• Dr. Daniel Chu joined the UAB Department of Surgery in July 2014 as an assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Chu completed his undergraduate studies at Yale in 2002 and obtained his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 2013, which included a two-year research fellowship. Dr. Chu then completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2014. Dr. Chu is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. In addition to his clinical interests in colorectal diseases, Dr. Chu is a dedicated researcher and educator. He is the associate director for the medical student clerkship in surgery at UAB and serves on national committees, including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Invited commentary on “Delving deeper into disparity: The impact of health literacy on the surgical care of breast cancer patients” 2020
    2020 Understanding the Surgical Experience for African-Americans and Caucasians With Enhanced RecoveryJournal of Surgical Research.  250:12-22. 2020
    2020 Implementation of virtual focus groups for qualitative data collection in a global pandemic 2020
    2020 Racial disparities exist in surgical outcomes for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 2020
    2018 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and Surgical DisparitiesSurgical Clinics of North America.  98:1223-1232. 2018
    2018 Planning post-discharge destination for gastrointestinal surgery patients: Room for improvement? 2018
    2018 Burnout is Associated With Emotional Intelligence but not Traditional Job Performance Measurements in Surgical Residents 2018
    2018 Achieving health equity in surgery through enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS): The elimination of racial disparities in post-operative length-of-stay is sustained long-termClinical nutrition ESPEN.  25:178-179. 2018
    2018 Racial Disparities After Stoma Construction Exist in Time to Closure After 1 Year but Not in Overall Stoma Reversal RatesJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  22:250-258. 2018
    2018 The obese colorectal surgery patient: Surgical site infection and outcomesDiseases of the Colon and Rectum.  61:938-945. 2018
    2017 Rates of hospitalization among African American and Caucasian American patients with Crohn's disease seen at a tertiary care centerGastroenterology Report.  5:288-292. 2017
    2017 Reduced disparities and improved surgical outcomes for Asian Americans with colorectal cancerJournal of Surgical Research.  218:23-28. 2017
    2017 The Association for Academic Surgeons 2001-2010: a decade of inclusivenessJournal of Surgical Research.  217:16-19. 2017
    2017 Racial disparities in length-of-stay persist even with no postoperative complicationsJournal of Surgical Research.  214:14-22. 2017
    2017 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Eliminates Racial Disparities in Postoperative Length of Stay After Colorectal SurgeryAnnals of Surgery2017
    2017 Venous thromboembolic events: How low can you go? 2017
    2017 Emotional intelligence in surgery is associated with resident job satisfactionJournal of Surgical Research.  209:178-183. 2017
    2017 Hydrodynamics of defecationSoft Matter.  13:4960-4970. 2017
    2016 Local repair of stoma prolapse: Case report of an in vivo application of linear stapler devices 2016
    2016 Familial Colorectal Cancer: Understanding the Alphabet SoupClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery.  29:185-195. 2016
    2016 Readmission rates after lower extremity bypass vary significantly by surgical indicationJournal of Vascular Surgery.  64:458-464. 2016
    2016 Racial Disparities in Readmissions for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) After Colorectal SurgeryJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  20:985-993. 2016
    2015 Strategy for the difficult-to-reach ileal pouch-anal anastomosis: technical steps of an in vivo application of a mesenteric-lengthening techniqueTechniques in Coloproctology.  19:705-709. 2015
    2015 Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) After Stoma Reversal (SR): Risk Factors, Implications, and Protective StrategiesJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  19:327-334. 2015
    2015 Imaging for Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseSurgical Clinics of North America.  95:1143-1158. 2015
    2015 Oral antibiotic bowel preparation significantly reduces surgical site infection rates and readmission rates in elective colorectal surgeryAnnals of Surgery.  261:1034-1040. 2015
    2013 Early Versus Late Adhesiolysis for Adhesive-Related Intestinal Obstruction: A Nationwide Analysis of Inpatient OutcomesJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  17:288-297. 2013
    2012 A Sprayable Hyaluronate/Carboxymethylcellulose Adhesion Barrier Exhibits Regional Adhesion Reduction Efficacy and Does Not Impair Intestinal HealingJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  16:325-333. 2012
    2011 N-acetyl-L-cysteine decreases intra-abdominal adhesion formation through the upregulation of peritoneal fibrinolytic activity and antioxidant defensesSurgery.  149:801-812. 2011
    2011 A "solution" to the application of an effective physical barrier for the prevention of intra-abdominal adhesionsJournal of Surgical Research.  167:33-36. 2011
    2011 Preoperative Infliximab is not Associated with an Increased Risk of Short-Term Postoperative Complications After Restorative Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch-Anal AnastomosisJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  15:397-403. 2011


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    2017 The perioperative surgical home: The new frontier.  785-797. 2017

    Research Overview

  • Surgical disparities, quality improvement, recovery pathways, human gastrointestinal microbiome, emotional intelligence.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University 2006
  • Boston University Medical Center, Internship 2007
  • Boston University Medical Center, Residency 2013
  • Mayo Clinic, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014
  • Full Name

  • Daniel Chu