Part 1: Management of Complex Abdominal Crohn’s Disease
Part 2: Surgical Management of Ulcerative Colitis and Re-operative Pouch Surgery
Dr. Feza Remzi, a world-renowned colorectal surgeon, who dedicated his career to the advancement of Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment, education, and research, is forever grateful to have had the privilege to serve countless patients and their families.
The proud husband to esteemed Dermatologist, Dr. Berna Remzi, and father of Merit Remzi, Dr. Remzi emigrated from Turkey, to the United States, in 1989. He settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed his surgical residency, and colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He went on to join that faculty and served in numerous academic and clinical positions within the department of surgery before being named Chair of the Colorectal Surgery Department in 2008.
In 2016, after 26 years at the Cleveland Clinic, NYU Langone Health recruited Dr. Remzi to serve at the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center and professor of surgery at NYU School of Medicine.
An expert in the surgical treatment and management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, Dr. Remzi is one of the few colorectal surgeons in the world who specializes in caring for those experiencing problems with prior pelvic pouch, or J-pouch, procedures. At NYU Langone, he performs pelvic pouch surgery and complex abdominopelvic re-operative surgery, as well as sphincter-saving surgery for rectal cancer, applying minimally invasive techniques to manage colorectal conditions.
Dr. Remzi’s treatment philosophy is to treat every patient the way he would treats his own family. He takes a team approach to care, bringing together specialist from medicine, surgery, and nursing who devote 100 percent of their efforts to giving patients a better chance at life. Many of the people Dr. Remzi treats are experiencing complex problems that impact not only their own quality of life, but also that of their families. Therefore, he includes patients’ family members as part of the treatment team.
As an international thought leader, Dr. Remzi has made numerous contributions to the field of colorectal surgery. A prolific researcher, Dr. Remzi has published hundreds of articles, manuscripts, and book chapters on on the surgical management of IBD, ileal J-pouch surgery, and re-operative abdominopelvic surgery and serves as a reviewer for numerous surgical journals. As an educator, he has trained hundreds of residents, fellows and junior surgeons to ensure future generations of surgeons can provide the highest level of care to patients.
For more than 10 years, the Castle Connolly Top Doctors listed Dr. Remzi as one of the Top American Doctors. Dr. Remzi is an honored member of the American Surgical Association and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who is a member of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. With his many accomplishments, Dr. Remzi’s greatest pride, aside from his son and wife, is seeing his patients living happy, healthy, and full lives.
Dr. Marylise Boutros is a Staff Colorectal Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and was formerly a Jewish General Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Having completed General Surgery residency at McGill University and Colorectal Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, her clinical interests are advanced minimally invasive approaches to benign and malignant colorectal and anorectal diseases. She treats colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, fecal incontinence and all anorectal disorders. Dr. Boutros is the Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency Program at McGill, and also plays an active role in General Surgery resident education at McGill University. Dr. Boutros is a federally (CIHR) and provincially (FRSQ) funded researcher, and currently leads the JGH-McGill Colon & Rectal Surgery Outcomes Research Program. Her research is focused on assessing innovations to improve recovery and functional outcomes after colorectal surgery using multicentre prospective trials, patient-centred interventions and patient-reported outcome measures. Within her research program, Dr. Boutros has mentored over forty trainees and graduate students. Dr. Boutros also has leadership roles in multiple international societies including Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.