Marvin L. Corman, MD — Academic Profile

  • Professor of Surgery

Board Certifications


Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania (1965)
Residency Training
  • General Surgery, Boston City Hospital (Harvard University)

Affiliated Specialty Center

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • Management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, and anus
  • Colon, rectal, and anal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Familial polyposis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ileoanal reservoir (J-pouch)
  • Colon polyps
  • Prolapse
  • Anorectal abscess, fistula (minimally invasive repair), and fissure
  • Hemorrhoids (including stapled hemorrhoidectomy)
  • Obstructed defecation syndrome (STARR procedure)
  • Fecal incontinence, including Secca procedure (see patient information)
  • Artificial anal sphincter
  • Muscle transplant
Marvin L. Corman, MD

Contact Information

Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Department of Surgery, Health Sciences Center T18-046A
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-3431
Fax: 631-444-7784

For patient care information, including insurance participation and practice locations, click here.
  • Personal Statement
  • Honors
  • Publications
  • Additional

My textbook, Corman's Colon and Rectal Surgery, now in its sixth edition, has been established for more than 30 years as "the gold standard in its discipline" (JAMA), and it demonstrates my commitment to my specialty.

  • Tribute from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Surgery (Harvard), 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America database (2009-2013), representing top 5% of doctors nationwide (cited in May 2013 issue of Long Island Pulse Magazine)
  • John C. Goligher Memorial Medal of the Association of Coloproctology, Great Britain and Ireland, and the Section of Coloproctology, Royal Society of Medicine (1999)
  • First Prize Medical Book Award of the American Medical Writers Association for the textbook, Colon and Rectal Surgery (1985)
  • Piedmont Proctologic Society Award (1978)
  • > Click here to see abstracts/full text of Dr. Corman's journal articles on PubMed (National Library of Medicine).
  • Corman ML, editor. Corman's Colon and Rectal Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

    Three associate editors of international repute — Drs. Roberto Bergamaschi, R. John Nicholls, and Victor W. Fazio — have participated in the creation of this updated volume, but the hand of Dr. Marvin L. Corman can be recognized throughout. This gold standard reference is often referred to as the "bible" of the specialty.

    From Doody's Reviews: "This is the definitive book in colorectal surgery and the diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus in general. It is an exhaustive reference that spans the history of the subject right up to the most current and contemporary treatments and research. As is well known, everything is covered in this book.… This is a fantastic edition of a legendary book."

    From Annals of Surgery: "The Corman textbook, now in its sixth edition, will no doubt become the daily resource and indispensable companion for colon and rectal surgeons and fellows and an essential reference book for the general surgeon whose practice includes colon and rectal diseases."

    From Colorectal Disease: "Those practising surgeons, at all levels of training, and whether a dedicated colorectal specialist or more generalist, with a desire for a well-illustrated, succinct reference work that offers the benefits of Internet access, will greatly appreciate this book. The pearls of wisdom within mean that far from being obsolete, the textbook is more valuable now than ever."

    From Techniques in Coloproctology: "As in the previous editions, Dr. Corman's knowledge, wisdom, and experience permeates this textbook and guides the new generation of colorectal surgeons. He not only provides an enjoyable learning experience but also exhorts us to think and to critically appraise the enormous amount of information available to us (read more)."
  • Allison S, Corman ML. Intestinal stomas in Crohn's disease. Surg Clin North Am 2001;81:185-95, ix.
  • Amrani S, Zimmern A, O'Hara K, Corman ML. The Surgisis® AFP™ anal fistula plug: a new and reasonable alternative for the treatment of anal fistula. Gastroenterol Clin Biol 2008;32:946-8.
  • Bergamaschi R, Corman ML. The rectal prolapse dilemma: abundance of adjectives. Cir Esp 2014;92:147-8.
  • Chaudhary ND, Rivadeneira DE, Ranire-Maguire M, Corman ML. Topical sucralfate post-hemorrhoidectomy: an affordable and feasible treatment option. Dis Colon Rectum 2008;51:1857-8.
  • Corman ML. Colovesical fistula complicating diverticulitis in brothers. Dis Colon Rectum 1999;42:1511.
  • Corman ML. Contributions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French medicine to colon and rectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum 2000;43(6 Suppl):S1-29.
  • Corman ML. John C. Goligher Memorial Lectureship. Traditions, trials, and treatises.Dis Colon Rectum 1999;42:1130-5.
  • Corman ML. Total anorectal reconstruction to restore intestinal continuity after conventional proctocolectomy: report of a case. Colorectal Dis 2003;5:595-7.
  • Corman ML. Understanding surveillance colonoscopy. Lancet 1994;343:556-7.
  • Corman ML, Carriero A, Hager T, Herold A, Jayne DG, Lehur PA, Lomanto D, Longo A, Mellgren AF, Nicholls J, Nystrom PO, Senagore AJ, Stuto A, Wexner SD. Consensus conference on the stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR) for disordered defaecation. Colorectal Dis 2006;8:98-101.
  • Corman ML, Galandiuk S, Block GE, Prager ED, Weiner GJ, Kahn D, Abdel-NabiH, Mitchell EP, Pascucci VL, Maroli AN, et al. Immunoscintigraphy with 111In-satumomab pendetide in patients with colorectal adenocarcinoma: performance and impact on clinical management. Dis Colon Rectum 1994;37:129-37.
  • Corman ML, Gravie JF, Hager T, Loudon MA, Mascagni D, Nystrom PO, Seow-Choen F, Abcarian H, Marcello P, Weiss E, Longo A. Stapled haemorrhoidopexy: a consensus position paper by an international working party - indications, contra-indications and technique. Colorectal Dis 2003;5:304-10.
  • Corman ML, Prager ED. CEA for monitoring colon cancer [letter]. JAMA 1994;271:346.
  • Drazan KE, Corman ML. Large bowel obstruction. In: Cameron JL, editor. Current Surgical Therapy 6th ed. St Louis: Mosby, 1998: 186-90.
  • Dauphine CE, Tan PY, Beart RW Jr, Corman ML, Vukasin P. Self-expanding metallic stents in the management of lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2003;13:407-9.
  • Dauphine CE, Tan P, Beart RW Jr, Vukasin P, Cohen H, Corman ML. Placement of self-expanding metal stents for acute malignant large-bowel obstruction: a collective review. Ann Surg Oncol 2002;9:574-9.
  • Efron JE, Corman ML, Fleshman J, Barnett J, Nagle D, Birnbaum E, Weiss EG,Nogueras JJ, Sligh S, Rabine J, Wexner SD. Safety and effectiveness of temperature-controlled radio-frequency energy delivery to the anal canal (Secca procedure) for the treatment of fecal incontinence. Dis Colon Rectum 2003;46:1606-16; discussion 1616-8.
  • Fazio VW, Cohen Z, Fleshman JW, van Goor H, Bauer JJ, Wolff BG, Corman M, et al. Reduction in adhesive small-bowel obstruction by seprafilm((r)) adhesion barrier after intestinal resection. Dis Colon Rectum 2006;49:1-11.
  • Kaiser AM, Corman ML. History of laparoscopy. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 2001;10:483-92.
  • Kaiser AM, Corman ML. Modified perianal incisions in graciloplasty for fecal incontinence. Dis Colon Rectum 2002;45:703-4.
  • Ko CY, Corman ML. Management of hemorrhage during pelvic surgery. In: Fazio VW, Church JM, Delaney CP, editors. Current Therapy in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby, 2005: 535-6.
  • Kuehne J, Kleisli T, Biernacki P, Girvigian M, Streeter O, Corman ML, Ortega AE, Vukasin P, Essani R, Beart RW. Use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy in the management of locally recurrent rectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum 2003;46:895-9.
  • Lee J, Corman M. Recurrence of anal adenocarcinoma after local excision and adjuvant chemoradiation therapy: report of a case and review of the literature. J Gastrointest Surg 2009;13:150-4.
  • Liu CD, Whang EE, Corman ML. Crohn's disease. In: McKellar DP, Reiling RB, Eiseman B, editors. Prognosis and Outcomes in Surgical Disease. St Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 1999: 182-5.
  • Milsom JW, Smith DL, Corman ML, Howerton RA, Yellin AE, Luke DR. Double-blind comparison of single-dose alatrofloxacin and cefotetan as prophylaxis of infection following elective colorectal surgery. Trovafloxacin Surgical Group. Am J Surg 1998;176(6A Suppl):46S-52S.
  • Parisien CJ, Corman ML. The Secca procedure for the treatment of fecal incontinence: definitive therapy or short-term solution. Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2005;18:42-5.
  • Sardinha TC, Corman ML. Hemorrhoids. Surg Clin North Am 2002;82:1153-67, vi.
  • Senagore AJ, Singer M, Abcarian H, Fleshman J, Corman M, Wexner S, Nivatvongs S; Procedure for Prolapse and Hemmorrhoids (PPH) Multicenter Study Group. A prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial comparing stapled hemorrhoidopexy and Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy: perioperative and one-year results. Dis Colon Rectum 2004;47:1824-36.
  • Tan PY, Corman ML. Crohn's colitis. In: Cameron JL, editor. Current Surgical Therapy. 7th ed. St Louis: Mosby, 2001: 187-91.
  • Tan PY, Vukasin P, Chin ID, Ciona CJ, Ortega AE, Anthone GJ, Corman ML, Beart RW Jr. The WAND local anesthetic delivery system: a more pleasant experience for anal anesthesia. Dis Colon Rectum 2001;44:686-9.
  • Wong WD, Congliosi SM, Spencer MP, Corman ML, Tan P, Opelka FG, Burnstein M, Nogueras JJ, Bailey HR, Devesa JM, Fry RD, Cagir B, Birnbaum E, Fleshman JW, Lawrence MA, Buie WD, Heine J, Edelstein PS, Gregorcyk S, Lehur PA, Michot F, Phang PT, Schoetz DJ, Potenti F, Tsai JY. The safety and efficacy of the artificial bowel sphincter for fecal incontinence: results from a multicenter cohort study.Dis Colon Rectum 2002;45:1139-53.
  • > Click here to see abstracts/full text of Dr. Corman's journal articles on PubMed (National Library of Medicine).