John RT Monson, MD
Disclosures: Honoraria-Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|Consulting Fee-Medtronic, Inc. - 05/20/2022



Dr. John RT Monson is the Executive Medical Director of Colorectal Surgery and Clinical Chair of the Digestive Health and Surgery Institute for AdventHealth, Orlando and Central Florida.  He is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. He also serves as the Clinical Director of the Surgical Health Outcomes Consortium (SHOC) at Florida Hospital.


Dr. Monson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, started his Faculty career at Imperial College London in 1990.  He served as a Professor of Surgery, Head of the Academic Surgical Unit, and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Hull in England between 1993 and 2008.


Immediately prior to moving to Orlando, Dr. Monson became Chief of the University of Rochester, School of Medicine Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice Chair of its Department of Surgery in 2008. He was also the Director of the Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE) as well as Vice-Chairman for Research.


Dr. Monson, whose areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS and TAMIS) laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Monson was at the forefront of the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom and was the founding Chair of the U.K.'s National Training Program. He has been involved in basic research into a broad range of cancer-related areas and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care.


A lecturer and award-winning author of almost 400 peer-reviewed papers and over 100 book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology and served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He was President of MIRCS (Multidisciplinary International Rectal Cancer Society) and Vice-President of the OSTRiCh Clinical Consortium on Rectal Cancer having co-founded this group.  He co-authored the Commission on Cancer national standards for rectal cancer care in the USA.  In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer and is a sitting member of the Commission on Cancer.


Dr. Monson is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and served as the Chair of the ASCRS Research Committee and a member of the Foundation Board for six years. He has served on a number of ASCRS bodies including the Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee and Membership Committee having previously served on the Standards and Public Relations Committee


His current research continue to focus on health care delivery and the implementation of change within health care systems with a particular emphasis on cancer care.  He is a Co-Editor for Diseases of Colon and Rectum and Digestive Surgery and serves on multiple editorial boards including Annals of Surgery and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He is a Fellow of all four Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the British Isles and is an Honorary Fellow of the ASGBI and the Society of University Surgeons.