Cedars-Sinai Colorectal Surgeon (Proctologist)

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates

No one wants to go to the proctologist or undergo a colonoscopy, but everyone needs to at some point. When it is time for you to visit, we hope you will consider seeing one of our experienced physicians and surgeons from Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

With the right preventative care, treatment, and follow up, the team from Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates can help you ease your symptoms and get back to normal as soon as possible. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the rectum, anus, colon and pelvic floor.

One of the most common reasons patients come to see us is for proactive screening for colon cancer, recommended after age 50 (and recently moved up to age 45 for average risk individuals). Undergoing a preventive screening for colorectal cancer every 5 to 10 years could prevent a majority of all colorectal cancers, according to a 2012 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this study, researchers found that regular colonoscopy screenings are highly effective art identifying the early warning signs of cancer and aiding in prevention of the development of cancer. This is just one reason why we recommend anyone in the Los Angeles area concerned about their colon or rectal health consider seeing a member of the Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates team for ongoing care.

The Practice

The proctologists at Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates provide preventive care and treatment options for colon and rectal health. Our three proctologists at Cedars-Sinai Hospital have more than 50 years of combined medical experience caring for patients and extensive training in diagnostics, treatment, and surgery for colorectal conditions. They have been named in consecutive years as Top Surgeons from Southern California by the industry publication SuperDoctors.

Our proctologists will always explore the least invasive medical options to treat your condition with compassion and care. But if surgery is the only option, you’ll be in good hands. Our surgeons are trained in the most advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques for hemorrhoidal surgery and the treatment of colon and rectal disorders. Our doctors have even played significant roles in developing less invasive treatments and techniques for treating hemorrhoids, colon and rectal cancer, and other colorectal conditions. They continue to conduct research and refine these procedures, as well as the devices necessary to complete them.

Our team of colon and rectal surgeons includes:

  • Gary H. Hoffman, M.D. is the Clinical Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
  • Eiman Firoozmand, M.D. is an attending surgeon and past chief in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Liza M. Capiendo, M.D. is an attending surgeon and past chief in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

In addition to helping patients in the office and the operating room, our team of doctors also serve as teaching faculty for general surgery residency and colorectal surgery fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and regularly publish research in the leading colorectal medical journals.

Their specialized clinical and research interests include:

  • Laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive treatment of colon and rectal malignancies
  • Optimizing outcomes and techniques in colorectal surgery
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy
  • The surgical treatment of hemorrhoids
  • The treatment of colon and rectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment of anal warts, dysplasia and cancer
  • Benign anorectal disease such as anal fistula and fissures
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of benign colon disease such as diverticulitis or polyps.
  • New techniques for hemorrhoidal surgery, including the procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids (PPH)
  • Laparoscopic treatment of colon and rectal disorders
  • The treatment of rectal disorders in women
  • The treatment of pelvic floor disorders
  • The treatment of fecal incontinence

With such a wide range of interests and specialties, there is a doctor on our team who can help you build a treatment plan and get on the road to recovery, no matter your colon or rectal concern.


If you require special attention for a problem with the colon, rectum or anus, and you experience symptoms that prompt you to see a doctor, a proctologist, specially trained in this area will be the specialist best able to handle your concerns. Rectal bleeding, bloody stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or lack of energy can all be symptoms of colon and rectal health problems that need medical care.

Your primary care physician can treat the symptoms of many of these common problems. But if your condition worsens or the initial treatment options don’t seem to be working, you may benefit from a consultation with a specialist at Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates. And even if you don’t have any acute symptoms that could indicate a colorectal problem, proper preventive care and screenings are an important part of healthy living. The American Cancer Society recommends people with an average risk of colon cancer begin getting regular colonoscopies at age 45, while the the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends everyone begin by age 50.

This Cedars-Sinai team of colorectal doctors and surgeons are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible for health problems such as colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and other conditions associated with the lower digestive tract.

Why Choose the Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates Team?

Since the founding of our practice in 1957, the surgeons from Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates has strived to provide patients with a quick and accurate diagnosis followed by compassionate medical treatment. If you require surgery, you can feel confident that our team will offer the latest and best procedures to give you the fastest and fullest recovery possible.

Our surgeons are compassionate doctors who can put you at ease, reducing your anxiety and helping you understand what to expect every step of the way. At the same time, we provide aggressive care when necessary, utilizing cutting-edge technology and the most effective treatments available.

Our doctors have helped thousands of patients get the relief they need from hemorrhoids and other common colorectal complaints, and we also have the experience and training necessary to manage even the most complex cases.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Proctologists

Our colorectal physicians perform consultations and treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Our experienced colon and rectal surgeons are part of the Cedars-Sinai team of more than 2,000 physicians who are dedicated to helping patients live happy and productive lives.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is located near the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. The large teaching hospital has 958 beds. The facility is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and landed at No. 8 in the 2018–19 U.S. News Best Hospitals Honor Roll. In all, Cedars-Sinai serves more than 1 million patients each year through more than 40 locations in and around Los Angeles, California.

In addition to providing services at the hospital and our own clinic in Beverly Hills, our team from Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates also provides services at local surgical centers.

If you have colon, rectal, or anal concerns – or if you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy – in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, or nearby, you can call our office for a confidential consultation today at (310) 273-2310.

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