Dr. John Tillou, MD

Robotic Surgery Specialist

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Dr. John Tillou, MD

“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.”


Profile Details


  • Washington Hospital Center, 2017-2018


  • Harvard University-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2012-2017


  • BS, University of Utah, 2008
  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2012

Professional Distinctions

  • Dr. Graham Clark Scholarship

  • Charles & Bernice McKay Scholarship

  • American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery (ASCRS)

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Chesapeake Colorectal Society

  • Medical Society of Virginia

  • Fellow, American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery (ASCRS)

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (ACS)


John Tillou, MD, is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon at Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, PC. He has wanted to be a surgeon since undergoing an operation in high school.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Tillou received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he made the Dean’s List, coached high school baseball, worked in a pathology lab, and volunteered at a free medical clinic. 

During his undergraduate studies, he earned the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Mini-grant and received the Comprehensive Chemistry Award and Undergraduate Research Scholar award.

Dr. Tillou eventually returned home to attend medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he received the Dr. Graham Clark Scholarship and the Charles & Bernice McKay Scholarship.

After graduation, Dr. Tillou completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an additional colorectal surgery fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

While completing his training, Dr. Tillou co-authored several book chapters and papers. He also received the highest score on the annual colorectal training exam.

Dr. Tillou has undergone advanced training in minimally invasive, robotic, and transanal colon and rectal surgery techniques. He has a particular interest in the treatment and management of colon cancer, anal pain, and anal cancer.

In addition, Dr. Tillou holds many professional affiliations, including the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Medical Society of Virginia, and Chesapeake Colorectal Society.

Outside of work, Dr. Tillou enjoys hiking, skiing, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.