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Colorectal Surgery Program


At Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, our Colorectal Surgery specialists provide the highest level of excellence for patients with colorectal health needs.

We offer answers (without the travel time).

For patients and doctors seeking answers, our specialists not only perform early, segmental colectomy, but also have significant experience with rectal cancers, deeply invasive cancers, and localized metastatic disease to the liver. Many early cancers can be easily removed using minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic or robotic colon surgery, with very favorable outcomes. 

We also offer a second opinion for patients who need confirmation. We help answer questions, provide insight into diagnoses, discuss treatment options, and provide advanced care in the event that it’s needed.

Our system is designed to prepare patients for colorectal procedures.

“We have a colorectal nurse navigator who has been hired specifically to follow all patients, and we offer educational classes for patients before the surgery,” says Hadi R. Najafian, DO, FACS, FASCRS, board-certified colon and rectal surgeon who sees patients at Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. “It’s a whole system, and there’s nothing else like it in the East or West Valley.”

In addition, our nurse navigator advocates for our patients by: 

  • Keeping them informed
  • Ensuring they feel supported, understood, and prepared for their medical procedure 
  • Seeing them through the entire treatment process

We provide comprehensive care that goes beyond colorectal surgery.

“We treat each patient as a whole person and work hard to communicate well and coordinate care with the patient’s other physicians,” says Sushil Pandey, MD, FACS, FASCRS, board-certified colon and rectal surgeon who also sees patients at Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. “I always give my cell and office numbers to referring physicians. If someone has a patient who needs to be cared for immediately, they can always call.”

To refer a patient for a consultation at Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, call 623.208.5740.