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.

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