Summerville Medical Center Opens Colorectal Surgery Clinic Welcomes Board-certified Colorectal Surgeon Cesar Santiago, MD To Summerville

Welcomes Board-Certified Colorectal Surgeon Cesar Santiago, MD to Summerville

Summerville, SC (February 8, 2021) - Summerville Medical Center is proud to welcome board-certified colorectal surgeon Cesar Santiago, MD and the practice of Colorectal Specialists to Summerville Medical Center’s campus.

“As Summerville and the Lowcountry continue to grow, we are proud to bring more services and specialties to our hospital to better serve our community,” commented Jeff Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at Summerville Medical Center. “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Santiago to our campus and to be able to provide innovative colon and rectal care to our greater Dorchester and Berkeley county communities.”

Dr. Santiago is board-certified in colon and rectal surgery and specializes in advanced minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures for colon and rectal cancers. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Santiago completed his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and received his surgical training in New York City and Florida. Following an internship and residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, he completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“I am very excited to join Colorectal Specialists at Summerville Medical Center, which shares my vision for individualized specialty colon and rectal care in an atmosphere of dignity and respect,” commented Dr. Santiago.

Dr. Santiago is a patient-focused clinician who is a designated Intuitive Epicenter for minimally invasive robotic-assisted colorectal surgery. Criteria for Epicenter designation include performing more than 1,000 minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgeries; maintaining quality and patient safety outcomes; and teaching other surgeons.

“Patients want to maintain as much of their bodily functions as possible while treating their disease. My interest in finding a better, safer and patient-friendly surgical approach started more than a decade ago,” said Dr Santiago. “Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery provides many benefits to the patient that traditional surgery doesn't, such as less pain, better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. Over time I developed surgical techniques and designed equipment that help patients and the surgeons. It's a very rewarding experience to give someone hope when they had lost it."

Dr. Santiago offers a wide range of colon and rectal care including colon cancer, colon polyps, comprehensive management of pelvic floor disorders, Crohn’s Disease, diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), rectal cancer, and more.

The Colorectal Specialists practice is located in suite 130 of the Medical Office Building on Summerville Medical Center’s campus. Learn more at

Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, a dedicated ER for children, and comprehensive medical services. The facility enjoys an enviable reputation for its women’s and children’s services including "home-like" birthing suites. Surgical services include orthopedic, reflux, robotic and weight loss surgeries. Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health, which has earned recognition as a leader in the delivery of healthcare in the Lowcountry.

For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2018 it provided $143.3 million in uncompensated care and paid $47.9 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to

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