Matthew C. Bobel, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Dr. Bobel is originally from Minnesota and a lover of the outdoors. After completing his surgical training across the Midwest, he jumped at the opportunity to start his colorectal surgery practice in Salt Lake City.

He has a particular interest in minimally invasive operations, specifically robot-assisted surgery. He completed over 100 robotic colorectal surgeries during his fellowship year and looks forward to increasing access to minimally invasive surgery for patients throughout Utah and surrounding states. He was trained to perform natural orifice extraction—removing the diseased colon through the vagina or rectum—to minimize the size of incisions, thereby reducing the risk of post-operative hernias, decreasing post-operative pain, and speeding up the return to normal activities.

Dr. Bobel has a passion for education. He was a first-grade teacher before returning to medical school. He loves educating patients about their disease process and options for treatment and is interested in leveraging social media for patient education and professional outreach.

He loves spending time with his family, hiking, skiing, and camping. As a recent transplant to Utah, he looks forward to exploring all the nearby natural wonders with his family. Dr. Bobel loves gardening, cooking, baking, cycling, and traveling for food.

Care Philosophy:

Dr. Bobel understands that surgery is a journey. He partners with his patients and their care team(s) from pre-operative preparation through post-operative recovery to ensure the best possible outcome. He aims to optimize each patient’s health before surgery, so they are ready to undergo the stresses during and after surgery. This includes increasing physical activity, diet modification to decrease inflammation around the time of surgery and minimizing post-operative pain through a multi-modal pain control strategy to limit or eliminate the need for narcotics.

Services Provided:

  • Management and treatment of the full spectrum of colon, rectal, and anal diseases
  • Colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colonoscopy for cancer screening
  • All aspects of proctology including hemorrhoids, pilonidal disease, anal fissure, anal fistula, anal pain, anal itching, anal warts, anal HPV and dysplasia, rectovaginal fistula, rectal prolapse, and fecal incontinence
  • Open, laparoscopic, and robotic colorectal surgery
  • Screening and diagnostic colonoscopy
  • Complete range of treatments for managing anorectal problems from diet and lifestyle modification to painless, nonsurgical options in the office to short, same-day procedures at a surgery center
  • Trans-anal and minimally invasive/robot-assisted trans-abdominal procedures to repair rectal prolapse
  • Specialized surgical options for fecal incontinence, including sacral nerve stimulator implantation
  • In-office diagnostic and surveillance procedures for anal HPV, including high-resolution anoscopy (HRA)

Volunteer Work:

  • Education Committee, Resident and Associate Society – American of College Surgeons (RAS-ACS)
  • Committee on Ethics, American College of Surgeons
  • Advisor, Colorectal Surgery Virtual Education Series
  • Reviewer, Diseases in Colon and Rectum
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Surgery



University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI - 2015
University of Minnesota; Twin Cities; MI - 2022
American College of Surgeons - McLean Center Surgical Ethics; University of Chicago; Chicago, IL - 2020
Trinity Health; Ann Arbor, MI 2023
Board Certified
General Surgery