THIS WEEK-> 1.22.23 Anorectal Pearls Part 2 with Dr. Avery Walker

  Dr. Walker is a dual board certified General and Colorectal Surgeon. He has a wide range of experience in robotic, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and open procedures related to the multiple diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  Dr. Walker completed his general surgery residency was at Madigan Army Medical with the US Army and fellowship at The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.  He spent 5 years at William Beaumont Army Medical Center after fellowship serving as the General Surgery Assistant Program Director for 4 of those years.  During his time at William Beaumont, he established multiple civilian partnerships with the local hospitals in El Paso to provide specialized colorectal care to the significantly underserved area of El Paso. He also deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan under wartime circumstances as well as multiple humanitarian missions during his time in the Army.  He recently separated from the Army in July and stayed in El Paso currently practicing in a very busy community based pure colon and rectal surgery practice. 

1.15.23 Bowel Preserving Surgery in Crohn’s with Dr. Stefan Holubar

Dr. Stefan Holubar received his Medical Degree from University of Vermont. After medical school, he completed his residency at North Shore Long Island Jewish. He did Colon & Rectal Surgery fellowship from Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN and completed a 2-year Master of Science degree in Clinical & Translational Science from Mayo Clinic.  He joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and was eventually appointed Chief of the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery.
      Presently within the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Holubar serves as the IBD Surgery Section Chief, the Director of Research, and as the NSQIP Surgeon Champion, and developed the database structure and oversees the Digestive Diseases Surgery Institute Quality Collaborative for Colorectal Surgery across the Cleveland Clinics. On a national level, Dr. Holubar is actively engaged in helping lead the NSQIP IBD Collaborative, serves as Vice-Chair for the ASCRS IBD Committee, Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Professional Education Committee, and is on the Program Committee for the annual scientific meetings for ASCRS, Digestive Diseases Week, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress (CCC).
     He has served as a reviewer for multiple journals, including JAMA Surgery, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, serves as an editorial board member for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and many others. To date, Dr. Holubar has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen book chapters.
     His main clinical and research focus is IBD, with a special interest in all any Med-Surg pouch (IPAA) topics/issues, complex Crohn’s & Colitis, venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in IBD and recently received a grant from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to examine the role of aspirin in VTE prophylaxis. Finally, Dr. Holubar is the PI for the newly funded Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Surgical Cohort and Collaborative, IBD-SIRCQ (Surgical Innovation, Research, & Quality Collaborative).

1.8.23 Stomal Complications – Maryanne Obst

A native of Minnesota, Mary Anne graduated as a nurse
in 1987. She has extensive experience in ICU nursing
and also spent many years as a flight nurse.
Mary Anne’s experience at Regions Hospital includes
staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma
Nurse Clinician, Neurosurgical Nurse Clinician, and
FCCS(Fundamentals of Critical Care Support)
coordinator. Mary Anne helped establish clinical
research efforts for the Department of Surgery and has
coordinated multiple research studies.
Mary Anne and her team have established the Complex
Abdominal Reconstruction Service (CARS) at Regions
Hospital. The CARS team has developed novel and
structured approaches for managing complex
abdominal wounds and enteric fistulae. The CARS team
focuses on the best possible patient outcomes and a
good quality of life on the “journey to surgical repair”.
The CARS team currently services over two hundred
patients with all aspects of patient care; nutrition,
conditioning, surgery and wound care.
Mary Anne speaks nationally and internationally about
the challenges of fistula care and complex wounds. She
is the creator of Fistula Solution products and holds
three patents. She has published articles in Journal of
American College of Surgeons, Wounds, Surgical
Technology International, Clinical Nutrition, Current
Dialogues in Wound Management and The Clinics of
North America: Emergency Nursing.