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David P. Ondrula, MD, FACS, FASCRS

“My patients say I’m a blue-collar kind of guy who happens to be a surgeon. I try to communicate complex medical issues and concepts in a very understandable way. Being available and accessible is a very important part of my practice.”

Background & Philosophy

Dr. Ondrula is dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery. He treats patients with colon cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and benign and malignant anal issues.

One of the first surgeons in the country to perform minimally invasive colon surgery, Dr. Ondrula now teaches and mentors other surgeons. He has performed more than 2,000 minimally invasive and laparoscopic colon resections. Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical system, has selected Dr. Ondrula as one of its robotics surgery experts who teaches advanced techniques to other surgeons. He practices at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, which is one of a select number of mentor sites in the region.

Dr. Ondrula’s expertise in complex colorectal diseases and procedures has earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s top specialists. His patients appreciate his straightforward communication style and his approachability.

Education & Training

Cook County Hospital
Fellow, Colorectal Surgery | 1994-1995

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Research Fellow, Colorectal Surgery | 1990-1991

Metropolitan Group Hospitals
Residency General Surgery | 1988-1994

University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
Medical School | 1988

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors | 1984

Areas of Specialties:

Techniques Used:

Conventional Surgery
Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Hospital Affiliation:

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

David P Ondrula MD, FACS, FASCRS

“My patients say I’m a blue-collar kind of guy who happens to be a surgeon. I try to communicate complex medical issues and concepts in a very understandable way. Being available and accessible is a very important part of my practice. “

Background & Philosophy

Dr. Ondrula is dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery. He treats patients with colon cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and benign and malignant anal issues.

One of the first surgeons in the country to perform minimally invasive colon surgery, Dr. Ondrula now teaches and mentors other surgeons in robotic colon surgery. He has performed more than 2,000 minimally invasive and laparoscopic colon resections.

Dr. Ondrula’s expertise in complex colorectal diseases and procedures has earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s top specialists. His patients appreciate his straightforward communication style and his approachability.

Education & Training

Cook County Hospital
Fellow, Colorectal Surgery | 1994-1995

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Research Fellow, Colorectal Surgery | 1990-1991

Metropolitan Group Hospitals
Residency General Surgery | 1988-1994

University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
Medical School | 1988

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors | 1984

Areas of Specialties:

+ Colorectal Surgery
+ Colonoscopies

Techniques Used:

Conventional Surgery
Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Hospital Affiliation:

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital