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Dr. Michelassi honored with National Physician of the Year Award



Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors, was awarded the Castle Connolly 2015 National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence on March 23 in New York, NY, at the 10th annual National Physician of the Year Awards, sponsored by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Dr. Michelassi is the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman, department of surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, and surgeon-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York.

Dr. Michelassi (right) receives the award from John J. Connolly, EdD, president and chief executive officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Michelassi is a renowned gastrointestinal surgeon and an expert in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers, as well as inflammatory bowel disease. A prolific author of more than 270 papers, book chapters, and abstracts, Dr. Michelassi has made significant contributions to surgical treatment of pancreatic and colorectal cancers, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. He has pioneered the development of techniques that improve the quality of life for patients with rectal cancer and ulcerative colitis. His experience and expertise in treating Crohn’s disease led him to develop a novel bowel-sparing procedure, now known as the Michelassi strictureplasty, which obviates chronic intestinal obstruction in extensive Crohn’s disease without sacrificing the intestine.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” Dr. Michelassi said. “It is amazing to me that someone could receive an award like this just for doing something that has been such a pleasure to do: taking care of patients in a compassionate, expert, professional way.”

Dr. Michelassi is a clinician, researcher, and teacher who has served as a visiting professor at nearly 50 national and international institutions. He has delivered more than 40 named lectures and keynote addresses. He is associate editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and serves on the editorial board of five prestigious medical journals: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and the World Journal of Surgery. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award, the American Cancer Society Cancer Development Award, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

John B. Mulliken, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School and co-director, Vascular Anomalies Center and director, Cranofacial Centre, Boston Children’s Hospital, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Awards. In addition, Henry Brem, MD, FACS, Harvey Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oncology, and biomedical engineering, and director, department of neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, was recognized for Clinical Excellence.

Find more information regarding the Castle Connolly awards and a list of all 2015 honorees at

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