Bruce Orkin, MD

Bruce Orkin, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Program Director

Bruce A. Orkin, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a board-certified colorectal surgeon. Dr. Orkin received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and performed his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He went on to complete prestigious fellowships in gastrointestinal research at the Mayo Clinic and in colon and rectal surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. In practice for more than three decades, Dr. Orkin is an acknowledged international authority on colorectal surgery, having published numerous research papers, review articles and chapters in this field. Topics have included the role of surgery in constipation and functional anorectal disorders, anorectal disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, construction and complications of ostomies (ileostomy and colostomy), and minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal cancer. He has served as a guest lecturer, visiting professor and featured speaker around the country at many national and regional meetings, as well as internationally in Holland, Brazil, Denmark, Canada, China and other countries. Dr. Orkin has been actively involved in the ACGME – Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education rising to the chairmanship of the Residency Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and a senior examiner of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Matthew Albert, MD

Matthew Albert, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Matthew Albert earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Albert completed his residency training in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Albert, along with Drs. Larach and Atallah, founded the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program at AdventHealth Orlando in 2009. He serves as assistant director and faculty member for the program.

As a premier colorectal surgeon in Orlando and a daVinci® Certified Robotic Surgeon, Dr. Albert is arguably one of the busiest physicians in the area. He continually receives complex cases from around the region while attentively meeting the needs of local-area patients. Dr. Albert is a well published and highly regarded expert, having presented scientific work and research at many national and international surgical society meetings. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). TAMIS is a revolutionary technique to remove polyps and some cancers from the rectum. Working closely with a 3-surgeon team, Dr. Albert helped pioneer this innovative procedure in 2009. With regard to pelvic floor disorders, Dr. Albert has become an expert on laparoscopic and robotic repair of rectal prolapse (e.g., robotic rectopexy). He is sited as a Top Doc in Orlando Magazine.

Teresa H. deBeche-Adams, MD

Teresa H. deBeche-Adams, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Teresa H. deBeche-Adams is the first graduate of the AdventHealth Orlando Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship. During her one-year training, she completed more than 200 laparoscopic colorectal cases and 30 robotic cases as primary surgeon, while still finding time to actively pursue research, including a podium presentation at SAGES 2011 (San Antonio, TX) on surgical drainoscopy.

She is a board certified diplomate by the American Board of Surgery.

George Nassif, DO

George J. Nassif Jr. , DO, FACS

Dr. Nassif is a board certified colon and rectal surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Upon completing his fellowship training at Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Nassif joins Dr. Matthew Albert in the Altamonte Springs location.

As the newest member of the team that provided his advanced training, Dr. Nassif is amply awarded, well presented and is exceptionally equipped to provide comprehensive treatments and minimally-invasive surgery for a multitude of colorectal disorders, conditions and cancers, including pelvic 3D endorectal ultrasound, TAMIS (transanal minimally invasive surgery) and SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery). Additional specialties include robotic surgery of the colon and rectum, screening and therapeutic colonoscopy, surgery for colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders, stomas and hernia issue and treatment of anorectal disease.

John Monson, MD

John R.T. Monson, MD, FRCS (Ire, Eng, Ed (Hon), Glas (Hon)), FASCRS, FACS

Executive Director for Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Monson, fellowship trained in colon and rectal surgery, surgical oncology, and vascular surgery joins the Orlando colorectal medical team at the Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery. His areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS) laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Monson is credited with leading the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom. He is a former Chair of the U.K.'s National Training Program. His research encompasses a broad range of cancer-related areas including the development of national standards and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care.

An internationally recognized lecturer and award-winning author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology, served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and currently serves on their Executive Council and Chairman of the Research Committee and Vice-President of the OSTRiCh Consortium on Rectal Cancer Care. He is a Fellow of all four Royal Colleges of Surgeons – Ireland, England, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is a current member of the Commission on Cancer and Steering Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).

Jeremy M. Drake, MD

Jeremy Drake, MD

Jeremy Drake, MD is a general surgeon and fellowship trained in robotic surgery for colon and rectal cancer. Dr. Drake received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL, and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile after completing an internship at Vanderbilt University. He is particularly interested in the screening and treatment of colon and rectal cancer, pelvic floor disorders, and benign anorectal diseases, including best practices for management of hemorrhoids and fistula. In addition to being an award-winning resident physician, Dr. Drake is a former Division I student athlete, and Academic All American.