• Specializing in minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of colon and rectal conditions. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo
  • Experienced, highly trained, and dedicated staff. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo
  • We work closely with your primary care physician to provide comprehensive care. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo
  • Board certified, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo
  • Dedication to compassionate, respectful patient care. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo
  • Conveniently located in Glendale with a satellite office in Phoenix. Images of Dr. Adrienne Forstner and Dr. Makarawo

Adrienne Forstner-Barthell, MD, FACS, FASCRSBoard Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon

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Dr. Forstner is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, who founded a thriving female colon and rectal practice after returning to the Valley in 2006. She received training at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale after attending medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and received her specialized surgical training with the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando. She specializes in the treatment of colon and rectal and anal cancer, in particular the laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical approaches to this disease. She helped to bring to the valley a revolutionary minimally invasive approach to rectal cancer resection, called Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery. She performs screening colonoscopies and treats all forms of benign colon and anorectal disease - including anal pain, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, fissure, fistulas, fecal incontinence, rectocele, rectal prolapse and constipation. She continues to pursue cutting edge approaches to issues such as Solesta and the sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence.

Dr. Forstner is chair of the Cancer Committee and participates in the Medical Executive Board at Banner Thunderbird Hospital. She is an adjunct professor for AT Still University and trains PA students for this school and for Midwestern. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Forstner is also a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. She is on staff at hospitals in Phoenix, Glendale, and Sun City/Peoria. She spends what free time she has working on "Por Ellos," her Nicaraguan charity, and traveling, singing and hiking with her husband.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Radio Interview with Dr. Forstner & Dr. Makarawo On Health Futures:

Image of Dr. Forstner and Dr. Makarawo being interviewed for Colon Cancer Awareness month on Health Futures

If you were not able to listen to Dr. Forstner and Dr. Makarawo's radio interview on 105.3FM or 1510AM, then please click on this link. In this radio interview they discuss colon cancer, colonoscopies and prevention, polyps, da Vinci assisted surgery and many more colon cancer related topics on the "Health Futures" show! The "Health Futures" show is hosted by Bob Roth and with March being Colon Cancer Awareness month; Bob invited both Dr. Forstner and Dr. Makarawo on to his show to help his audience become more educated and aware of how preventable colon cancer is. This is definitely not a show you want to miss!

Awards & Honors

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Vitals Top 10 Doctors of 2014
Vitals 10 Years of Service Recognition

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Patient's Choice 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Most Compassionate 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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America's Top Surgeons Award from Consumer's Research Council of America 2011, 2013, 2014

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Phoenix Magazine 2010 Best Physician
Chosen By Peers

Top Doc Award 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Worldwide Registry article discussing Dr. Forstner's achievements in Colon and Rectal Surgery: Read Article