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CRSAL History


We're proud of our history and excited about our future.

Founded and incorporated in 1963 by Dr. Howard M. Frykman and Dr. Stanley M. Goldberg as Frykman and Goldberg P.A., Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates Ltd. has grown to integrate private practice with world-renowned teaching and research.

Since its inception, the Corporation through its affiliation with the University of Minnesota, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and more recently, the Minnesota Colon and Rectal Foundation, has funded and participated in the training of over 100 certified colon and rectal surgeons. In the year 2010 we will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of this program -- the oldest of such programs in the United States.

Many of these surgeons have gone on to prominent teaching positions in various departments of surgery all over the world. As many as five residents each year participate in this intense training program. These individuals are general surgeons who are pursuing additional training to gain expertise in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery. As a practice, we are dedicated to a high level of specialty training and encourage interaction between our residents and our patients.

All of the partners are engaged in ongoing research and are widely published in their field. An annual course for surgeons, which attracts hundreds of participants from around the world, is also an integral part of our mission.

As one of the largest practices of certified colon and rectal surgeons in the world, the partners and staff of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates Ltd. are committed to patient care, teaching, and research in conjunction with the outstanding hospitals in the Twin Cities community. 

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