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Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified Colorectal Care Center surgical team of four well-respected colorectal surgeons is committed to providing you care in a dignified, sensitive manner.


Robert W. Beart, M.D.
Robert W. Beart, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery; Founder, Colorectal Care Center

Internationally renowned for his research and advancement of treatment for colorectal disease, Dr. Beart received board certification both in general and colorectal surgery. Dr. Beart received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a surgical residency at the University of Colorado Medical School where he trained under Dr. Thomas E. Starzl and served as a Chief Resident. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Transplant (Liver and Kidney), followed by a second fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery, both at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Throughout nearly 40 years of practice and research, he pioneered many innovations, including the ileal pouch-anal anastomosis, the development of laparoscopic colon surgery and the advancement of complex rectal cancer care. Additionally, Dr. Beart has published over 420 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Beart has served as Chairman of the Commission of Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and President of major colorectal surgical societies including: the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons. His clinical and research interests include laparoscopic colon resections, continence preservation, the use of gene therapy in the management of recurrent colon cancer, and the treatment of recurrent rectal cancer.


Petar Vukasin, M.D.
Petar Vukasin, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery; Medical Director, Colorectal Care Center

Dr. Petar Vukasin is board certified in colorectal surgery. He received his medical degree from USC, where he also served his surgical residency and fellowship in colorectal surgery. Dr. Vukasin has specialized in the medical practice and research of colorectal surgery for 20 years. With his experience in research, teaching and medical practice, he brings his patients highly specialized care for colorectal diseases. Dr. Vukasin continues his research activities in colorectal diseases with a special interest in HIV-associated anorectal disorders. Beyond the scope of his surgical expertise, Dr. Vukasin continues to be actively involved in the medical community and has served in numerous capacities including Chief of Surgery, Member of the Surgery Committee, Member of the Community Board, and Chief of Medical Staff at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital.


AnaMaria McElrath-Garza, M.D.
AnaMaria McElrath-Garza, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery

AnaMaria-Garza, M.D., is board certified in general and colorectal surgery with a strong commitment to women’s colorectal health and the prevention of colorectal cancer in the community. As Program Leader for the Advancement of Anorectal Physiology and Testing, Dr. Garza successfully organized the acquisition of the most advanced colorectal diagnostic and treatment capabilities available today. These capabilities are essential for the care of patients with rectal and anal disorders such as rectal cancer, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, rectal pain, and other complex anorectal abnormalities.


Carmen Ruiz, M.D.
Carmen Ruiz, M.D.

Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Carmen Ruiz is board certified in colon and rectal surgery. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her surgical residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Ruiz went on to complete a clinical trials research fellowship followed by a clinical fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ruiz is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a devoted and skilled surgeon. Her clinical interests include the prevention of colorectal cancers, and the management of a broad spectrum of complex colon and rectal diseases.

 
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about Glendale Memorial's Colorectal Care Center, call (818) 409-7648.