1.29.23 Health Literacy in Colorectal Surgery with Dr. Daniel Chu

Dr. Daniel I. Chu is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his undergraduate at Yale and medical school at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After residency at Boston University Medical Center, he completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. His clinical practice specializes in the spectrum of colorectal disease including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, and anorectal disorders. His NIH-funded research interests focus on identifying, understanding, and reducing health disparities in surgery with particular attention to health literacy. 

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).