Our Colorectal Surgery Team

Our physicians have extensive experience in treating colorectal conditions and diseases and are dedicated to excellence in patient care, education and research. All of our physicians are board certified and hold faculty positions at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where they prepare the physicians and surgeons of the future. Our Brown University Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Teaching Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

 

Interim Chief of Colorectal Surgery for Lifespan

Steven Schechter, MD, is the interim chief of colorectal surgery for Lifespan and a board-certified colorectal surgeon with special expertise in laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, and colon cancer.

His research interests include rectal cancer treatment, and the link between anal cancer and human papilloma virus in women.

Dr. Schechter is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the New England Surgical Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and a member of the International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.

Dr. Schechter is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of several awards for his teaching at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he is a clinical associate professor.

Colorectal Surgeon and Co-Director, Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Leslie Roth, MD, FACS, FASCRS is co-director of the Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders in the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and a colorectal surgeon at University Surgical Associates.

Dr. Roth is the Rosalyn and Joseph Sinclair Clinical Professor of Pelvic Floor Disorders and an assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her medical degree from the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, New York State/American Program, in Ramat Aviv, Israel and New York.

She completed her residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is a graduate of the colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Roth is board certified in both general and colorectal surgery. She is also a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Roth's areas of clinical interest and expertise include colon and rectal cancer surgery, colonoscopy, laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery, benign anorectal conditions, fecal incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders.

Colorectal Surgeon

Adam Klipfel, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon with expertise in colon cancer and surgical oncology. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed a residency at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Klipfel gained further experience through a colorectal fellowship and an anorectal physiology fellowship at University of Southern California-affiliated hospitals. He has expertise in robotic surgery for benign and malignant disease. He is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is program coordinator of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship program. Dr. Klipfel is the current president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Rectal and Colon Surgeons as well as a member of Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, among others.

Colorectal Surgeon