Young Surgeon Spotlight: Thomas Curran, M.D., M.P.H.

Thomas-Curran.jpgWhere do you practice?
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Why are you a member of ASCRS?
There are myriad quotes attesting to one’s character being reflected by the company they keep.  If that is the case, it is plain to see why I am a member of the ASCRS.  The society membership is a truly impressive group of surgeons who genuinely care about their patients and their colleagues.  The valued friends and mentors that I have met through the society challenge me to be a better surgeon and I hope to pay that forward over the course of my career.  
Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?  
If I had the opportunity to choose a specialty again, I would choose colorectal surgery a hundred times out of a hundred.  My initial attraction to the field were the surgeons themselves!  One after the next, each colorectal surgeon I met was compassionate, technically excellent and had the uncanny ability to make their patients laugh.  Across fascinating benign and malignant pathologies, operations large and small, I have the privilege of offering the same outstanding care to my own patients.  Yet, even over the course of my short career, the nature of that care has changed so much with thoughtful innovation guiding new and better ways to take care of our patients.  It is a very exciting time to be a colorectal surgeon! 
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