“I find being a surgeon gratifying, as it allows me to help alleviate suffering and to help improve the lives of patients with complex and potentially embarrassing problems.”
Dr. Tillou has always had a passion for solving complex problems. He was inspired to become a surgeon after undergoing an operation in high school and learning the science behind his procedure.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Tillou received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Utah, where he stayed busy coaching high school baseball, working in a pathology lab and volunteering at a free medical clinic. He was a member of the Dean’s List, recipient of the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Mini-grant, and received both the Comprehensive Chemistry Award and Undergraduate Research Scholar in 2008. He returned to his home state of Virginia where he received his Medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2012; there he was the recipient of both the Dr. Graham Clark Scholarship and the Charles & Bernice McKay Scholarship.
Dr. Tillou trained in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. He subsequently completed his Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC. As a fellow, he received the highest score, nationally, on the annual colorectal surgery training exam. While in training he co-authored book chapters and several papers that have been published in a variety of medical journals.
Dr. Tillou has received advanced training in management of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, including minimally invasive, robotic and transanal surgery techniques. His clinical interests include all facets of colorectal surgery with a particular interest in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease and rectal cancer. Dr. Tillou’s professional affiliations include the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Medical Society of Virginia, and Chesapeake Colorectal Society.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, playing guitar and spending time with his young family.