Madhulika Varma, MD

Chief of Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Mika Varma, chief of Colorectal Surgery at UCSF Medical Center, specializes in diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Her areas of expertise include colorectal and anal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and pelvic floor disorders. She also is a specialist in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, using minimally invasive techniques to treat many of these diseases. Varma is director of the Center for Pelvic Physiology, which evaluates patients with fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic floor prolapse, rectal cancer and anal fistula. She is co-director of the UCSF Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and a member of the clinical team of the Women's Continence Center and the Women's Health Research Center.

Varma earned a medical degree at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. She completed a residency in general surgery at UCSF and spent a year at the University of Minnesota for specialized training in colon and rectal surgery. She returned to UCSF in 2000 where she completed a fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Research and Epidemiology. Her research interests include the assessment of clinical outcomes for inflammatory bowel diseases and defecation disorders.


Center for Colorectal Surgery
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885-3606
Fax: (415) 885-7678

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Center for Pelvic Physiology
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Urinary Incontinence and Urodynamics Testing: (415) 885-7788
All Other Appointments: (415) 885-7673
Fax: (415) 885-7678

Hours: Office open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Appointment hours vary

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Colon & Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Brown University School of Medicine 1991


UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery 1998


University of Minnesota, Colon and Rectal Surgery 2000