Virgilio George Featured Provider
Virgilio George
MUSC Health Ashley River Tower Office

(843) 792-8999

25 Courtenay Drive Charleston, SC 29425

Virgilio George

Virgilio V. George, M.D. is a colorectal surgeon in Charleston, S.C. His primary academic and clinical focus is in the field of colorectal surgery including benign and malignant disease. Dr. George is recognized for his excellence in colorectal surgery both nationally and internationally. His clinical interests cover the range of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, colon and rectal cancer, benign anorectal disease with special interest in minimal invasive colon and rectal procedures, and transanal endoscopy microsurgery for rectal tumors.

Dr. George leads the multidisciplinary team at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, which recently earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), recognizing the center’s commitment to providing the best possible care for patients with the disease. Hollings is one of only 22 centers in the country to earn the accreditation and is the first in South Carolina, further highlighting the center as a national leader in treating cancers of the digestive system.

Dr. George is developing successful programs in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. This includes collaborations with the division of gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine for inflammatory bowel disease and with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center to provide specialty surgery services in colorectal surgeries to include robotic surgical techniques.

Not only has Dr. George been a very active and creative surgeon, but his research accomplishments have been many. His research interests include a very strong focus in the area of oncology, with scientific interests including work in the basic sciences, specifically in the areas of signal transduction through the application in translational research in certain cancers, including therapy and pharmacogenetics work that has led to multiple publications in the topic of single-site colectomies demonstrating the safety and benefits to the patient. He has studied and performed the most single-site colectomies in the country. He participates in multiple genetic cancer studies as well as American College of Surgeon Oncology Group (ACOSOG) studies focused on laparoscopic versus open colon resection for cancer patients.

Dr. George trained as a medical doctor in Venezuela where he attended the Universidad Centroccidental "Lisandro Alvarado" School of Medicine. In 2001, Dr. George moved to the United States to complete a residency program in general surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. During that time, he developed a special interest in the treatment of colorectal diseases through surgical intervention and in 2006 he completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery under Dr. James Fleshman at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri.
Primary Specialty


Practice MUSC Health Ashley River Tower
Gender Male
Education Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado School of Medicine
Training Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Certification SC, SC-38790, IN, IN-01061952A, SC-FG0273588, IN-FG027358*, SC-2038790, IN-01061952B, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery-1982, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Surgery-052297, ACLS, ACLS-, BLS, BLS-
Payment Options American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Accepting New Patients
Insurances Accepted Aetna (PPO), Managed Choice, Open Choice and Exclusive Choice), Ambetter from Absolute Total Care (Marketplace) , BCBS Blue Essentials (Marketplace), Blue Choice Blue Option (Exchange Plan), Blue Choice MyChoice (Available as individual commercial product), Blue Cross Blue Shield Preferred Blue (PPC), Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice HealthCare (Group Health Plan), Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal (FEP), Blue Cross Blue Shield Planned Administrators, Blue Cross Blue Shield State Health Plan for South Carolina, Cigna, Coventry, Employers Health Network/SC Business Coalition on Health, First Health, Great West Healthcare (Part of Cigna now), Humana ChoiceCare PPO (Group Health Plan) , Medcost, Tricare, United HealthCare, AllWell by Absolute Total Care, Clover Health , Absolute Total Care (NEIC), Blue Choice Medicaid, First Choice/Select Health (NEIC), Molina Healthcare , WellCare, Absolute Total Care Healthy Connections Prime Dual Medicare/Medicaid Plan , First Choice VIP Care Plus Healthy Connections Prime Dual Medicare/Medicaid Plan, Molina Healthy Connections Prime Dual Medicare/Medicaid Plan
Degrees Medical Doctor
Office Name MUSC Health Ashley River Tower
Languages Spanish, English
Services Virgilio George provides gastroenterology services in Charleston, SC. A Gastroenterologist is a physician of internal medicine who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the digestive system. A gastroenterologist is concerned with the normal function of the digestive system; making sure that it is working properly to dispose of bodily waste.

Please call MUSC Health Ashley River Tower at (843) 792-8999 to schedule an appointment in Charleston, SC or to get more information.
Additional Services Surgeon, Oncologist, Doctor
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