Orange, Calif, Sept. 23, 2011 — UC Irvine’s Michael J. Stamos, MD, has been installed as president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, which sets standards and maintains certifications for surgeons that specialize in colorectal surgery.
“I look forward to fulfilling this responsibility to an organization which has assumed increased importance with the new requirements of maintenance of certification for colorectal surgeons,” said Stamos, who was elected to the board in 2006 as a representative of the American College of Surgeons.
Stamos is chairman of the UC Irvine Department of Surgery. He came to the university in 2002 and established its division of colon and rectal surgery and made important contributions to the growth of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. In addition to serving as president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery for 2011-2012, Stamos is past chair of the board’s Examinations Committee. He has also been listed among the Best Doctors in America each year for the past 14 years.
Stamos has a special interest in colon and rectal cancer, as well as inflammatory bowel disease. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters and has served as the editor of four textbooks, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ textbook of colon and rectal surgery.
An advocate of preventive screening, Stamos is often invited to speak on the subject of colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. In March, he joined a panel of national experts for a CBS Healthwatch webcast during Colorectal Awareness Month. The event reached thousands of online viewers.
“Dr. Stamos is greatly admired by his peers, patients and students,” said Ralph V. Clayman, Dean and Professor of Urology UC Irvine School of Medicine. “UC Irvine is proud to have Dr. Stamos on its faculty because of his commitment to our mission, his excellence as a surgeon and mentor and the active role he plays in improving our services to the community.”
A graduate of Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Stamos completed a general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Stamos was an associate professor of surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and served as chief of colon and rectal surgery at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles and Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties, a network that together establishes common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements. The board is an independent, non-profit organization which was organized in 1934 and incorporated on August 13, 1935.
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