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ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Vlad V. Simianu, M.D., MPH

Dr-Vlad.jpgVlad V. Simianu, MD MPH

Attending Surgeon, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Medical Director, Colorectal Service Line, Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute
Associate Medical Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Surgical Care Outcome Assessment Program


Where do you practice?
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle WA


Why are you a member of ASCRS?
I’ve been part of ASCRS since I was a resident trying to decide on a specialty. The professional environment in ASCRS was particularly influential in my decision, because it exposed me to a group of surgeons that is totally energized and excited about high-quality patient care, innovation, research, and education. I continue to feel fulfilled, invigorated, and stretched every time I interact with my friends and mentors in the ASCRS community.


Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?
To quote a mentor and friend, “Why would you do anything else?” I really believe that. This is an exciting time to be a colorectal surgeon. We get to have a practice that allows us to care for patients across malignant, inflammatory, and benign conditions. We bring mastery of unique pathology and technically complex procedures to multidisciplinary collaborations. We are privy to high quality research done by our predecessors and get a chance to build on it through local and national partnerships, trials, and innovations. We’re attracting driven young surgeons. The future is bright

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Sami Chadi

Sami A. Chadi, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network  
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

As a colorectal surgeon, I feel I only stand to benefit from ASCRS membership. The annual meetings provide a great venue to keep in touch with colleagues and mentors from around the world. Additionally, I find that participating in the various committees has allowed me to meet new colleagues, initiating collaborations and lifelong friendships. The annual meeting is always filled with great up to date content, and has also been a great venue to meet Twitter #colorectalsurgery friends and fellow-members.

Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?

I always knew one of my main interests in surgery was minimally invasive techniques. I’ve always enjoyed seeing patients recover so quickly from procedures with minimal evidence of any major intervention. In 2012, I attended ASCRS and was hooked - learning about higher definition laparoscopy, robotics and what was then novel transanal techniques really had me seeking to learn more. My main focus in practice similar to many of us is colon and rectal oncology, but being exposed to benign disease as well really provides us with a unique perspective on surgical techniques when operating on hindgut oncology.

What do you want your patients to know about you?

I’m passionate about what I do and I try to treat each patient as if I were treating a family member. It’s extremely difficult to understand the physical and psychological stresses our patients experience throughout their journey. Any time I think I have a grasp of what my patients are experiencing, in good and bad times, I’m exposed to another dimension of their reality that I never expected. At the end of the day, I feel that establishing yourself not only as their healthcare provider, but also as someone they can trust because of a genuine desire to see them do well, will give you an insight into their experience, making you better able to help them and maybe, a better physician overall. 

What advice do you have for future colorectal surgeons?

This specialty is awesome, and it’s only getting better. We’re learning more every day about the diseases we treat, we’re gaining access to better techniques and technology to provide care, and the innovation is endless. The #colorectalsurgery family is ever-growing so make sure you’re hooked into the various groups through social media - you’ll meet colleagues from around the world and make lifelong friendships. I’ve never looked back.

Celebrating Professional Successes in Colorectal Surgery

Congratulations to ASCRS member Gregory D. Kennedy, MD, PhD, on his success as president of the Society of University Surgeons. ASCRS is proud to see one of its members earn such a distinguished honor.

You can support Dr. Kennedy by watching him give his Presidential Address, Finding Purpose in Academic Surgery, February 4 at the SUS 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Orlando, Florida.

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Amanda McClure

Amanda M. McClure, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Associate Division Head-IT Surgery
IHA Colon and Rectal Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

I enjoy the collegiality and camaraderie membership in ASCRS brings. Fellow colorectal surgeons are eager to share knowledge and techniques that ultimately benefit our patients. 

Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?

I specialized in colorectal surgery because I enjoy the variety of cases, the ability to establish relationships with my patients across their lifetimes, and because I am passionate about the benefits that robotic surgery affords our patients. 

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

Fun fact!! I have two sets of identical twin boys under two, so life is crazy busy, but we wouldn’t change it for the world! Family is everything.:)

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Erin King-Mullins

Erin King-Mullins, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Faculty/Research Director Northside Hospital Colon and Rectal Fellowship
Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, Atlanta, GA 

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

Being a member of ASCRS has helped me to stay abreast of the latest in research and standards of care, as well as providing networking opportunities. Being involved has provided me with countless moments of informal mentorship with surgeons from a variety of practice settings. Membership and participation continues to allow me to expand my practice and become a better resource to my patients, fellows, and home institution.

What do you want your patients to know about you?

My patients should know that I see every day as a new opportunity improve my care for them because by caring for them I am additionally caring for those that depend on them.

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

My two favorite television shows of all time are The Golden Girls and Game of Thrones. I can’t even begin to explain this one :)

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