Treatment & Services
- Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Anorectal Fistula Treatment
- Anorectal Surgery
- Clinical Trials
- Ileoanal Pouch
- J Pouch
- Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
- Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
- Rectal Cancer Surgery
- Re-Do Rectal Surgery
- Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
- Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
- Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
- Surgery For Crohn's Disease
- Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
- Crohn's Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Ulcerative Colitis
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Rochester, MN USA
Residency - David Geffen School of Medicine @ UCLA
Los Angeles, CA USA
Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
Undergraduate - Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA USA
- Postdoctoral fellowship in Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University
- Stem cell therapy for Crohn's disease
- Reconstructive pouch surgery
- General Surgery
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
inflammatory bowel disease, stem cell therapy, pouch reconstruction
Awards & Honors
ShermanPrize for Emerging Leader in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Awardedto an emerging leader in inflammatory bowel disease with monetary support forresearch endeavors. 2018.
2018Transform the Practice Award, Translational work cost for “Theintra-arterial delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of luminalCrohn’s disease: safety, efficacy, and its implications for disease discovery.”Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2019-2021.
Centerfor Regenerative Medicine Research Award, “The local deliveryof mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of fistulas related to Crohn’sdisease of the pouch” Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, RochesterMN, 2019-2021.
Centerfor Regenerative Medicine Research Award, “The local deliveryof mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of rectovaginal fistulas related toCrohn’s disease” Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, RochesterMN, 2019-2021.
2018Department of Surgery Small Research Grant, Translational work costfor “MesenchymalStem Cells for Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease: Optimizing the CellularProduct for Future Investigation.”PrimaryInvestigator,Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
2018Research Career Support and Advancement Award, Translationalwork cost for “The intra-arterial delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for thetreatment of luminal Crohn’s disease: safety, efficacy, and its implicationsfor disease discovery.”, Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, RochesterMN, 2018-2020.
AmericanSociety of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Career Development Award, Targeted, intra-arterial delivery ofmesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of luminal Crohn’s disease,Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
Advancethe Practice Research Award, Imaging biomarkers derived from integrated Time-of-flight (TOF)FDG PET/MR Enterography for differentiating predominantly fibrotic frompredominantly inflammatory enteric strictures in patients with Crohn's disease,Co-Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
Center forRegenerative Medicine 2016 Career Development Regenerative Medicine Award, CareerDevelopment Award, Translational work cost for “Angiographic delivery of mesenchymal derivedstem cells for the treatment of severe medically refractory Ulcerative colitis(UC)”, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2016-2018.
California Instituteof Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant, Stem Cell Biology(TG2-01159), 2010-2012.
Training Grant, Molecularand Cellular Immunobiology (5 T32 AI07290), 2010-2011.
2018-present AssociateEditor, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
2017-present AssociateEditor, Colorectal Disease
2017-present AssociateEditor, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2017-present CCFAbstract Review Committee
2017-present CCFChair of Surgical Planning Committee
2017-present ASCRSPractice Guideline Writing Committee
2017-present ASCRSAssociate Chair of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Committee
2015-present Member,European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization
2015-present Member,American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
2015-present Member,Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract
2015-present Member,Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Research & Publications
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