Nasrin Ghalyaie, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-1822
FAX: 
(520) 626-2191
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Ghalyaie specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, with expertise in the surgical management of primary and recurrent cancers of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), diverticular disease and anorectal disorders. Her areas of expertise also include pelvic floor disorders, including sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment fecal incontinence, and in sphincter-preserving surgery. She performs screening and surveillance colonoscopies for high-risk patients and offers advanced minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and transanal excision of rectal tumors and polyps.

Dr. Ghalyaie works in close collaboration with gastrointestinal specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists and interventional radiologists to develop individualized and multidisciplinary management strategies for each patient. Her surgical practice is based primarily at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.

Among volunteer experiences, she participated in a medical mission to Haiti’s Crudem Hospital in 2012, and was a research assistant for sports injuries and rehabilitation with the Iranian National Olympic Committee in 2003.

Her research focuses on colon and rectal cancer, sphincter-preserving surgery and fecal incontinence.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Biology
Member Status: 
Affiliate Member
Research Focus: 

Clinical and research interests include:

  • Cancer of the colon, rectum and anus
  • Medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Screen colonoscopy
  • Diverticulitis
  • Enterocutaneous fistulae
  • Pelvic floor disorders (fecal incontience, rectal prolapse, rectolele)
  • Medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Complex anorectal conditions
  • Anorectal physiology
  • Anorectal ultrasonography
  • Neoadjuvant treatment of rectal cancer
  • Hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Sphincter saving procedures for inflammatory bowel disease and rectal malignancies

Special emphasis on minimally invasive techniques using advanced laporoscopy and transanal excision of rectal polyps and cancers (TEMS).

Professional Information

Board Certifications & Licenses: 
American College of Surgeons Board Certified
American Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons Board Eligible

Academic Information

Fellowship: 
2014, Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University, Detroit
Residency: 
2002, Tehran University, Iran; 2008, Bayor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; 2011, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; 2013, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
Medical School: 
2002, Tehran University of Medical Science, Iran