Conor Delaney, MD, PhD | Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

One of the major reasons I did medicine was the ability, or opportunity, really, to personally connect with patients. A lot of patients with different types of colon or rectal cancers, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, which are inflammatory conditions of the GI track. Diverticulitis, which is another infection that you can get. I want to learn about them as people, and their families, and the support network they have, because I think unless you understand that, you can’t really care for the patient. And then obviously learn about the stage of condition that they have, so we can decide what the best treatment for that is. Another particular focus has been in an area that we call enhanced recovery after-surgery. So it used to be that patients would be managed very traditionally and have a very slow recovery from surgery, and actually lose a lot of strength, which would delay the recovery. And now we’re finding, with a lot of research, that if we get patients moving more quickly, eating more quickly, off strong pain medicines more quickly, we can help them get better more quickly. And that in, in turn, translates into them getting to a normal quality of life more quickly. I think the clinic is a very special place, I think, and its growth over the last decade or two just shows that it has an almost unique ability to bring a collection of specialists together in one place. And so I think when you combine the specialists here, and the emphasis of the whole organization, and enterprise of putting patients first, it makes it a very unique place to come as a patient.

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