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ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Gifty Kwakye

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Gifty Kwakye | ASCRS

Gifty Kwakye, MD MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

Having grown up in Ghana, I have always been impressed by the power and strength of communities. It is here that we draw our identity and learn our core values. Individual victories are celebrated and worn with pride by all members. But it is during times of failure, that you truly see the rallying force of the community as it offers support and engages in the hard process of learning and rebuilding. I became a member of ASCRS because it offers an opportunity to belong to such an extraordinary community.

Why did you specialize in colorectal surgery?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a surgeon; that it was a gift to be able to peer inside of a human body and help restore function by fixing a defined problem. It was this passion that drove me for as long as I can remember, and made each surgical rotation seemingly “the best ever!!!”. However, when it came down to deciding on a specific specialty, I thought hard about both the patient population I wanted to serve and the disease process I wanted to commit my academic career to. Whatever I chose had to be globally relevant and offer skills that were easily utilized both here in the U.S. and in developing countries. 

I chose colorectal surgery because it offers exactly such a diverse skillset to address a very broad array of surgical conditions. For instance, it allows me to operate successfully on colon cancer here in the U.S. via a minimally invasive approach, but also in a little village in a West African country using an open incision. I absolutely love the fact that I am an excellently trained surgeon equipped to meet the increasing demands of our Global village!