About Dr. Savoca

All professionals at Paul E. Savoca, MD, FACS, FASCRS - Virginia Surgery Associates PC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Paul E. Savoca, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Savoca was a music major at Albany State University, receiving a BA, magna cum laude in 1980.  He completed his medical training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he earned his medical degree in 1985.  He completed his general surgical training at Yale University School of Medicine where he was also a Research Fellow in Yale’s Gastrointestinal Surgical Research Group.  Dr. Savoca completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 1992 and passed the examination for Board Certification on the first attempt in 1993.  After spending a year practicing in North Carolina, he spent 19 years in suburban Washington D.C., where he was consistently named a “Top Doctor" by Washingtonian magazine.  While there he served as Associate Professor of Surgery at the Inova Campus of VCU School of Medicine in Fairfax, Va. was active in teaching residents the art of surgery and developed one of the busiest clinical practices in the region. After a brief period as the Director of the Colorectal Surgery Program of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, he returned to Northern Virginia in 2014

A fast-paced, intellectually challenging environment where substantial and positive changes are made in peoples’ lives attracted Dr. Savoca to surgery.  His greatest thrill in practicing surgery is meeting people from all walks of life and seeing how similar they really are. 

Dr. Savoca specializes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery particularly as it applies to the treatment of cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) which causes less postoperative pain and allows patients to enjoy a quicker return to full activity.  As well, he has maintained active interest in pelvic floor problems and benign anorectal conditions.  He holds certifications from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  He is frequently called upon to render expert testimony in legal cases involving colorectal surgery. 

Dr. Savoca continues his interest in classical music.  A classically trained pianist and avid opera fan, he frequently attends classical concerts and serves as accompanist for his four children all of whom are aspiring vocalists.  A second generation American whose grandparents emigrated from southern Italy, Dr. Savoca maintains a strong interest in Italian language and culture, is fluent in the language and enjoys frequent trips to Italy with his family to practice the language. 

EDUCATION
BA, SUNY Albany 
MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SURGICAL RESIDENCY 
Yale University School of Medicine

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP 
 Gastrointestinal Surgical Research Group, Yale University School of Medicine 

COLORECTAL FELLOWSHIP 
University of Minnesota Medical School

 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons
  • Virginia State Medical Society
  • Fairfax County Medical Society
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Suffolk County Medical Society

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