Matthew Mutch named Gershman Chair for Colon and Rectal Surgery

Matthew Mutch, MDMatthew Mutch, MD, chief of the Washington University Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, has been named the Solon and Bettie Gershman Chair for Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The endowed chair was established by the Solon and Bettie Gershman Family through The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital to support vital clinical services for patients and groundbreaking research to better understand and treat colon and rectal conditions. The chair was previously held by Ira Kodner, MD, professor emeritus of surgery, who served as the first colon and rectal surgery chief and retired in 2013. The honor recognizes Dr. Mutch’s national leadership in the laparoscopic treatment of colorectal cancer and training of surgeons in this procedure.

Dr. Mutch has served as colon and rectal surgery chief since 2015 and was the program director for the Washington University Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship from 2007-2016. He serves on the Quality Assessment and Safety Monitoring Committee and is co-chair of the Lower GI Cancer Group at Siteman Cancer Center. He is also is a member of the Surgical Innovations Committee for Washington University Department of Surgery.

On a national level, Dr. Mutch is involved in resident and fellow education by serving on the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Review Committee, where he is vice chair, and the Fellowship Council Accreditation Committee. He also serves as secretary of the Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is actively involved in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons where he serves on the Executive Council and is a council representative of the Self-Assessment Committee. Dr. Mutch has been an active participant on the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, where he is a member of the Written Board Subcommittee, Maintenance of Certification Committee, and an oral boards associate examiner.

Dr. Mutch’s research interests are the identification of molecular markers to predict cancer-related outcomes in patients with rectal cancer and clinical outcomes related to laparoscopic colorectal surgery. To date, he has published 59 peer-reviewed articles.

“We are so fortunate to have such a terrific leader in this field as our chief of colorectal surgery,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD, Bixby Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery. “Matt has been a leader in developing innovative treatments for rectal cancer, minimally invasive techniques for colon surgery and new pathways for treating patients more efficiently and more safely. We are so appreciative of the entire Gershman family for their generosity and support of this fabulous professorship.”

Dr. Mutch is a Washington University School of Medicine graduate and has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He completed his general surgery residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, followed by a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Solon and Bettie Gershman established the chair in 1998. Solon Gershman – founder and chairman of both Solon Gershman Realty and Gershman Investment Corp. – was a generous and dedicated philanthropist who gave to dozens of charities and organizations in the St. Louis area.