I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. My goal is to improve patients outcomes following colorectal surgery by modifying and reconstituting the composition of the intestinal microbiome. We have only recently realized the potential for the microbiome to serve as a modifiable therapeutic target. We will be using our lab's human-microbiota-associated (HMA) mouse model that allows stable engraftment of human intestinal microbiota into antibiotic-treated mice. We will humanize mice with the microbiota from patients with different gut microbial compositions and use our established colonic surgery murine model to evaluate the impact of these compositions on post-surgical complications, primarily in the healing of colonic anastomosis. When I am not operating on humans or mice, I am rooting for the LA Kings, Lakers, Dodgers, and my alma mater UVA Cavaliers.
NCBI MyBibliography | Department of Surgery