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Texas Oncology Adds Physicians From Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons to Its Colon and Rectal Specialty Division

DALLAS – Texas Oncology announced today that the physicians who practice with Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons will join Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists, the colon and rectal specialty division within Texas Oncology, effective May 1. With the addition of these eight physicians, Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists now has 39 total physicians serving patients at 38 locations in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and Amarillo metropolitan areas.

Established in 2008, Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons is the largest group of colon and rectal surgeons in central Texas who are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, the leading national standards body. Texas Oncology will assume responsibility for operations at the three current Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons locations, in south, central, and north Austin.

“We are committed to expanding our practice to deliver better colon and rectal care to patients in central Texas by connecting them to our broad network of expert physicians and clinicians,” said Steven Paulson, M.D., president and chairman of the board, Texas Oncology. “High-quality, evidence-based colon and rectal care, including cancer treatment, is a vital healthcare service that we are prioritizing as part of our comprehensive care plan.”

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined in the U.S., with more than 12,400 cases diagnosed last year in Texas.

“Central Texas patients will benefit from our joining Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists by giving them access to even more resources, expertise, and opportunities for enhanced care,” said Thiru Lakshman, M.D., president, Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons. “We will continue to provide the same high level of comprehensive care for all types of colorectal diseases, both benign and malignant. We are proud to join an established, innovative provider of high-quality colon and rectal care that includes leading edge oncology care.”

The addition of the Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons physicians to Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists provides patients more opportunities to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials and research, with a physician team that is active in research, as well as ongoing training in advancements in the treatment of complex colon and rectal diseases and disorders.

Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists is part of Texas Oncology’s surgical group, which includes more than 130 surgeons with specialties in breast, gynecologic oncology, urology, colon and rectal, neuro-oncology, thoracic, and surgical oncology. Texas Oncology surgeons performed more than 152,000 procedures last year.

About Texas Oncology

With more than 530 physicians and 280 locations, Texas Oncology is an independent private practice that sees more than 71,000 new cancer patients each year. Founded in 1986, Texas Oncology provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care, and includes Texas Center for Proton Therapy, Texas Breast Specialists, Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists, Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists, Texas Urology Specialists and Texas Infusion and Imaging Center. Texas Oncology’s robust community-based clinical trials and research program has contributed to the development of more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies. Learn more at TexasOncology.com.