As a colorectal surgeon at NYU Langone, I am an expert in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I perform pelvic pouch surgery and complex abdominopelvic reoperative surgery, as well as sphincter-saving surgery for rectal cancer, applying minimally invasive techniques to manage colorectal conditions. I serve as the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and am one of the few colorectal surgeons in the world who is specialized in caring for people who are experiencing problems with prior pelvic pouch, or J-pouch, procedures. I’ve been humbled and privileged to be able to help my patients for more than 20 years. I treat my patients the way I would treat my own family. I take a team approach to care, so we bring together medical, surgical, and nursing professionals who devote 100 percent of their efforts to giving patients a better chance at life. Many of the people I treat are experiencing complex problems that impact not only their own quality of life, but also that of their families. Therefore, I include patients’ family members as a part of the treatment team. As a national and international expert in colorectal surgery, I have published many articles and book chapters on the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, ileal J-pouch surgery, and reoperative abdominopelvic surgery. I am honored to be a member of the American Surgical Association. I am also humbled to be 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.