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ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Karen N. Zaghiyan

Karen N. Zaghiyan, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

It prides me to be a member of ASCRS. Our field, as a whole, is passionate to the core about improving the care of patients with colorectal diseases. I admired this about my mentors as a trainee before embarking on this career path and have since come to find that this selfless commitment to bettering our field is innate among ASCRS members. The Society provides a means to contribute through idea-sharing, collaboration, learning, teaching, and mentorship.
What do you want your patients to know about you?

I will treat you as I would my own family. I am honored that you have chosen me as your surgeon. From the moment that our doctor-patient relationship is established, I will I take ownership in every aspect of your care to make sure that I lead you down a path to achieve the best possible outcome. Sometimes this means I will ask you to make some tough decisions about your health. Sometimes I must tell you the hard truth that nobody else wants to tell. I will always treat you like I would want to be treated if the tables were turned, and I was standing in your shoes.

ASCRS 2020 Coronavirus Update

March 16, 2020 - Society leadership and staff are following the rapidly evolving developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of the date of this statement, our 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting set for June 6-10 in Boston, MA is still on as scheduled.
The health and safety of our ASCRS community is our top priority. As you are likely aware, as of yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cancellation or postponement of all events throughout the United States consisting of 50 people or more scheduled for the next eight (8) weeks. Nonetheless, the situation for societies with June meetings is not yet clear. We continue to closely monitor the information and direction issued by the World Health Organization, the CDC, and other federal, state, and local governmental agencies in handling this crisis and addressing the potential health risks to our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and staff.
We encourage you to check back here for updates. We are developing a set of frequently asked questions to assist you. As surgeons and caregivers, we understand the instability of the current situation. Information is changing constantly, complicating decision-making. We will continue to share information as we know more.

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Lawrence Lee

Lawrence Lee, MD PhD FRCSC FACS
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

ASCRS provides its members with educational and research resources, and most importantly, community! Colorectal surgery is a tight-knit community and ASCRS is what brings us together to share ideas, run cases, and help each other.

Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?

CRS offers the opportunity to have either a wide breadth of practice in ambulatory care, endoscopy, and surgery. The wide range of pathologies and the ability to make a real difference in patients’ wellbeing by treating ‘simple’ anorectal pathologies to reoperative pelvic exenterations is highly fulfilling.

What advice do you have for future colorectal surgeons?

Patients trust their doctors, and it is important to make sure that you are worthy of their trust. Never get too comfortable with what you’re doing, the practice of surgery is humbling, and there’s always something to learn.

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Anuradha R. Bhama

Anuradha R. Bhama, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Rush University Medical Center

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

I love that all the work we do for ASCRS has the possibility to impact patients on a daily basis. Through activities like education through the Young Surgeons Committee and writing Clinical Practice Guidelines, all the work done with ASCRS has the potential to improve patient care.

Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?

I enjoy complex and challenging disease processes. Frequently patients present with complicated clinical scenarios; improving quality of life through careful surgical planning and operative intervention is extremely gratifying. 

What do you want your patients to know about you?

I strive to provide my patients with exceptional individualized care - the type of care that I would want for my own family. 

What advice do you have for future colorectal surgeons?

Having supportive mentors is life- and career-changing. I have been fortunate to have had excellent mentors who help guide me clinically, academically, and personally.  

Tell us something about yourself that we might not otherwise know.

I have a 5-year-old goldendoodle named Murphy who loves to watch college football. GO BLUE!

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