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Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS

Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Surgeon-in-Chief
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center


Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, is a world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon with a strong expertise in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and inflammatory bowel disease. He is the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Surgeon-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

A prolific author of more than 150 papers, book chapters and abstracts, Dr. Michelassi has contributed new insight on the surgical treatment of pancreatic and colorectal cancers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease. He has pioneered the development of important new techniques that ensure better outcomes and improved quality of life for patients with digestive diseases. These techniques have resulted in a greater percentage of patients avoiding permanent stomas and maintaining urological and sexual function in the treatment of rectal cancer and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Michelassi's innovative approach has improved the outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer through the development of accurate cancer operations. His experience and expertise in treating Crohn's disease led him to develop a new bowel-sparing procedure known as the side-to-side isoperistaltic strictureplasty, designed to avoid sacrificing large amounts of bowel at the time of surgery. He has edited a book on operative strategies in inflammatory bowel disease and produced ten instructional movies for surgeons on the surgical treatment of complications of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pisa School of Medicine, Italy, in 1975, Dr. Michelassi completed his internship and surgical residency at New York University and his research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, where he became Section Chief of General Surgery in 1994, tenured Professor in 1995, and the Thomas D. Jones Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of the Surgery Department in 2001. He also served as Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship from 1988 through 1995, Chairman of the Surgery Care Center since 1995 and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program since 1997.
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