At UC Davis, we are uncovering better ways to detect and treat colorectal disease, helping patients with colorectal disorders live healthier lives. Our active participation in research and clinical trials in areas such as minimally invasive surgery and inherited colorectal tumors is helping us deliver care that is less invasive, safer and more effective.

Colorectal Disease Research at UC Davis

Our colorectal surgeons are proud to be part of the only academic medical center in the Sacramento area as well as a world-class research university. Research at UC Davis Health System helps us expand our expertise so we can successfully treat even the most complex conditions. We are also able to offer life-changing care and treatments long before they are widely available.

Our colorectal disease research interests include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery: Linda M. Farkas, M.D. is one of the investigators on two prestigious studies comparing the effectiveness of minimally invasive colorectal surgery techniques for rectal cancer. Findings are helping our team as well as surgeons from around the world choose the most effective technique for each patient. Find out more about minimally invasive colorectal surgery.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction: Disorders affecting the band of muscles in your pelvis (pelvic floor dysfunction) can lead to problems that are embarrassing and make it difficult to go about your daily life. Pelvic floor dysfunction affects nearly 1 in 3 women, yet these conditions are not well understood. Salvador Guevara, M.D. is looking to improve detection and treatment through future research efforts. Learn more about pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Care before and after surgery (perioperative care): We are equally dedicated to delivering the best colorectal disease care as we are to assuring a safe recovery and quick return to normal everyday activities. We are always looking for ways apply new discoveries that lead to better surgical results. Read more about our treatments.
  • Inherited colorectal tumors: We meet with leading experts from across and North and South America to exchange information and findings about inherited colorectal tumors. Our participation in the Collaborative Group of the Americas for Inherited Colorectal Cancer helps us deliver the best care to patients at risk of rare but serious conditions, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.
  • Lynch syndrome: Dr. Farkas is a recognized expert in Lynch syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risks of many types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Dr. Farkas helped launch the Lynch Syndrome Surveillance Network, which has increased awareness, screening and early detection of Lynch-related cancers. Learn more about colorectal cancer.

Contact Us

To learn more about our program or make an appointment with surgeons Linda M. Farkas, M.D. or Salvador G. Guevara, M.D., call 916-734-2680.

New patients can request information or an appointment by completing our online request for new patient appointment or referral.