About Rocco Ricciardi, MD

About My Research

Rocco Ricciardi, MD, is a board-certified colorectal surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests include surgical treatment of colorectal malignancies, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel diseases. He provides treatment options through robotics, endoscopic procedures and other minimally invasive techniques. He is involved in many research trials.

Dr. Ricciardi received his MD degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1996. He trained at University of Massachusetts and the University of Minnesota before joining Lahey Clinic's Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery in 2007. In 2013, he became the Chief Scientific Officer of Lahey Hospital.  In 2017, Dr. Ricciardi was appointed Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ricciardi has served as Councilor of the Massachusetts Chapter of The American College of Surgeons, Program Chair of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, and on the Board of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. He has an interest in surgical quality and outcomes which harmonizes well with his work in the National Quality Forum. Dr. Ricciardi has authored more than 100 original publications and book chapters and continues to serve on the Editorial Board of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.  His clinical interests include surgical treatment of colorectal malignancies, minimally invasive techniques, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Mass General Brigham Healthcare Center
52 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-643-5166

Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-5166

Medical Education

  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Residency, UMASS Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of Minnesota

American Board Certifications

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Dr. Ricciardi's research is focused on improving the quality of surgical care through measurement, outcomes reporting, surgical innovation, and process improvement. He has contributed several key works in the area of population based surgical care, audit and reporting, as well as surgical techniques improvement. Many of these publications aim to push the current standard of care towards new innovation and development of new treatment paradigms for colorectal surgical care. This theme of research in surgical quality harmonizes with his prior work with the National Quality Forum, the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and institutional quality improvement work. 

A second theme of studies includes investigations into elucidating a definitive understanding of the epidemiologic basis for gastrointestinal diseases such as diverticulitis and C. Difficile colitis. Dr. Ricciardi has investigated incidence, pathophysiology, and disease evolution of these conditions. His studies have identified several important findings of seasonal variation and crucial predisposing links to appendicitis for diverticular disease.  In addition, further work evaluating optimal surgical therapy for these conditions and methods to reduce postoperative complications is ongoing.




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