History of San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Dr. Dana P. Launer, the founding member of the practice came to La Jolla in 1979. For many years he was a partner in a very successful and prestigious group practice. He embarked upon his solo practice in 1996 and began to focus primarily on colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Worsey was recruited in 1999 from the Cleveland Clinic where Dr. Launer also trained. The partnership was formalized in 2001 as Advanced Surgical Associates; in 2008 the practice name was changed to San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons to reflect the specialized practice. Sadly, Dr. Launer passed away in 2010.

In 2013 Dr. Beiermeister joined the practice; he and Dr. Worsey are the only fellowship trained colon and rectal surgeons on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The practice specializes in all aspects of colon and rectal surgery, but has a particular expertise and experience in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel surgery and complex re-operative surgery.

The majority of major operations are performed with both surgeons present to ensure an efficient, safe, and effective procedure. We do not employ allied health providers; specialized care is given by the surgeons at all times. We pride ourselves on our excellent surgical outcomes and provision of compassionate state of the art care.