Brian Lim Bello, MD| Colon And Rectal Surgery | MedStar Health

Brian Lim Bello, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (567 reviews)

Specialties: Colon And Rectal Surgery

Languages: English


About me

Brian Bello, MD is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon with the MedStar Colorectal Surgery Program and program director of MedStar Health's fellowship in colon and rectal surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a graduate degree from Georgetown University. He finished medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia where he was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Bello completed a residency in general surgery and fellowships in both minimally invasive surgery and colon and rectal surgery at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Bello specializes in the treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, complex anorectal disorders, diverticulitis, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, pelvic floor disorders, colonoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, and general surgery. Dr. Bello has advanced training in performing state-of-the-art minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery for major colon and rectal surgery. He has a special interest in researching enhanced recovery protocols and outcomes after surgery.

Dr. Bello has presented at national meetings and written multiple book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Repair Of Rectal Prolapse
  • Repair Of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Repair Of Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Surgical Treatment Of Crohn's Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Ulcerative Colitis
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Condyloma
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Polyp
  • Anorectal Abnormalities
  • Appendiceal Carcinoid
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor Of Rectum
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor Of Small Bowel
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Colon
  • Bile Duct Mass
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Disorders
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Enterovesical Fistula
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Foreign Body (ANUS-RECTUM)
  • Foreign Body (COLON-INTESTINE)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ileitis
  • Ileo Colonic Fistula
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Colon
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Rectum
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Proctitis
  • Pseudopolyposis Of Colon
  • Radiation Proctitis
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Hemorrhage
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Severe Dysplasia Of Rectum
  • Sigmoid Vesical Fistula
  • Turcot Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • Anal Cerclage
  • Anal Dilation
  • Anal Fissure Fistulectomy
  • Anal Fistula Repair
  • Anal Incontinence Surgery
  • Anal Sphincterotomy
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anorectal Myectomy
  • Bowel Resection
  • Cancer Risk Reduction Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Colostomy
  • Colostomy Revision
  • Delorme Procedure
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Excision Of External Hemorrhoidal Tags And Papillae
  • Fissurectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hemorrhoidopexy Stapling
  • Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis Surgery
  • Ileostomy
  • Laparoscopic Anterior Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Prolapse Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Low Anterior Resection
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Non Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Ostomy
  • Ostomy Care
  • Partial Colectomy
  • Proctectomy
  • Proctocolectomy
  • Proctoplasty For Stenosis
  • Prolapse Colostomy
  • Refashioning Of Colostomy
  • Removal Anal Seton Marker
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Repair Of Rectal Prolapse
  • Repair Of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Repair Of Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Robotic Proctectomy
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation For Incontinence
  • Seton Placement
  • Sigmoidectomy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincteroplasty
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stapled Transanal Rectal Resection
  • Subtotal Colectomy
  • Surgical Treatment Of Crohn's Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Ulcerative Colitis
  • Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization Doppler Ligation
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Transrectal Drainage Of Pelvic Abscess
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18109 Prince Philip Drive
Suite B100
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 202-877-8483

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20036


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106 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 2100
Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Cigna EPO
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Beech Street PPO
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Kaiser Select
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • United Golden Rule
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Virginia Premier
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Tricare East Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Tricare for Life East
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • United Choice
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • United Choice Plus
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Tricare East Prime
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • United Navigate
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HMO
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select



Board Certification: American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) (2013)

Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) (2010)

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Anesthesiology (2006)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Feb 15, 2024

    Dr Brian Bello is the BEST

  • Feb 14, 2024

    Dr Bello was terrific and thorough

  • Jan 31, 2024

    Dr. Bello was excellent: he was very clear and direct, while also being empathetic and understanding. He inspired a lot of confidence.