About Us

An Overview

North Shore University Hospital has been delivering quality, up-to-date medical care for more than fifty years. In its quest to solidify its standing as the premier health care provider on Long Island and improve upon its quality of care, North Shore University Hospital is proud to open The Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases, a world class facility in Great Neck, New York. Its mission is to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive services for the treatment of colon and rectal disorders.

Filling a Need in Our Community

This Center is the first and only one of its kind on Long Island. More than 3500 yearly office visits are anticipated, and more than 2000 office based procedures will be performed there. This facility fills a significant void in existing Long Island healthcare resources, where the incidence of many colon and rectal diseases is among the highest in the country. In fact:

  • 1 in 17 Long Islanders will develop colorectal cancer
  • This incidence is 3 to 10 times higher with a positive family history
  • There are an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people on Long Island with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • By age 80, 60% of the population in the United States will develop Diverticulosis and 10% of them become symptomatic.

The Team

Center for Colon & Rectal Diseases – Staff

The Center emphasizes an integrated, collaborative team approach to provide the best possible care – and “one stop shopping” – for each patient. The surgeons will work closely with nutritionists, enterostomal therapists, nurses, and social workers. In addition, the surgeons will draw upon the extensive, internationally renowned expertise available within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. This extended team includes gastroenterologists and pathologists who specialize in the full spectrum of colorectal diseases, as well as radiologists with expertise in advanced imaging techniques such as virtual colonoscopy, defecograms, magnetic resonance imaging, and interventional radiology.

The Center is directed and managed by John Procaccino, M.D., who has earned a respected reputation as one of the top colorectal surgeons in New York and throughout the United States. Moreover, the center is committed to the education of future generations of colorectal surgeons and has been approved by the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery to offer a fellowship position in this surgical specialty, which is one of only 4 available in New York, and one of 35 in the country.

The medical and administrative support Staff at The Colon and Rectal Center strive to have a professional and caring attitude, as well as a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge to enhance the patient’s experience at the Center.