Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

Delivering Integrated Care for Children With Colorectal Conditions

Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR)

The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) is leading the way in providing high quality care for children diagnosed with colorectal conditions. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between the number of patients a clinical program sees and high-quality outcomes they can deliver to their patients.

At Nationwide Children’s, every child diagnosed with a colorectal or pelvic condition is handled with an individualized treatment plan. Because of the complexity of many conditions, some children require care throughout their life. Our team is committed to providing optimal outcomes and quality of life from newborns, through potty training, puberty, sexual function and childbearing.


The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction is one of the first centers in the world to formally integrate all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon and rectum in kids, joining the teams for Colorectal Surgery, GastroenterologyGynecology, and Urology. Over the past year, the center performed nearly 1,000 colorectal procedures and patients have reach out to us for help from 50 states and 64 countries from around the world.

Further reinforcing our commitment and expertise in treating pediatric colorectal conditions, Marc Levitt, MD leads the team, with Dr. Richard Wood. Dr. Levitt has performed more than 5,000 pediatric colorectal procedures, which is more surgeries covering the entire spectrum of problems involving the colon and rectum than have been performed by any other full-time practicing pediatric surgeon in the world. Medical Director Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, is Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, director of the Motility Center, and an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric motility issues. Also leading the clinical team is Daniel DaJusta, MD, CCPR Urology Director, and Geri Hewitt, MD, CCPR Gynecological Director.

Our cross-functional team treats all types of functional and surgical colorectal conditions including:

  • Anorectal malformations / imperforate anus
  • Cloacal Malformations
  • Encopresis/idiopathic constipation
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Motility disorders

The team conducts a weekly collaborative conference, for patients with functional problems and reconstructive needs, and creates custom treatment plans for each patient.

Featured Doctors

Marc Levitt

Marc A. Levitt

Marc A. Levitt, MD, is Section Chief of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Richard J. Wood

Richard Wood, MD is a pediatric surgeon serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Bowel Management Bootcamp

Bowel Management Bootcamp

The Bowel Management Bootcamp is a seven-day outpatient program for children dealing with fecal incontinence.

International Reach


In a recent analysis the CCPR provided care to a higher volume of patients than any European program designated as a Colorectal Center of Excellence. By surpassing these standards of care, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the best outcomes to our patients from around the world.

CCPR Internal Impact Map


90 Medical Professionals from 21 Countries Have Visited the CCPR for Training

Medical Inquiries Have Been Received from 53 Countries

Patients Have Traveled for Treatment From 19 Countries including:

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia-Montenegro
  • Uganda
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom

The CCPR team has traveled to 13 countries to train medical professionals including:

  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom

Caring for Children Through All Stages of Life

Because of the complexity of many conditions related to the colon and rectum, some children require care throughout many lifetime milestones. The Nationwide Children's Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction team is committed to providing optimal outcomes and quality of life throughout the child’s life.

Inside the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction


Myah S

Meet our Patients

Meet Myah, from Florida.  At age 11 she’s had 56 surgeries. But nothing has ever stopped Myah from reaching her goals. This year, after previous unsuccessful attempts, she finished her first full 5K race on her own.