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News from the Division of Colorectal Surgery

Two Cedars-Sinai colorectal surgeons listed among 'Top Doctors'

The past 12 months have been incredibly exciting, with numerous clinical, educational and research achievements in the Division of Colorectal Surgery. From the clinical standpoint, in its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed two surgeons in the division on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors." The listings are published online by U.S. News.

Educationally, this year will mark the 10th year of the Colorectal Surgery Residency at Cedars-Sinai. We are pleased to announce that Karen Zaghiyan, MD, chief resident in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, will be our 11th trainee beginning July 2013. This year also was notable for the third consecutive annual trip to the National University Hospital in Singapore, (shown at right) where Phillip Fleshner, MD, and colorectal resident Daniel Gingold, MD, spent one week performing surgery and teaching other colorectal surgeons.

Research achievements in the Division of Colorectal Surgery for the past year include publication of 15 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as Science, Surgery, American Journal of Surgery and Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. We have two research fellows this year, one of whom is a travelling scientist from Singapore. We are actively enrolling in five prospective studies examining subjects ranging from hemorrhoid disease in pregnant patients to the role of bowel sounds to postoperative ileus prevention.

One of our colorectal research fellows, Karen Zaghiyan, MD, was recognized for outstanding research by being awarded the Paul Rubenstein, MD, Prize for Excellence in Resident Research for her paper "Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Perioperative High-Dose Steroids vs. Low-Dose Steroids in Steroid-Treated Patients Undergoing Major Colorectal Surgery."

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons in San Antonio this past May, we had seven presentations – four podium presentations and three posters. One of the posters, presented by Daniel Gingold, MD, and titled "A Prospective Evaluation of the Ligation of the Intersphincteric Tract (LIFT) Procedure for Anal Fistula in Patients with Crohn's Disease," won the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for best meeting poster.

Finally, the division had three oral presentations at the local chapter meeting of the American College of Surgeons last year and is to have another three at the upcoming meeting in January 2013.

Submitted by the Division of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.