Stefanie J. Schluender, MD

Southwestern Surgery Associates

Specialties

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Special Interests

Anorectal Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Advanced Robotic Surgery

ABOUT DR. SCHLUENDER

Dr. Schluender earned her doctor of medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed general surgery residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Schluender moved to Tucson in 2006 to join Southwestern Surgery Associates.

Dr. Schluender is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is board certified in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Schluender has been performing advanced laparoscopic surgery including single incision laparoscopic surgery since finishing fellowship in 2006. Since 2015 her practice has focused on robotic colon and rectal surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is used for the surgical treatment of colon and rectal carcinoma, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease and other benign colon and rectal conditions. This includes sphincter sparing surgery and TAMIS (transanal minimally invasive surgery) for rectal lesions.

Dr. Schluender also performs anorectal surgery, including surgery for rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, anal fissures and fistulas, anal cancer, pilonidal disease and benign anorectal conditions.

Participating with most major health plans Dr. Schluender is accepting new patients. She is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, and Camp Lowell Surgery Center.

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ACCEPTED INSURANCES
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage
  • BCBS Neighborhood
  • Care1st/ ONECare
  • Care More
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Health Net Tricare
  • Health Net Ambetter
  • Humana
  • Humana Medicare “Humana Gold”
  • Mercy Care Plan/ Mercy Care Advantage (Medicare)
  • University Family Care (UFC)/ UFC Advantage (Medicare)
  • United Health Care (UHC)/ Pacificare
  • UHC Military & Veterans (Tricare)
  • UHC Community Care (APIPA)/ APIPA Medicare

* pending credentialing / contracting

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TESTIMONIALS

A Wonderful Doctor

★★★★★
5 5 1
I cannot say enough superlatives about Dr. Schluender. If you are in need of a colon/rectal surgeon do not hesitate to make an appointment with the best. She always made me feel at ease through my scary situation and you can tell that she really cares.

Outstanding Surgical Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Recently underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic right colonectomy removing twelve inches of large colon plus appendix. Following the enhanced surgical recovery program aggressively, I walked down the hall two hours after surgery and walked out of the hospital two days post operation. Scars (five) were able to be covered by band aids. Anesthesia went well and effects of pain medication were minimal due to NOT using opiates. Well organized pre- and post-op instructions, specific medications and nutrition, and excellent nursing care contributed to rapid recovery.

I trust her judgement 100%.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I was highly impressed with Dr Schluender. In my case I am in need of JPouch surgery. She is very confident but also very honest. Because of a prior surgery and how complicated my case is she said she would do it but she wants me close to my transplant team. Again she was confident that she could do it but not having that specific team here in Tucson she wants me to meet a specialist. You do not find doctors this honest and confident very often.

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