- Associate Professor and Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
- Colorectal Surgery (Clinic)
Baylor Medicine at McNair Campus
7200 Cambridge St, 7th floor
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-4321
- Fellowship at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- St. Louis
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Residency at University of Missouri
- General Surgery
- MD from King Edward Medical College
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Colorectal Surgery
Honors & Awards
- 2020 Top Doctor: Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Houstonia Magazine
- Colorectal Cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Anorectal pathology
Professional StatementDr. Atif Iqbal earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed a surgical internship at Mayo Hospital, Pakistan. He then completed a surgical research fellowship at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by a general surgery residency at the University of Missouri and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He joined the University of Florida (UF) as an assistant professor in 2011 and was promoted to associate professor in 2018.
Dr. Iqbal leads the Colorectal Surgery team, and specializes in surgical procedures for benign and malignant pathology of the colon, rectum and anus. He has a special interest in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures for colon and rectal cancer, including sphincter saving procedures for low rectal cancer. He is a member of the Baylor Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and offers laparoscopic pouch procedures for ulcerative colitis and minimally invasive surgery for Crohn’s disease.
His clinical interests include robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopy, pelvic surgery and surgical treatment of rectal cancer, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery. His research interests focus on health services and outcome-based translational research in colorectal pathology with a focus on rectal cancer outcomes and institution of enhanced recovery programs after surgery. He has over 130 research publications, presentations and posters.
Dr. Iqbal has held various leadership positions in the past including, being the Medical Director for the UF outpatient surgical clinics, Program Director for the UF PA residency program, the cancer liaison physician for the UF Health cancer network, and the lead robotic surgeon for his division.
Dr. Iqbal is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He is recognized nationally as a colorectal cancer expert and is currently serving as an elected surgical expert on the NCI Rectal-Anal Task Force and the Colon task force of the GI steering committee. He is actively involved with the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and NRG Oncology. He has earned honors for his research presentations to the ACS, SAGES and the Commission on Cancer, as well as a medal of achievement in physiology by the Pakistan Physiological Research Organization. He has earned numerous ‘patient nominations’ and awards for the quality of care provided.
In the News:
- Kolarich A, George T, Hughes SJ, Delitto D, Allegra C, Hall W, Tan S, Shaw C, Iqbal A "Rectal cancer patients under 50 years of age lack a survival benefit from NCCN guideline-directed treatment for stage II and III disease." Cancer.
- Delitto D, George TJ Jr, Loftus TJ, Qiu P, Chang GJ, Allegra CJ, Hall WA, Hughes SJ, Tan SA, Shaw CM, Iqbal A "Prognostic Value of Clinical vs Pathologic Stage in Rectal Cancer Patients Receiving Neoadjuvant Therapy." J Natl Cancer Inst.
- Delitto D, Loftus TJ, Iqbal A "Pathologic stage dictates survival after neoadjuvant radiation for rectal cancer." Oncotarget.
- Iqbal A, Khan A, George TJ, Tan S, Qiu P, Yang K, Trevino J, Hughes S "Objective Preoperative Parameters Predict Difficult Pelvic Dissections and Clinical Outcomes." J Surg Res.
- Iqbal A, Sakharuk I, Goldstein L, Tan SA, Qiu P, Li Z, Hughes SJ "Readmission After Elective Ileostomy in Colorectal Surgery Is Predictable." JSLS.
- Iqbal A, George T "Randomized Controlled Trials in Colon and Rectal Cancer." Surgical Oncology Clinic of North America.
- Franke, AJ, Iqbal, A, Nair, RM, Starr, J, Parekh H, George, TJ "Total Neoadjuvant Therapy: A Shifting Paradigm in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Management." Clin Colorectal Cancer.
- Li J, Doty A, Tang Y, Berrie D, Iqbal A, Tan S, Clare-Salzler M, Wallet S, Glover S "Enrichment of IL-17A+ IFN-γ+ and IL-22+ IFN-γ+ T cell subsets is associated with reduction of NKp44+ ILC3s in the terminal ileum of Crohn's disease patients." Clinical and Experimental Immunology.
- Franke AJ, Iqbal A, Nair RM, Starr J, George TJ "Management of Malignant Bowel Obstruction Associated with Gastrointestinal Cancers." Journal of Oncology Practice.
- Iqbal A, Raza A, Huang E, Goldstein L, Tan SA "Cost Effectiveness of a Novel Attempt to Reduce Readmission from Dehydration after Ileostomy Creation." Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
- American College of Surgeons
- American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan
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