• 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. 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 robotic and 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 robotic surgery and the sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence.

Dr. Forstner was chair of the Cancer Committee until it dissolved and participated in the Medical Executive Board at Banner Thunderbird Hospital from 2008-2017. 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.

Dr. Forstner's March 2019 interview in Summit Medical Group's, Good Health newsletter on "Preventing Colorectal Cancer With Screening Colonoscopies":

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Source: Summit Medical Group / March 2019 e-Newsletter

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

To listen to Dr. Forstner and Dr. Makarawo's radio interview on 105.3FM or 1510AM, please click on the YouTube play button. 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!

Source: Health Futures / Cypress Home Care Solutions

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

Patient Testimonials:

yvonne y. - "I first met Dr. Forstner -Barthell with an unusual problem, pelvic floor dysfunction. It was such a relief to discuss openly my issues and following her instructions improving one area of my problems. She was so sincere and supportive listening to me. Even more, she had empathy for what I live with and was very knowledgeable about this mainly unknown disorder and the devastating effects of this."

Cheryl M. - "She is GREAT!!! told me exactly what to expect - and the first few days after were a bit sore - but OMG - life now is sooooooo much better. I will tell everyone to see Dr. Forstner.......THANK YOU SO MUCH DR.....you and your staff were AWESOME!!!!!!! I will recommend you to Everyone!!!"

K - "I have been a patient of Dr. Forstner for several years now and I must say, she is the best. Dr. Forstner is very kind, and does not make you feel that she is rushing. Dr. Forstner has been providing me with excellent care and I recommend her often."

Janice - "Found out that I had colon cancer on a routine colonoscopy, there is no other surgeon I would want to perform my surgery than Dr Forstner. She is straight forward & truly cared that I was well & had a great outcome to my surgery. I would highly recommend her!!"

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