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James Gianfrancisco, MD

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  • Palos Medical Group




  • Colon and Rectal Surgery


  • English


Medical Education

Northwestern University


Cook County Hospital


James Gianfrancisco, MD, is board certified in both colon and rectal surgery and general surgery. He has devoted his nearly 40-year career to the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal complaints and cancers.

Dr. Gianfrancisco received his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

“I am privileged to be a practicing surgeon close to the area that I was raised,” says Dr. Gianfrancisco. “I feel honored to have cared for four generations of some families, including many of my classmates from grade school and from John F. Kennedy High School in Chicago. My patients are like family to me.”

Video Transcript

Doctor talking:
My name is Dr. James Gianfrancisco. I am a colon and rectal surgeon.

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Doctor talking:
I chose colon and rectal surgery because I am able to improve the medical condition of most of my patients. Being in a subspecialty means that you take care of a finite number of diagnoses.

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Perhaps I care for people with 20 different types of conditions.  After several minutes of an interview

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and examination, I usually know the path to the patient's diagnosis. This allows me to perform diagnostic testing and to begin treatment over a very short time frame.

Medical assistant with patient:
I see people who have digestive problems and anorectal conditions.  I perform upper endoscopy and colonoscopy.  I also perform proctologic procedures.  The endoscopic procedures allow me to ascertain the diagnosis of the patients and to treat many of the conditions that I find.

Doctor talking:
The most important piece of advice I could give, is for patients to have screening colonoscopy at the age of 50. Many of the patients that I see have rectal bleeding. This is very worrisome if they are over 50 and have not had a screening colonoscopy. 

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Unfortunately, we are having an epidemic of young people developing colon cancer right now. Rectal bleeding at any age requires urgent medical attention. 

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Patients having anorectal discomfort often assume that their condition is being caused by hemorrhoids.  This is often found to not be the case.  These patients should see me.

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My care starts with my staff and I trying to gather all of the patient’s medical records.  

Doctor talking with patient:
This helps me to find the path to the diagnosis as quickly as possible.  We then try to get the testing performed on an

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expeditious basis, when testing is necessary. I then try to educate

Doctor with patient:
the patient as to the diagnosis and treatment options. I like the patients to be able to choose the path they wish to follow to treat their illness.

Doctor talking:
When it comes to colorectal health, diet, hydration, and exercise are all important. I recommend a diet that is high in soluble fiber.

Palos Medical Group appears on screen:
At Palos Medical Group, the medical and support staff are all very knowledgeable

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 and helpful. It is very pleasant to work in a collegial atmosphere on a daily basis.

Doctor walking down hall:
I consider it a privilege to work in the same area uh that I grew up. It is like being

Doctor talking with patient:
in a small town. I frequently meet people who I’ve known throughout my life. Uh It makes working in medicine

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very satisfying, to be able to help the people that I grew up with.

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