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Juan Lucas Poggio

Juan Lucas Poggio, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS

Associate Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery

Department: Surgery

Specialties: Colon and Rectal Surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colon Cancer


  • MD - Universidad del Salvador Medical School (1996)
  • MS - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (1999)

Awards & Honors

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia Magazine (2018)
  • Nomination, "Golden Stethoscope Award" for Excellence in Teaching, MD Class of 2005, Drexel University School of Medicine (April 2004)

Other Languages Spoken


Dr. Juan Lucas Poggio's clinical expertise includes both advanced laparoscopic and open surgical management of primary and recurrent colon and rectal cancer and also anal sphincter preserving procedures for distal rectal cancer. He also specializes in the compassionate care of patients with anal dysplasia and anal cancer and has recently developed the first comprehensive Anal Health Center in Philadelphia. He offers high resolution anoscopy (HRA) as part of the screening and surveillance of patients living with or without HIV disease who are at risk for the development of anal dysplasia and anal cancer. He was the event chair and leader behind the first Philadelphia Anal Symposium, held in 2018, which initiated a series of events for providers and for the community in an effort to offer care to patients affected or at risk for anal dysplasia and cancer in conjunction with local HIV and infectious diseases clinics in the Philadelphia region.

Dr. Poggio's other clinical interests include laparoscopic treatment of diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal polyps, and anal sphincter incontinence. He is the head of the newly developed robotic colorectal surgery program. In keeping with his commitment to providing patients with a safer, more efficient surgical procedure with fast recovery time, Dr. Poggio has recently added the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System to his practice. Robotic colorectal surgery offers:

  • Smaller incision
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time
  • Better preservation of sexual function and bladder control

It also affords the surgeon a better view of the abdominal and pelvic area, with high-definition three-dimensional views. The improved dissection abilities allow for a more precise surgery.

Dr. Poggio is one of the first surgeons in the area to offer robotic colorectal surgery, and is available for consultation with patients who need treatment for colorectal cancer, including sphincter-preserving surgery, as well as benign conditions like diverticulitis, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and rectal prolapse.

Dr. Poggio has extensive experience with endorectal ultrasound for staging of rectal cancer and has been a course instructor for several years at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting. He is also experienced in all aspects of anorectal disease including hemorrhoidal surgery with minimal pain.

Dr. Poggio is committed to excellence in the care of the patient and follows a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of colorectal cancer. He completed his training in colon and rectal surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Poggio holds a master's in tumor biology from the Mayo Clinic and is actively involved in research and education.

Dr. Poggio is board certified in both general surgery and colorectal surgery, and is an active member of numerous medical societies. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and of the American College of Surgeons. He is originally from Argentina and he speaks fluent Spanish.

Affiliated Hospital: Hahnemann University Hospital

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Clinical Services

Anal fissure - series, Anal sphincter anatomy, Anoscopy, HRA (high resolution anoscopy), Anal dysplasia, Anal cancer, Colitis, Colon cancer, Colon cancer - resources, Colon cancer - series, Colon cancer screening, Colon diverticula - series, Colon polyps, Colonoscopy, Colorectal polyps, Colostomy, Colostomy - series, Crohn's disease, Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoid surgery, Hemorrhoid surgery - series, Hemorrhoids, Incontinence - resources, Inflammatory bowel disease, Intestinal obstruction, Intestinal obstruction repair, Intra-abdominal abscess, Ischemic colitis, Laparoscopic surgery - series, Laparoscopy, Large bowel resection, Large bowel resection - series, Proctitis, Rectal cancer, x-ray, Rectal prolapse, Rectal prolapse repair, Rectal prolapse repair - series, Rectum, Robotic surgery, Ulcerative colitis, Minimally invasive surgery


  • Colorectal Surgery - Henry Ford Hospital (2005)
  • Colorectal Surgery - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2006)


  • Surgery - West Virginia University (2001)
  • Surgery - Mercy Catholic Medical Center (2003-2005)


  • Surgery - Mayo Clinic (2000)

Juan Lucas Poggio, MD, joined the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine in October of 2011. He is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery.

Previous Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, NOVA Southeastern University, Florida


Selected Publications
See all Dr. Poggio's publications in PubMed

"An Update on the Current Role of High Resolution Anoscopy in Patients With Anal Dysplasia"
Gudur A, Shanmuganandamurthy D, Szep Z, Poggio JL
Anticancer Res., 39(1):17-23, January 2019

"Racial Disparities and the Effect of County Level Income on the Incidence and Survival of Young Men with Anal Cancer"
Bojko MM, Kucejko RJ, Poggio JL
Health Equity, 2(1):193-198, August 1. 2018

"Condyloma Acuminatum, Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia, 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 Colon Rectum., 60(10):1078-1082, October 2017

"Nursing home status is an independent risk factor for adverse 30-day postoperative outcomes after common, nonemergent inpatient procedures"
Caldararo MD, Stein DE, Poggio JL
Am J Surg.;212(2):202-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.02.020, Aug 2016

"Body mass index predicts operative time in elective colorectal procedures"
Saiganesh H, Stein DE, Poggio JL
J Surg Res.;197(1):45-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.02.067, Jul 2015

"Patient-specific risk factors are predictive for postoperative adverse events in colorectal surgery: an American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-based analysis"
Kohut AY, Liu JJ, Stein DE, Sensenig R, Poggio JL
Am J Surg.;209(2):219-29. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.08.020, Feb 2015

"Unique risks for mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing nonemergent colorectal surgery"
Liu JJ, Kohut AY, Stein DE, Sensenig R, Poggio JL
Am J Surg.;208(1):41-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.08.034, Jul 2014

"Perioperative strategies to prevent surgical-site infection"
Poggio JL
Clin Colon Rectal Surg.;26(3):168-73. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1351133, Review, Sep 2013

"Premalignant Lesions and Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal"
Poggio JL
Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery (2011)

"Current Techniques in Evaluating Fistula-in-Ano and Perianal Sepsis: Endorectal Ultrasound Technique and Comparison in Accuracy With Surgery and Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
Poggio JL
Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery, 21 (4): 215-221 (2010)

"Bariatric Surgery- Surgery for weight control in patients with morbid obesity"
Balsiger BM, Murr MM, Poggio JL, and Sarr MG
Medical Clinics of North America 84(2): 477 (2000)

"Long-term prospective follow-up (>10 years) after vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG)"
Balsiger BM, Kelly KA, Poggio JL, and Sarr MG
Gastroenterology, 118(4): 3897, Part 1 Suppl. 2 (2000)

"Ten and more years after vertical banded gastroplasty as primary operation for morbid obesity"
Balsiger BM, Poggio JL, Mai J, and Sarr MG
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 4(6):598-605 (2000)

"Surgical treatment of adult primary hepatic sarcomas"
Poggio JL, Nagorney D, Young RM, Kay P, Nascimento AG, Rowland C, Jenkins G, Ilstrup D, and Donohue JH
British Journal of Surgery, 87(11): 1500-1505 (2000)

"A comparison of laparoscopic and open cholecystectomy in patients with compensated cirrhosis and symptomatic gallstone disease"
Poggio JL, Nagorney D, Rowland C, Miller LG, and Donohue JH
Surgery, 127(4): 405-411 (2000)

Book Chapters

"Introduction to reoperative pelvic surgery for rectal cancer"
Poggio JL and Wong WD
Reoperative Pelvic Surgery, pp 93-112, New York: Springer (2009)

"Small bowel obstruction"
Sarr MG, Sakofaras GH, Poggio JL, and Dervenis C
Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 5th ed., pp 317-34, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders (2002)