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Surgery / General Surgery - Colon & Rectal

Matthew G. Mutch, MD

Current Position
Associate Professor, Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Program Director, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Specialty Areas
Colorectal Surgery
Crohn's Disease
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Additional Features & Interviews with Dr. Mutch:

Ask the Expert - Ladue News:  Rectal Cancer

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Patients Seen At
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Disorders (COPE)
Medical Building One
1040 N. Mason Road, Suite 120
Creve Coeur, MO  63141
(314) 454-7177
Fax:   (314) 454-5249
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Center for Advanced Medicine
GI Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, 8th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 454-7177
Fax:   (314) 454-5249
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Siteman Cancer Center - South County
5225 MidAmerica Plaza, Main Floor
St.Louis, MO  63129
(314) 454-7177
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box: 8109
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Colorectal cancer, colon cancer, cancer of the rectum, benign colorectal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis, genetics, rectal prolapse, obstetrical injuries, anal sphincter, rectal-vaginal fistulas, pelvic floor malfunctions, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula, incontinence.

Board Certification
General Surgery -- Certified
Colon & Rectal Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Chemistry, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1990
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994
Residency: Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1996
Research Fellowship: Surgical Oncology & Endocrine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1998
Residency: Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
Chief Residency: Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Leahy Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts, 2002
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospitaql

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2009-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Matthew G. Mutch reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2014. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Equity: Equity is an ownership interest in a company. Faculty members may be paid for their service to a company in stock or the option to obtain stock.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Applied Medical  Yes   
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Selected or Recent Journal Articles

Klos CL, Safar B, Jamal N, Hunt SR, Wise PE, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG, Dharmarajan S. Obesity Increases Risk for Pouch-Related Complications Following Restorative Proctocolectomy with Ileal Pouch-Anal anastomosis (IPAA). J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Oct 4.

Strouch MJ, Zhou G, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Mutch MG. Time to initiation of postoperative chemotherapy: an outcome measure for patients undergoing laparoscopic resection for rectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Aug.

Patel JA, Fleshman JW, Hunt SR, Safar B, Birnbaum EH, Lin AY, Mutch MG. Is an elective diverting colostomy warranted in patients with an endoscopically obstructing rectal cancer before neoadjuvant chemotherapy? Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Mar.

Toma O, Suntrup P, Stefanescu A, London A, Mutch M, Kharasch E. Pharmacokinetics and tissue penetration of cefoxitin in obesity: implications for risk of surgical site infection. Anesth Analg. 2011 Oct.

Dharmarajan S, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG. The efficacy of nonoperative management of acute complicated diverticulitis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jun.

Dharmarajan S, Shuai D, Fajardo AD, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Fleshman JW, Lin AY. Clinically enlarged lateral pelvic lymph nodes do not influence prognosis after neoadjuvant therapy and TME in stage III rectal cancer. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Aug.

Tan BR, Thomas F, Myerson RJ, Zehnbauer B, Trinkaus K, Malyapa RS, Mutch MG, Abbey EE, Alyasiry A, Fleshman JW, McLeod HL. Thymidylate synthase genotype-directed neoadjuvant chemoradiation for patients with rectal adenocarcinoma. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Mar.

Baik SH, Gincherman M, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW. Laparoscopic vs open resection for patients with rectal cancer: comparison of perioperative outcomes and long-term survival. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jan.

Wildes TM, Kallogjeri D, Powers B, Vlahiotis A, Mutch M, Spitznagel EL Jr, Tan B, Piccirillo JF. The Benefit of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Elderly Patients with Stage III Colorectal Cancer is Independent of Age and Comorbidity. J Geriatr Oncol. 2010 Oct 1.

Fajardo AD, Dharmarajan S, George V, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG. Laparoscopic versus open 2-stage ileal pouch: laparoscopic approach allows for faster restoration of intestinal continuity. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Sep.

Cellini C, Hunt SR, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Bierhals AJ, Mutch MG. Stage IV rectal cancer with liver metastases: is there a benefit to resection of the primary tumor? World J Surg. 2010 May.

Fajardo AD, Hunt SR, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG. Video. Transanal single-port low anterior resection in a cadaver model. Surg Endosc. 2010 Jul.

Mutch MG, Mph RE, Fleshman JW, Rall CJ, Dry S, Seligson D, Charabaty A, Chia D, Dvm AU, Viner J, Hawk E, Pinsky PF. A Multi-Center Study of Prevalence and Risk Factors for Aberrant Crypt Foci. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Feb 3

Mutch MG, Schoen RE, Fleshman JW, Rall CJ, Dry S, Seligson D, Charabaty A, Chia D, Umar A, Viner J, Hawk E, Pinsky PF. A multicenter study of prevalence and risk factors for aberrant crypt foci. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 May.

Andriole GL, Crawford ED, Grubb RL 3rd, Buys SS, Chia D, Church TR, Fouad MN, Gelmann EP, Kvale PA, Reding DJ, Weissfeld JL, Yokochi LA, O'Brien B, Clapp JD, Rathmell JM, Riley TL, Hayes RB, Kramer BS, Izmirlian G, Miller AB, Pinsky PF, Prorok PC, Gohagan JK, Berg CD; PLCO Project Team. Mortality results from a randomized prostate-cancer screening trial. N Engl J Med. 2009 Mar 26.

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