Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A.

  • Physician Lead, Clinical Operations
  • Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgeon

Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A.

Clinical Specialties
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Areas of Expertise
  • Rectal Cancers
  • Colon Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Anorectal Disorders
Research Focus
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A., joined City of Hope in 2014 and serves as the chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He has been named multiple times as one of “America’s Top Doctors” both here and in Boston where he was the chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Boston Medical Center for 15 years.

Dr. Sentovich received his medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles and completed his residency at University of California, Irvine. After a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery, he began his career teaching at Harvard Medical School. He later moved to Boston Medical Center where, in addition to maintaining a very busy clinical practice, he completed a Masters in Business Administration, with honors, from Boston University’s School of Management.

Known for providing the highest quality care for his patients, Dr. Sentovich is a recognized authority on colon and rectal cancer having published dozens of articles and served as associate editor for the medical journal, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.


  • 2018-present, Physician Lead of Clinical Operations, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2014-present, Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 1999-2013, Chief, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Attending Surgeon, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • 1999-2013, Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • 1999-2009, Staff Physician, Quincy Medical Center, Quincy, MA
  • 1999-2009, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • 1994-1999, Attending Surgeon, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • 1994-1999, Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease


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  • 1984 B.S. Biomedical Sciences, High Honors, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • 1987 M.D. University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 M.B.A. Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA Graduated No. 1 in class with full-time clinical responsibilities Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society


  • 1992-1994, Colorectal Surgery Fellow, Creighton University, Omaha, NE


  • 1987-1992, General Surgery Resident, UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • General surgery
Information listed here is obtained from Pubmed, a public database; City of Hope is not responsible for its accuracy.
Liu S, Jakowatz J, Pollack R, Ceraldi C, Yamamoto R, Dett C, Lopez F, Camacho C, Carson W, Sentovich S, Jacques D, Granger G. Effects of intracarotid and intravenous infusion of human TNF and LT on established intracerebral rat gliomas. Lymphokine & Cytokine Research, 1991; 10(3):189-94.
Sentovich SM, Blatchford GJ, Falk PM, Thorson AG, Christensen MA. Transrectal ultrasound of rectal tumors. Am J Surg, 1993; 166:638-42.
Sentovich SM. Conservative management of acute and chronic anal fissure: what are the odds of avoiding surgery? Selected Topics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 1994; 7:127-30.
Sentovich SM, Rivela LJ, Blatchford GJ, Christensen MA, Thorson AG. Patterns of male fecal incontinence. Dis Colon and Rectum, 1995; 38:281-285.
Sentovich SM. Pitfalls and limitations in the use of endorectal ultrasonography. Semin Colon Rectal Surg, 1995; 6:114-122.
Sentovich SM, Rivela LJ, Thorson AG, Christensen MA, Blatchford GJ. Simultaneous dynamic proctography in periteonography for pelvic floor disorders. Dis Colon and Rectum, 1995; 38:912-915.
Sentovich SM, Falk PM, Christensen MA, Thorson AG, Blatchford GJ, Pitsch RM. Operative results of house advancement anoplasty. Br J Surg, 1996; 83:1242-1244.
Breen E, Hayes P, Quinn D, Sentovich S, Bleday R. Incidence and risk factors of early stoma complications. Int J Colorectal Dis 1996; 11:148.
Ternent C, Shashidharan M, Blatchford G, Christensen M, Thorson A, Sentovich SM. Transanal ultrasound and anorectal manometry findings affecting continence after sphincteroplasty. Dis Colon Rectum 1997; 40:462-467.
Bleday R, Breen E, Jessup JM, Burgess A, Sentovich SM, Steele G Jr. Prospective evaluation of local excision for small rectal cancers. Dis Colon Rectum 1997; 40:388-392.
Kruskal JB, Kane RA, Sentovich SM, Longmaid HE. Pitfalls and sources of error in staging rectal cancer with endorectal ultrasound. Radiographics 1997; 17:609-626.
Sentovich SM, Blatchford GJ, Rivela LJ, Thorson AG, Christensen MA. Diagnosing anal sphincter injury with transanal ultrasound and manometry. Dis Colon Rectum 1997; 40:1430-1434.
Ternent CA, Staab P, Thorson AG, Blatchford GJ, Christensen MA, Thompson JS, Lanspa SJ, Meade PG, Cali RA, Falk PM, Sentovich SM, Adrian TE. Ileoanal pouch function and release of peptide YY. Dis Colon Rectum 1998; 41: 868-874.
Sentovich SM, Wong WD, Blatchford GJ. Accuracy and reliability of transanal ultrasound for anal sphincter injury. Dis Colon Rectum 1998; 41: 1000-1004.
Sentovich SM, Kaufman SS, Cali RL, Falk PM, Blatchford GJ, Atonson DL, Thorson AG, Christensen MA. Pudendal nerve function in normal and encopretic children. J Ped Gastro Nutr 1998; 26(1):70-72.



  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Boston Surgical Society
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • New England Surgical Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • 1981, Jessica Jenkins Scholar, UC Riverside
  • 1981, Regents Scholar, UC Riverside
  • 1984, High Honors Graduate, UC Riverside
  • 1984, NIH Short Term Training Grant, UCLA
  • 1992, Premier Award, Omaha Mid-West Clinical Society
  • 1994, New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • 1995, Harry E. Bacon Foundation Award, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC
  • 1998, Chicago Society of Colorectal Surgery Durand Smith, M.D. Award, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
  • 1999, 1998, Best Paper on Pelvic Floor Disorders, American Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002, American College of Gastroenterology Presidential Poster Award
  • 2012, Graduated No. 1 in M.B.A. class
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
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