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Madhulika G. Varma


Chief of Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Madhulika (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 and Crohn's disease, and pelvic floor disorders. She also is a specialist in treating many of these diseases using laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical techniques.

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 Women's Continence Center and Women's Health Clinical Research Center. Varma's research interests include clinical outcomes for inflammatory bowel diseases and defecation disorders.

Varma earned her medical degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 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. In 2000, she returned to UCSF, where she completed a fellowship in clinical outcomes research and epidemiology.

  • Education

    Brown University School of Medicine, 1991

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery, 1998

  • Fellowships

    University of Minnesota, Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2000

  • Board Certifications

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

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Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    147 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 23, 2022
    Very outstanding Dr.
    Mar 16, 2022
    No complaints. Very good compassion consideration and Quality of care.
    Dec 22, 2021
    Very very warm Doctor. So smart and caring.
    Dec 07, 2021
    Again Dr. Varma and staff are top-notch!
    Oct 05, 2021
    This provider outlined a completely different more Invasive surgical procedure than one outpatient and one in-patient colorectal surgeon had already endorsed as their treatment plans.
    Jun 27, 2021
    I received exceptional care and advice. Thank you!
    Jun 08, 2021
    Dr. Varma was outstanding and she examined me that day for the problem I had manually and with the scope
    May 30, 2021
    the best place for care I know off.
    May 25, 2021
    Dr. Varma exhibits very high degree of professionalism. She is a good listener answers all the questions and is caring.
    Mar 23, 2021
    Jury is still out because of the lack of medical records from St. Josephs Providence and Adventist available to the doctor. Without the history I am not sure she could reasonably consider alternatives. She recommended bowel rectum resection stoma and permanent colostomy with scant consideration of alternatives with lesser life style effects. Maybe prudent medical care leaves no other options? I would like to be certain before we ring a bell that cannot be unrung.
    Jan 04, 2021
    office had not secured my recent hospital documents before my visit even though I told nurse at time of scheduling that a recent unexpected surgery was what I wanted to discuss. felt they didn't have what they needed to address my concerns and questions. I emailed some scans for their information during the visit.
    Dec 11, 2020
    Dr Varma is top notch. I appreciate her efficiency and communication style.
    Dec 01, 2020
    I don't know if there are any options for my need. I was informed what we will do and not asked if we could do it. Again it may be the only option.
    Nov 08, 2020
    As a colon specialist Dr. Varma was recommenced to me by my GYN. Dr. Varma recommended surgery for my problem and answered any questions I had. I was very impressed with her.
    Oct 27, 2020
    I am a surgery patient that need long recovery process. I wasn't told about followed up visits after surgery. I wished the provider has followed up process for someone that need long recovery.
    Jul 19, 2020
    I have been to many doctors in this specialty area by far she is the best I have ever been to recommender to everybody
    Jun 29, 2020
    I have total confidence in Dr. Varma. I was treated with respect everything I was concerned about was explained all physicians (not to mention all surgeons!) should be so great.