Meet Dr. David Longcope, Colorectal Surgeon, Rose Medical Center

(light instrumental music) – Hi, my name is Dr. David Longcope. I’m a colorectal surgeon
here at Rose Medical Center. I finished my training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and I specialize in diseases
such as rectal cancer, colon cancer, diverticulitis,
inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s
and ulcerative colitis. I really enjoy what I do. I realize some of my
patients are pretty sick and really are having a
hard time with this disease. And it’s really important for me to get them through these hard times. Even though I treat this, I treat patients like this
every day, week in and week out, and I’ve seen thousands of patients. For that particular patient in my office, it’s very important,
it’s a big deal to them, and they’ve never been through it before. I understand that and I
really want to help them through this time whether
or not they need surgery to get them through it. But it’s important for
me that they understand what’s going on and why
we’re doing what we’re doing. And that’s the passion that
gets me through this job and really gets me coming back every day, is really seeing the smile on their face when we take care of something that they’ve really been scared about and had a hard time dealing with. Not just them and their family, but comforting them at
this difficult time, and always making sure
I’m available to them. Checking on them closely
while they’re in the hospital, following up with them, and making sure they realize
that there’s an end in sight. And we can treat this
and get them through it.

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