This study was setup to investigate the design and performance of a shape memory alloy clip for colonic anastomosis. The thermomechanical properties of the shape memory alloy material were studied and the data were used to derive a nonlinear material model. This enabled the development of computer computer aided design models and finite element analysis of the clip and tissue compression. The maximum strain of the anastomosis clip was within the recoverable range, and it exerted parallel compression of the colonic walls with a uniform pressure distribution. The design of the anastomosis clip was optimized for safe, simple, and effective use in colon surgery.