UCI Health colorectal surgeon Dr. Joseph C. Carmichael

Joseph C. Carmichael, MD


Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Crohn's disease, rectal prolapse, anal fissures, anal fistula, anal pain, colon and rectal polyps, colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids

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  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • English
Medical School
University of Missouri School of Medicine - Columbia
University of California Irvine, Department of SurgeryGeneral Surgery
University of California Irvine, Department of SurgeryGeneral Surgery
Cook County HospitalColon & Rectal Surgery
Professional Positions
  • Professor — Department of Surgery
  • Chief — Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Interim Chief Medical Officer — UCI Health
  • Fellow — American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow — American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Member — Clinical Robotics Surgery Association
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® (Colon and Rectal Surgery), 2013, 2015, 2016
  • William S. Cheney, MD, Surgical Resident Award, 2005
  • Golden Scalpel Resident Award, 2002
  • University of Missouri Medical School Scholarship, 1997-2001
  • Dalton Research Fellowship Award, 1998
  • Haggar Foundation Scholarship, 1993-1997
  • Tulane Founder's Scholarship, 1993-1997
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2017-2022
More Information

Dr. Joseph C. Carmichael is a board-certified UCI Health colorectal surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical approaches to treating diseases of the colon and rectum.

Carmichael started the first robot-assisted rectal surgery program in the state of Missouri and went on to perform the first robot-assisted rectal cancer resection in Orange County after joining UC Irvine Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of recurrent or advanced colon and rectal cancer, complex problems in inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders and anorectal disease.

He is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and participates in numerous national committees.

Carmichael earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery in Chicago at the Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center.

He sees patients at the UCI Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center and UCI Health Surgery Services in Orange, and at UCI Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza in Irvine.

Academic Profile

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Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Anorectal Disease: Outpatient Treatment, a Primary Care Perspective
  • Anorectal Fistula: Current Treatment
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer: Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer: Robotic Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer Update
  • Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: New Surgical Treatments
  • Diverticulitis Update
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Large Bowel Obstruction: Management Options
  • Rectal Cancer: Robotic Surgical Management
  • Rectal Prolapse, Treatment Options

UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 22C
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-717-4463
Fax: 855-813-0240
UCI Health Digestive Disease Center — Irvine
Gottschalk Medical Plaza
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 888-717-4463
Fax: 855-813-0240
UCI Health Surgery Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 3
Building 29
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
Fax: 855-209-8413