Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, PhD

Chief, Colorectal Service; Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Surgical Oncology
Pictured: Julio Garcia-Aguilar

Colorectal surgery chief Julio Garcia-Aguilar talks about the benefits of being treated for colorectal cancer by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary team.


I have dedicated my career to the surgical care of people with colon and rectal cancer, and am an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques for performing these surgeries.

In addition to having treated thousands of patients over the years, I have a keen interest in research, particularly in examining ways to improve outcomes for peoples with colon and rectal cancers. I have led National Cancer Institute–sponsored studies aimed at  improving the quality of life of patients with rectal cancer by performing smaller operations and identifying individuals  who might avoid surgery altogether through sufficient elimination of tumors with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

I am also interested in identifying biomarkers that could predict rectal cancer response to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and in examining racial disparities in outcomes for people with colorectal cancer.

Clinical Expertise

Colon and Rectal Cancers; Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery for Colon and Rectal Cancers

Languages Spoken
English; Spanish

MD, PhD, Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain)


Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain); Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School


University of Minnesota

Board Certifications

General Surgery; Colon and Rectal Surgery

See My Colleagues in:
Publications by Julio Garcia-Aguilar

Fast Facts: Colorectal Cancer. 3rd ed. Taylor I, Garcia-Aguilar J, Ward R, eds. Oxford, UK: Health Press; 2010.

Book Chapters
“Local treatment of rectal cancer.” Rothenberger DA, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Current Therapy of Colorectal Disease. Fazio V, Church J, eds. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2001. 

 “Tecnicas de anastomosis en cirugia colorectal.” Garcia-Aguilar J, Hernandez de Anda E. In: Colon, Recto y Ano: Enfermedades Medico Quirurgicas. Takahashi T, ed. Mexico: ETM Editores; 2002: 631-639.

 “Management of cancer in a polyp.” Rothenberger DA, Garcia-Aguilar J. Colorectal Cancer: Multimodality Management. Saltz L, ed. New York: Humana Press; 2002.

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