St. Clair Health Colorectal Surgery

    At St. Clair Health, we understand the uncertainty that comes with colorectal conditions and diagnosis. One of the most advanced colorectal surgical teams in western Pennsylvania is here for you, close to home. Our team of experts are highly trained and experienced in their field to provide our patients with exceptional and compassionate care. With state-of-the-art technology, treatments and procedures are less severe and bring peace of mind to our community. St. Clair’s Colorectal Surgery team works closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, and nurse navigators that help guide patient care and treatment through every step.

    Two of the most common types of adult GI cancers include:

    Colon cancer usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. Over time some of these polyps can become cancerous.  

    Rectal cancer is very similar to colon cancer and the same processes occur in the rectum which is the last portion of the colon.  Malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the rectum and can grow at a rapid pace.


    Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer or catch in early stages of cancer. 

    Talk with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to learn more about the importance behind colonoscopy screenings.

    Meet the Surgeons

    Scott A. Holekamp, M.D., FACS

    Leigh H. Nadler, M.D., FACS, FASCRS


    St. Clair Hospital Professional Office Building
    1050 Bower Hill Road
    Suite 208
    Pittsburgh, PA 15243
    (412) 572-6192

    Patient Story

    John was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in March 2020. With the help of the experts at St. Clair Health, John now lives life to the fullest after winning his battle against cancer. Learn more about his story.

    Let’s Ask the Expert

    Dr. Scott Holekamp answers your frequently asked questions concerning colon cancer. Click below to watch his series about how to prevent colon cancer and the common symptoms you experience with this condition.