Where do you practice?
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stanford Hospital, Stanford California
Stanford ValleyCare Hospital, Pleasanton, California
Why are you a member of ASCRS?
ASCRS gives me a sense of community with other colorectal surgeons. I enjoy the opportunities to collaborate with others, to share ideas and insights, and to learn from everyone else. ASCRS is the best way to stay up to date on the next most exciting and interesting thing in colorectal surgery. With the meetings, research initiatives and educational opportunities, ASCRS gives me a sense of family and the tools to ensure I am providing the most current and sound care to my patients. I love being a part of a group that is as excited about colorectal surgery as I am.
Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?
When I started general surgery residency, I was not sure what future career path I would choose. I had the fortune to learn from some great colorectal surgeons (Dr. Michael Stamos, Dr. Alessio Pigazzi, Dr. Joseph Carmichael and Dr. Steve Mills), and I was inspired by their compassion, dedication, skill, and leadership. What is most exciting about colorectal surgery to me is the ability to have an impact on both the well being and the quality of life of a patient. Colorectal surgery is a field that is constantly innovating and improving. I can not imagine doing anything else.