Health Equity/Research Interest
Dr. Michelassi has an abiding interest in educating and training the next cadre of academic surgeons by responding directly to community priorities thus relating to his interest in the Cornell Center for Health Equities mission and goals. A world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon with a strong expertise in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers as well as inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Michelassi has contributed new insight in the surgical treatment of pancreatic and colorectal cancers ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease through research and participation in multiple clinical trials. His experience and expertise in treating Crohn’s disease led him to develop a novel bowel-sparing procedure now known as the ‘Michelassi strictureplasty’ designed to avoid sacrificing large amounts of bowel at the same time of surgery and facilitating quiescence of the acute disease affecting the diseased intestinal loop.
Dr. Michelassi’s professional expertise and experience can help the Center achieve health equity by helping to engage members of the public through various leadership platforms. Dr. Michelassi is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons Board. Within the American College of Surgeons he has served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for General Surgery and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. Within the American Board of Surgery Dr. Michelassi has served as a Director since 2006 as the Chair of the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council and as the first Surgical Oncology Board Chair. A member of more than 50 professional societies and foundations Dr. Michelassi was elected to leadership positions in many of them and has served as president in seven of them: the Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract the Society of Surgical Oncology the Society of Surgical Chairs the Western Surgical Society the Central Surgical Association the Illinois Surgical Society and the New York Surgical Society. Dr. Michelassi is currently Vice President of the US Chapter of the James IV Association of Surgeons Inc.
Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor & Chairman
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