Assistant Professor of Surgery
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Dr. Kucejko's philosophy of care is that all patients deserve the highest quality of expert care regardless of situation. Diseases of the colon and rectum can be life-altering, regardless of their severity, and typically require life-long follow up. Dr. Kucejko aims to provide care both to the patient and to all of their personal support group in order to maximize the chance of improving quality of life, and maintaining the best possible health of the patient.
Dr. Kucejko is a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon who cares for patients with a variety of conditions, both benign and malignant, of the colon, rectum and anus. He has a special interest in the complex management and lifelong care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also has a special interest in advanced endoscopy and organ preservation modalities when treating colon and rectal cancer.
Dr. Kucejko's research focuses on improving patient outcomes in colorectal disease through advocacy and public health initiatives. He feels disease prevention and early treatment has the best chance to improve the health of patients nationwide and save taxpayer dollars. His research focuses on the best way to do this, assuring as many patients as possible have access to healthcare before complications arise, typically later in the disease process.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
B.S., Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 2004
M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2014
M.S., Organic Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 2007
M.B.A., University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs CO 2010
General Surgery, Drexel University - Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia PA 2014-2015
General Surgery, Drexel University - Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia PA 2015-2019
General Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia PA 2019-2021
Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington MA 2021-2022
TJUH Excellence in Teaching Award - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2021
Pennsylvania Top 40 Physicians under 40 - Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2020
Joel J. Roslyn, M.D. Resident Research Award - Drexel School of Medicine, Hahnemann Hospital, 2018
Leadership and Advocacy Summit Resident Scholarship, American College of Surgeons, 2017
Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship for Excnahges with Israeli Universities - Drexel University, 2017
To see a full list of Dr. Kucejko's publications, please click here.
“Advocacy: What Every Colorectal Surgeon Needs to Know to Make a Critical Impact on Health Care Policy.” Kucejko, R; Baucom, RB.; Tyler, KM.; Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. 2022 Jun; 65(6):790-792.
“How soon should we schedule colon cancer patients for definitive resection?” Kucejko RJ, Holleran T, Stein DE, Poggio JL. Dis Col Rect., 2020 Feb; 63(2): 172-182.
“Morbidity and Mortality in Patients Undergoing Fecal Diversion as an Adjunct to Wound Healing: a NSQIP Comparison Study.” Pontell M, Kucejko R, Scantling D, Weingarten M, Stein D. Eur J Plast Surg. 2019 Dec; 42(3): 283-290.
“Racial Disparities and the Effect of Income on the Survival of Young Men with Anal Cancer.” Bojko MB, Kucejko RJ, Poggio JL. Health Equity. 2018 Aug; 2(1): 193–198.
“Considerations and Changes in the Evaluation, Management, and Outcomes in the Management of Diverticular Disease: The Diagnosis, Pathology, and Treatment of Diverticular Colitis.” Kucejko RJ, Poggio JL. Clin. Colon Rectal Surg. 2018 Jul; 31(4): 221 – 225.
“Are Prophylactic Antibiotics Indicated in Anorectal Surgery for HIV Patients?” Patel S, Kucejko RJ, Fazendin E, Poggio JL. Surg. Infect. 2017 Nov; 18(8): 924-928.
“Condyloma Acuminatum, AIN and Anal Cancer in the Setting of HIV: Do We Really Understand the Risk?” Fazendin EA, Crean AJ, Fazendin JM, Kucejko RJ, Gill HS, Poggio JL, Stein DE. Dis. Col. Rect. 2017 Oct, 60(10): 1078-1082.