About the Author
Dr. Hyman received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1984. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York, and his colon and rectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hyman is currently Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Codirector of the Center for Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed original articles or textbook chapters. Dr. Hyman serves on many regional and national committees, and is a member of numerous national organizations and societies. He has been President of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Associate Editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, and Chaired the ACS Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Council for Advisory Council Chairs. He is presently Vice President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Director of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, serves on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Surgery, as Co-Editor of Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and as the Co-chair for the Crohn's and Colitis Surgery Research Alliance. He was also designated as Master Clinician at the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence of the University of Chicago.Phillip R. Fleshner, MD is the Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fleshner is also clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds the Shierley, Jesslyne, and Emmeline Widjaja Chair in Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Fleshner's main clinical and research interests are directed towards optimizing outcomes and techniques in the surgical management of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Fleshner has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed publications, including the Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Gut and the American Journal of Surgery. Dr. Fleshner received his bachelor's degree from McGill University and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and his colorectal surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Boston.Dr. Scott A. Strong is the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery and Chief of GI Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Surgical Director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine. His surgical practice and research focus on patients afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, clinical practice guidelines, and book chapters related to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is also on the editorial board of Annals of Surgery and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Dr. Strong serves on many committees for national organizations including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' IBD Committee and Research Foundation Board of Trustees as well as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Patient Education Committee. He received his BS from Iowa State University and MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine prior to training at Michigan State University - Butterworth Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. He was previously appointed as staff in the Departments of Colorectal Surgery and Pathobiology at Cleveland Clinic.