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Many people ask me, “How on earth did you decide to go into colon and rectal surgery?” After all, it is a surgical specialty which many people find unappealing, even “icky.” But I happen to love what I do! I owe my original interest in the subject to some wonderful professors in Chicago who continue to be my mentors.
Colon and rectal surgery as a specialty involves the best of several different worlds. I treat patients with a wide variety of diseases and conditions every day. I see patients in the hospital and in the office. Some patients have serious, life-threatening conditions such as colorectal cancer or severe diverticulitis. Others have bothersome but easily treated conditions such as itching or hemorrhoids.
My specialty allows me to see this wide range of patients, yet the field is narrow enough that I can truly keep up with new developments, treatments and procedures.