John R. T. 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 is also the Director of the Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE) as well as Vice-Chairman for Health Services Research.
Professor Monson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, most recently 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.
Professor Monson, whose areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, also has been involved in basic research into a broad range of cancer-related areas. They include such diverse topics as evaluating the activity and effectiveness of antibodies in fighting cancer, and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care. Dr. Monson led the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom since 1990 and Chaired the U.K.'s National Training Programme. A lecturer and award-winning author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and several 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 was President of MIRCS (Multidisciplinary International Rectal Cancer Society), is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and of all Four Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the British Isles. He is a Section Editor for Diseases Of Colon and Rectum and serves on multiple editorial boards. He is an Honorary Fellow of the ASGBI and the Society of University Surgeons.