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.


General & Gastrointestinal Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Digestive Healthcare Center

Clinical Interests
  • Rectal cancer
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflamatory Bowel Disease
  • Robotic Colorectal Resections and Pelvic Floor Reconstructions
  • Colon and rectal polyps
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
  • Colon (diverticulosis/diverticulitis, tumors)
  • Colon surgery
  • Laparoscopy for colon and rectal cancer
  • Surgery for Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer surgery
  • Surgery for Inflamatory Bowel Disease - Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colon cancer
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Residency, UMass Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of Minnesota
Board Certifications
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Rocco 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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.




View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events


  • Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery

    In May 2018, Mass General participated in the Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery educational course. The course educated surgeons about advances in benign and malignant colorectal disorders taught in a hands-on environment. Surgeons also learned about updates in literature and research, surgical tips and insights from our faculty.


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