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Diego C. Marines Copado, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialist in minimally invasive surgery for faster recovery

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Dr. Diego Marines

Dr. Diego Marines is the director of the Colorectal Surgery Program at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. He is also the Chairman of the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program for the Houston Methodist Hospital System, which goal is to provide a smooth recovery with a quicker return to daily activities for patients undergoing surgery at 8 hospitals in the Houston area. He holds an active teaching position as Adjunct Assistant Professor with Texas A&M Medical School.

Dr. Marines is a national and international speaker, and has been teaching his minimally invasive techniques to surgeons and residents for the last few years. He likes to give back and mentors medical students pursuing careers in different surgical specialties.

Dr. Marines is a highly skilled and experienced colon and rectal surgeon In Houston. Is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest quality of care and attention, using the latest techniques and technologies to deliver excellent outcomes.

With a focus on patient-centered care and a commitment to staying at the forefront of his field, Dr. Marines Copado has established himself as a leader in colon and rectal surgery in Houston.

Credentials

BOARD CERTIFICATION
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE
  • Medicine | Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas
RESIDENCY
  • General Surgery | Houston Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College
FELLOWSHIP
  • Colorectal Surgery | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
AFFILIATED HOSPITALS
  • Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital*
  • Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Tomball Regional Hospital
  • North Cypress Medical Center
CENTER MEMBERSHIP
  • Houston Methodist Lynda K. & David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders
  • Houston Methodist Dr. Mary and Ron Neal Cancer Center

PRESENTATIONS / PUBLICATIONS

Podium Presentation
  • Marines D., Caplan R. (2012, October). Internal Hernia through Foramen of Winslow precipitated by colonoscopy. American College of Surgeons, Annual Clinical Congress; Chicago, IL.
  • Marines D., Das B. (2014, April). Dermal Flaps for the treatment of complex Transphincteric Anal Fistula. John F. and Carolyn Bookout Symposium. Houston, TX
  • Marines D., Goldberg J, Anderson CB, Mishra N. (2015, February). Trends in Diverticulitis among surgically treated patients. New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
  • Marines D. (2016, January) Robotic and transanal surgery for Rectal Cancer. Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Rodriguez-Gaytan J MS, Marines D. (2018, February) Implementing ERAS for colorectal surgery in a community hospital. South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Houston, TX
  • Marines D. (2018, February) Surgical approach for tumors of the colon in the hepatic flexure. XLIII International Congress of Coloproctology. Merida, Mexico
  • Rodriguez-Gaytan J MS, Marines D. (2018, February) Controversial results of ICG angiography: Making decisions in colorectal surgery. XLIII International Congress of Coloproctology. Merida, Mexico
  • Marines D., Rodriguez-Gaytan J MS (2018, October) Controversial results of ICG angiography: Making decisions in colorectal surgery. American College of Surgeons. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Eli Castillo, MS, Victor Pena, MD, Roberto Secchi del Rio, MS, Diego Marines, MD Robotic assisted right hemicolectomy with complete mesocolic excision: First experience compared to conventional right colectomy Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Quality and Patient Safety Symposium 2022
  • A Hernandez-Moreno, D Aillaud-de Uriarte, D Marines-Copado, V Peña, R Secchi. (March, 2023). Positive Air Leak, What Is Next? Video Presented at: SAGES 2023 Annual Meeting; Montreal, Canada
  • D Aillaud-de Uriarte, A Hernandez-Moreno, D Marines-Copado. (March, 2023). Ureter Identification in Complex Scenarios. Video Presented at: SAGES 2023 Annual Meeting; Montreal, Canada
Poster Presentation
  • Marines, D., Haas, E (2008, October). Functional Anorectal Pain: Evaluation of Treatment with Biofeedback Therapy. Poster presented at: International Pelvic Pain Society Annual Meeting; Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Marines D., Das B. (2014, April). Short-term Single Institution Outcomes from the Synthetic Biodegradable Fistula Plug. John F. and Carolyn Bookout Symposium. Houston, TX.
  • Marines D., Goldberg J, Anderson CB, Mishra N. (2015, February). Trends in Diverticulitis among surgically treated patients. Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
  • A Hernandez-Moreno, V Peña, D Aillaud, D Marines. (2023, February). Unique Composite Tumor in Rectum: Tubulovillous adenoma with Neuroendocrine Component. Poster presented at: North & South Texas Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting; Austin, TX.
  • D Aillaud, A Hernandez-Moreno, D Marines. (2023, February). Should Liver Disease be Considered a Risk Factor for Early Colorectal Screening? Poster presented at: North & South Texas Chapters ACS Joint Annual Meeting; Austin, TX.
  • R Secchi-del Rio, V Pena,E Castillo, D Marines-Copado. (2023, March) Robotic-assisted right hemicolectomy with complete mesocolic excision: First experience compared to conventional robotic right colectomy in a single non academic institution. Poster presented at: SAGES 2023 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Publications
  • Arani, N.; Abrol, R.; Marines Copado, Diego. Synchronous Rectal Adenocarcinoma and Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in an Elderly Woman. The American Journal of Gastroenterology: October 2021 – Vol 116 – Issue – p S862
  • Secchi Del Rio, R; Ortiz de Elguea-Lizarraga, J; Muñoz-Ledo Ceron, P; Castillo, E; Pena, V; Marines Copado, D. Colonic Splenic Flexure Resection with an End-to-End Intra-Corporeal Anastomosis Using a Circular Stapler. Colorectal Disease: 2022

awards and honors

  • The Methodist Hospital. Department of Surgery 2011 Basic Science Award.
  • The Methodist Hospital, Department of Surgery 2010 Intern of the Year
  • South Texas American College of Surgeons Meeting in Austin, TX Surgical Skills Award. 1st place
  • Award for Podium Presentation at New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons February 2015
  • Physician of the Month. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital May 2018
  • Physician of the Month. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital August 2019
  • Houston Methodist Hospital. Culture of Safety Awards. Award for Unparalleled Quality 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a colon and rectal surgeon?

A colon and rectal surgeon is a medical specialist who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. These conditions may include colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, fecal incontinence, and hemorrhoids, among others.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgical approach that uses small incisions and specialized instruments to perform surgery, rather than large incisions. This type of surgery is often associated with less pain, faster recovery, and better cosmetic outcomes compared to traditional open surgery.

What should I expect during my first visit to Dr. Diego Marines?

During your first visit, Dr. Diego Marines will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history, symptoms, and any relevant diagnostic tests. He will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and concerns.

What should I expect during my first visit to Dr. Diego Marines?

During your first visit, Dr. Diego Marines will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history, symptoms, and any relevant diagnostic tests. He will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and concerns.

Does Dr. Diego Marines accept insurance?

Yes, Dr. Diego Marines accepts most major insurance plans. Please contact our office to confirm if we accept your insurance plan.

Can I schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Diego Marines?

Yes, we offer telemedicine appointments for some services. Please contact our office to learn more about our telemedicine options.

What can I do to prepare for my appointment with Dr. Diego Marines?

To prepare for your appointment, please bring your insurance card, a photo ID, and any relevant medical records or test results. You may also want to write down any questions or concerns you have before your appointment. This will help ensure that you get the most out of your visit with Dr. Diego Marines.

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