include laparoscopic colon surgery, colon cancer, sphincter-preserving procedures for rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Aarons received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his general surgery training at Boston University Medical Center. He is board certified in both Colon & Rectal and General surgery and is a member of numerous local and national medical societies.

Faculty Appointments

2011 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at HUP & PPMC
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 - 2011 Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hospital and Administrative Appointments

2011 - present Active Surgeon
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2011 - present Attending Surgeon
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 - 2011 Attending Surgeon
Hahnemann University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1998 - 2002 MD - Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC
1994 - 1998 AB - Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts (Biology)

Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments

2009 - 2010 Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellow
Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2008 - 2009 Administrative Chief Resident
Department of Surgery
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
2006 - 2008 Categorical Surgical Resident
Department of Surgery
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
2004 - 2006 Surgical Research Fellow
Department of Surgical Research
Boston University Center for Advanced Biomedical Research
Boston, Massachusetts
2003 - 2004 Categorical Surgical Resident
Department of Surgery
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
2002 - 2003 Categorical Surgical Intern
Department of Surgery
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

National/International Societies

2012 - present American College of Surgeons
2004 - present Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract
2006 - present American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Local/Regional Societies

2011 - present Pennsylvania Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
2008 - 2009 Boston Medical Center Minority Recruitment Program
Steering Committee Member
2002 - present Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Gamma Chapter, Washington, DC


2011 - 2012 PPMC Grant: Technology for Patient Education
Project Title: The Use of Portable Electronic Media for Ostomy Education
Patient & Family Guide to Ostomy Surgery Presentation
  • Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis Surgery
  • Colostomy Surgery
  • Ileostomy Surgery

  • American College of Surgeons:
    Home Care Videos: The Basics of Stoma Care
  • Research Publications, Peer Reviewed

    1. Stucchi AF, Aarons CB, Becker JM. Surgical approaches to cancer in patients with IBD. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 35(3):641-673, Sept. 2006.
    2. Aarons CB, Cohen PA, Gower A, Reed KL, Leeman SE, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. Statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) decrease postoperative adhesions by increasing peritoneal fibrinolytic activity. Annals of Surgery 245(2):176-184, Feb. 2007.
    3. Cohen PA, Aarons CB, Gower AC, Stucchi AF, Leeman SE, Becker JM, Reed KL. The effective-ness of a single intraperitoneal infusion of a neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist in reducing postoperative adhesion formation is time dependent. Surgery 141(3):368-375, Mar. 2007.
    4. Reed KL, Heydrick SJ, Aarons CB, Prushik S, Gower AC, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. A neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist that reduces intra-abdominal adhesion formation decreases oxidative stress in the peritoneum. American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 293(3):G544-551, Sept. 2007. (link)
    5. Tyler KM, Aarons CB, Sentovich SM. Successful sphincter-sparing surgery for all anal fistulas. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 50(10):1535-1539, Oct. 2007. (link)
    6. Prushik SG, Aarons CB, Matteotti R, Reed KL, Gower AC, Leeman SE, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. A neurokinin 1 receptor antagonist decreases adhesion reformation after laparoscopic lysis of adhesions in a rat model of adhesion formation. Surgical Endoscopy 21(10):1790-1795, Oct. 2007. (link)
    7. Aarons CB, Bajenova O, Andrews C, Heydrick S, Bushell KN, Reed KL, Thomas P, Becker JM, Stucchi AF. Carcinoembryonic antigen-stimulated THP-1 macrophages activate endothelial cells and increase cell-cell adhesion of colorectal cancer cells. Clinical Experimental Metastasis 24(3):201-209, 2007. (link)
    8. Heydrick SJ , Reed KL, Cohen PA, Aarons CB, Gower AC, Stucchi AF, Becker JM.Intraperitoneal administration of methylene blue attenuates oxidative stress, increases peritoneal fibrinolysis, and inhibits intraabdominal adhesion formation. Journal of Surgical Research 143(2):311-319, Dec. 2007.
    9. Prushik SG, Stucchi AF, Matteotti R, Aarons CB, Reed KL, Gower AC, Becker JM. Open adhesiolysis is more effective in reducing adhesion reformation than laparoscopic adhesiolysis in an experimental model. British Journal of Surgery 97(3):420-427, Mar. 2010. (link)
    10. Bewtra M, Newcomb CW, Wu Q, Chen L, Xie F, Roy JA, Aarons CB, Osterman MT, Forde KA, Curtis JR, Lewis JD. Mortality Associated With Medical Therapy Versus Elective Colectomy in Ulcerative Colitis: A Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 18;163(4):262-70. (link)
    11. Riff BP, Aarons CB, Metz DC. Vascular Injury Following Pyloric Dilation: Unusual Cause of Ischemic Colitis. ACG Case Rep J. 2014 Jul 8;1(4):178-80. (link)

    Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications

    1. 1.Bleier J, Aarons CB. Fluid Resuscitation in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2013 Sep;26(3):197-202
    2. Aarons CB. Laparoscopy Surgery for Crohn’s Disease: A Brief Review of the Literature. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2013 Jun;26(2):122-127
    3. Aarons CB, Mahmoud NN. Current Surgical Considerations for Colorectal Cancer. Chinese Clinical Oncology Chin Clin Oncol 2013;2(2):14
    4. Aarons, CB. The use of biologics in anal fistulas. Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2014 Dec; 25(4): 206-209
    5. Aarons, CB, Shanmugan, S, Bleier, JB. Management of Malignant Colon Polyps: Current Status and Controversies. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2014 Nov 21;20(43):16178-83

    Abstracts (Last 5 Years)

    1. Aarons, CB, Broach, R, Preston, A, Bleier, JIS, Mahmoud, NN. Ostomy education via electronic media improves satisfaction in younger patients. 2014 ASCRS Meeting Hollywood, FL

    Editorials, Chapters & Participation in Committee Reports

    1. Aarons CB, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. Biliary dyskinesia: Functional gallbladder and sphincter of Oddi disorders. In Bland KI, Sarr MG, Bűchler MW, Csendes A, Garden OJ, Wong J (eds.): General Surgery: Principles and International Practice. New York: Springer, 2008, 1079-1092.
    2. Sentovich SM, Aarons CB. Anorectal Disease: Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Surgery McGraw-Hill 14th edition (submitted for publication)
    3. Lee K, Aarons CB. The Surgical Review: An Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Study Guide, 4th Edition: The Colon, Rectum and Anus
    4. Aarons CB, Mahmoud, NM, Colon Cancer: Preoperative Evaluation and Staging, The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery 3rd Edition (in press)
    2006 First Prize in the Resident Paper Competition
    53rd Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
    2006 Best Basic Science Poster, PAX Society Meeting
    2005 New Jersey Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award
    2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    2002 LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D. Surgical Award
    2001 Patrick E. Gorman Scholarship
    2000 - 2001 Howard University College of Medicine Trustee Scholarship
    2000 Mitchell-Kiernan Surgical Fellowship Award, Howard University College of Medicine
    1996 Scientific American College Scholarship
    1995 Hundred Year Association College Scholarship
    1994 - 1998 Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Science College Scholarship