Alessio Pigazzi

Alessio Pigazzi
, MD, PhD

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colorectal Cancer
Cancer: Surgical Oncology
HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy)
Da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery
Hernia Repair
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Gastrointestinal Surgery

UC Irvine Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 23, 3rd floor
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-717-GIMD (888-717-4463) or 714-456-8823
UC Irvine Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center — High Desert
12595 Hesperia Road, Suite 101
Victorville, CA 92395
Phone: 760-269-3099
Fax: 760-269-3038
  • American Board of Surgery — Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy
  • Cytoreductive surgery
  • Colon, rectal and anal cancer
  • Hernia surgery
  • Colon and rectal polyps
  • Rectal-urethral and vaginal fistulas
  • Transvaginal colectomies
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY — General Surgery
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center — General Surgery
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ — Minimally Invasive Surgery
UC Irvine Medical Center — Colorectal Surgery
Graduate School
Boston University School of Medicine — PhD, biochemistry
Professional Positions
  • Vice-chair for research — Department of Surgery
  • Chief — Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Chief — Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
  • Associate professor — Department of Surgery
  • Fellow — American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow — Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Founding Member — Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
  • Member — American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Member — American College of Surgeon Oncology Group
  • Member — American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Member — American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Member — Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons
  • Member — Minimally Invasive Robotic Association

Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® (Colon & Rectal Surgery), 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Resident Achievement Award — Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 2002
  • Alpha Omega Alpha — Honor Medical Society, 1998
  • Savenor Prize for Student Excellence in Surgery — Boston University, 1998
  • American Heart Association Student Research Fellowship, 1992-1993
  • Karen Grunebaum Research Award — Boston University, 1993
  • Betty Lea Stone, American Cancer Society Student Research Award, 1992
More Information

Dr. Alessio Pigazzi is a UC Irvine Health surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, including laparoscopic, robot-assisted and endoscopic techniques. He performed the world's first robot-assisted total mesorectal resection for rectal cancer, a procedure that results in faster recovery, better cosmesis and improved preservation of sexual function.

Pigazzi also is skilled in robot-assisted surgery for pelvic iatrogenic injuries, specifically recto-urethral and vaginal fistulas, and he performs transvaginal colectomies for women seeking to avoid an abdominal scar. In addition, he is an expert in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis. The procedure, combined with cytoreductive surgery, is an important and difficult-to-find option for patients with this complicated disease.

He earned a joint medical degree and PhD in biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, N.Y. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center. 

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Surgery