OUR PRACTICE

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Colon and Rectal Specialists in the Baltimore, Maryland Area

Recognized by their peers as top specialists in colon and rectal problems, the specialists at Colon Rectal Surgical Associates perform a greater volume of colon resection and anorectal surgery than nearly any other group in the state of Maryland.

We are leaders in the field of laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, performing between 200 and 300 colon resections annually; we also perform colonoscopy procedures to screen for cancer, as well as the newer PPH (Procedure for Prolapse & Hemorrhoids), recommended for patients with internal hemorrhoids requiring surgical intervention. Our specialists conduct seminars here in Maryland and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, instructing other surgeons on proper laparoscopic procedures.

CRSA’s doctors are double-boarded in both general surgery and colorectal surgery; our patients consistently have shorter hospital lengths of stay, fewer returns to surgery, and lower postoperative complication rates, as compared to both statewide and nationwide statistics.

Our doctors are not only double-boarded in general surgery and colon-rectal surgery, but have a combined over 40 years of surgical experience.

OUR DOCTORS

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JAMES J. ZALUCKI,

M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

Originally from Schenectady, New York, Dr. Zalucki received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Union College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Zalucki completed his internship in General Surgery at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and his General Surgery residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Zalucki is board-certified in General Surgery as well as Colon and Rectal Surgery, and has completed specialized training and fellowship work at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He has served Howard County and surrounding communities for 25 years.

Dr. Zalucki is a 2015 recipient of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety. This award is presented to "the physicians who partner with families, colleagues, and staff to optimize patient outcomes and to eliminate preventable harm." He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Mount de Sales Academy and is the Treasurer for Heros Tournament Lacrosse Club.

Dr. Zalucki resides in Ellicott City with his wife and three daughters.

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VINCENT CIFELLO,

M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

Dr. Cifello graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in BA Biochemistry. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University Medical School, he interned and performed his residency in General Surgery at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center, and completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson. Dr. Cifello has been board certified in General Surgery since 1999, and in Colon and Rectal Surgery since 2000. He is also Head of Colon Rectal Surgery at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He has been in practice for over 15 years.

ACCOLADES

2015 Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Service:James Zalucki, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgery

Dr. Zalucki is the 2015 recipient of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety. This award is presented to "the physicians who partners with families, colleagues, and staff to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm." He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Mount de Sales Academy, the Treasurer for Heros Tournament Lacrosse Club, and resides in Ellicott City with his wife and 3 daughters.

OUR STAFF

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ANN BOOKER

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Ellicott City Office

A vital member of our Ellicott City office, Ms. Booker has been with the practice for nearly 15 years. She is responsible for front desk reception and assisting the doctors. Should you have any questions regarding appointments or insurance, she will be able to assist you.

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PATTY BURKHARDT

SURGICAL POSTER & MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Glen Burnie Office

Ms. Burkhardt has nearly 25 years of medical office experience (15 years of which have been spent here at CRSA). She is responsible for surgical posting, front office reception, data entry, back office assistance, and general office duties.

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ELLEN HAGEN

BUSINESS MANAGER

Ellicott City Office

Ms. Hagen obtained her B.S. in Business and Finance from Mount St. Mary's University. A member of CRSA since 2013, she has 25 years of medical practice management experience.

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KAREN McCORMACK

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Ellicott City Office

Karen is one of the newest members of the CRSA team, as she joined our Ellicott City staff in May 2015. Karen is responsible for scheduling appointments, phone support, and general office duties

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TERESA MESSINA

SURGICAL SCHEDULER

Ellicott City Office

Ms. Messina is an integral member of the Ellicott City team and has been with CRSA for three years. Her main responsibilities include managing the surgery schedule and assisting patients with surgery-related questions.