Amir Bastawrous
Amir L Bastawrous, MD, MBA

Amir L Bastawrous, MD, MBA

Amir L Bastawrous, MD, MBA
Specialty

Colon/Rectal Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Abdominal Surgery, Anal Cancer, Anal Condyloma, Anal Dysplasia, Anal Pap Smear, Anal Surgery, Anorectal Disease, Anorectal Manometry, Blood Management Techniques, Bloodless Surgery, Cancer Screening, Cancer Surgery, Clinical Research & Educ., Clinical Trials, Colitis Surgery, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Dx, Colon Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Colorectal Conditions, Colorectal Screening, Colorectal Surgery, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery), Diverticulitis, Endoscopic Surgery, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Enterocele, Esophogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), EUS, Evidence-Based Health Care, Familial Colon Cancer, Fecal Incontinence & Constipation, Gastrointestinal, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastroscopy, Genetic Disorders in Oncology, Genital Warts, GI Motility Disorders, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Hemorrhoids, High Resolution Anoscopy, Incontinence, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopy, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Oncologic Surgery, Parasitic Infections, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Polypectomy, Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Rectal Prolapse, Rectocele, Sigmoidoscopy, Surgery, Swedish Cancer Institute, Ulcerative Colitis

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Medicaid/DSHS, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash

Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Additional Information:

Additional Certificates/Degrees

Masters of Business Administration

Interstim for fecal incontinence


Awards

Dr. Bastawrous was recognized in Seattle Metroplitan magazine’s annual Top Doctors and Nurse Practitioners feature. (2011, 2013, 2014)

News Release

Dr. Bastawrous was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2014).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release


Appointments

2012-present Program Chair 2012 Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

2011-present Vice Chairman Swedish Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Committee

2011-present Medical Director Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic

2010-present Medical Director Swedish Colon and Rectal Residency training Program· 2010-present Program Director, Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency

2009-present Colorectal Surgeon, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

2009-present Colorectal Surgeon, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington


Teaching Experience

Program Director, Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, 2010-present

Developing a training curriculum for training fellows in robotic colorectal surgery, 2011-persent

Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2003-2009. Faculty, lecturer and director of live animal lab. US Surgical (now Covidian), Ethicon Endosurgery, Applied Medical.

Innovations

2009, Innovated surgeries for fistula in ano

2009, Performed robotic colon surgery-First in Seattle, highest volume in the State

2010, one of only 3 in the state. only one in Seattle. Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)-an alternative for rectum preservation in early rectal cancers or polyps

2007-present, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, HeartSounds, Inc., A platform start-up medical device company developing unique cardiac monitors. Company achievements include the 2008 NASA Earth-Space Life Science Innovation Award.


Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Association of Academic Surgeons

Chicago Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

University of Chicago Surgical Society

International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Seattle Surgical Society

Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

North Pacific Surgical Association

Pacific Coast Surgical

Philosophy of Care

I believe in a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care in which the patient, health care professionals and support personnel work together for the efficient and optimal care of the patient. In this way each member maximizes their skills. In the end, the patient is better off.

Personal Interests

Colon, Rectal and Anal Cancer Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Surgery, Benign anorectal diseases, Colonoscopy. In my free time, I enjoy bicycling and photography.

Medical School

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency

General Surgery The University of Chicago Hospitals

Fellowship(s)

Colon and Rectal Surgery The Cook County Hospital/Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Additional Information:

Additional Certificates/Degrees

Masters of Business Administration

Interstim for fecal incontinence


Awards

Dr. Bastawrous was recognized in Seattle Metroplitan magazine’s annual Top Doctors and Nurse Practitioners feature. (2011, 2013, 2014)

News Release

Dr. Bastawrous was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2014).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release


Appointments

2012-present Program Chair 2012 Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

2011-present Vice Chairman Swedish Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Committee

2011-present Medical Director Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic

2010-present Medical Director Swedish Colon and Rectal Residency training Program· 2010-present Program Director, Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency

2009-present Colorectal Surgeon, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

2009-present Colorectal Surgeon, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington


Teaching Experience

Program Director, Swedish Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, 2010-present

Developing a training curriculum for training fellows in robotic colorectal surgery, 2011-persent

Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2003-2009. Faculty, lecturer and director of live animal lab. US Surgical (now Covidian), Ethicon Endosurgery, Applied Medical.

Innovations

2009, Innovated surgeries for fistula in ano

2009, Performed robotic colon surgery-First in Seattle, highest volume in the State

2010, one of only 3 in the state. only one in Seattle. Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)-an alternative for rectum preservation in early rectal cancers or polyps

2007-present, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, HeartSounds, Inc., A platform start-up medical device company developing unique cardiac monitors. Company achievements include the 2008 NASA Earth-Space Life Science Innovation Award.


Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Association of Academic Surgeons

Chicago Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

University of Chicago Surgical Society

International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Seattle Surgical Society

Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

North Pacific Surgical Association

Pacific Coast Surgical

 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2009-2010 Swedish Medical Center, initiating and participating in several ongoing clinical projects focused on timing of foley catheter removal, innovation in fistula in ano surgery, radiation proctitis, and energy devices for hemorrhoidectomy.

2000-2009 John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery:
Institutional Primary Investigator, NSABP clinical trials (C08, R04), CALGB 80405, ECOG (5202, 5204). NCI # 37797.
Colon, Rectal and Anal Surgical Clinical Projects including Anal Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, giant condyloma acuminatum, treatment of fistula-in-ano, colonoscopy training.

1994-1997 The University of Chicago, Department of Medicine, Eugene Chang, MD.
Role of heat shock protein 72 in maintaining cellular architecture and function during thermal and oxidant injury
Regulation of intestinal sodium-hydrogen exchange in an animal model of short gut syndrome

PRESENTATIONS
“The Role of Robotics and Other New Surgical Techniques in the Treatment of Colon and Rectal Cancer” West Coast Colorectal Cancer Symposium, Seattle, WA 2011

“A Simple Modification to Ligation of Intersphincteric Fistula Tract procedure for Trans-sphincteric Fistula in ano-Long term follow up.” Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Cle Elum, WA 2011

“Initial Experience with Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) for the Treatment of Rectal Lesions” Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Cle Elum, WA 2011

“Protocol to Remove Foley Catheters on Post Operative Day 1 After Major Colorectal Surgery” Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Cle Elum, WA 2011

“Single Institution Case Series of Colonic Schwannomas” Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Cle Elum, WA 2011

“Modification of Ligation Intersphincteric Fistula Tract for Trans Sphincteric Fistula in Ano”, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Vancouver, BC, 2011

“Modified LIFT procedure for Fistula in Ano”, Video Presentation American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Vancouver, BC, 2011

Fecal Incontinence: You don't have to live with it

Bowel incontinence is a socially disruptive condition. People living with incontinence often plan their daily activities around bowel movements. In some instances, fecal incontinence leads to people being homebound, fearing an accident in public. Fecal incontinence affects nearly 18% of the population. In addition, nearly 50% of people living in nursing homes are affected (ASCRS, 2011).

What Is The Cause of Fecal Incontinence?
There  can be several causes of fecal incontinence. The most common reason is damage to the anal muscle, or nerves with childbirth.

Incontinence is more common in women, but men are also affected. As women age and their tissues begin to weaken, episodes of incontinence can become problematic.

Other causes of fecal incontinence can include...

Robotic Colectomy

I recently appeared in a series of videos where I discuss robotic colectomy. A colectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the large intestine. Colectomy is also referred to as "colon resection." Robotic colectomy is a type of minimally invasive surgery to remove all or part of the large intestine. It is done to treat serious colorectal conditions such as colorectal cancer, diverticulitis and blockages caused by scar tissue. You can learn more about robotic colectomy and its advantages by watching the videos. Click here to see the playlist or watch below:

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Neuromodulation device success for patients with fecal incontinence

The Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic successfully treated its first two patients with Medtronic’s InterStim neuromodulation device for fecal incontinence. Both patients have already been seen in follow up with an amazing and immediate improvement. One patient in particular was previously afraid to leave the house and had daily leakage. She is thrilled with the positive outcome. Since placement of the first-stage device four days ago, she has had no leakage.

The technology involves placing a permanent generator attached to electrical wires, which are positioned near sacral nerves in the lower back. The procedure requires two stages. First the wires are placed and attached to a temporary, external test generator. Once the desired positive effect is confirmed, the permanent generator is placed.

This is a new day for these patients. There are millions of patients who could potentially be helped with this new technology. Up until now ...

Mercer Island Half Marathon and Colon Cancer Prevention

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, the Mercer Island Rotary Club will be hosting the 40th Annual Mercer Island Half Marathon. Children and adults of all ages participate and we anticipate more of the same this year. In addition to the half marathon race around the Island, there will also be a 10K Run, a 5K Run and Walk and a Kids’ Dash. So anyone can participate!

Swedish and the Swedish Cancer Institute are sponsors of this signature event. We are so excited to be part of this event again. One of the main purposes of the day is to raise awareness of colon cancer prevention.

In addition to the various runs and walks, you can still visit, have fun and maybe learn something new. You can also visit the “COLOSSAL COLON”! For the first time you get to walk through the colon and see what the inside looks like! Just don’t get lost in there. Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell!

This year will be particularly special as the 40th anniversary run. In honor of the anniversary, the Mercer Island Rotary Club has collected the “40 Faces of Colon Cancer”. This is a terrific idea. It’s a way to make colon cancer personal and real. Patients of all ages, races and backgrounds have agreed to share their personal stories and cancer experiences. Each story is unique as are the individuals with cancer. What they have in common is a passion to raise awareness of colon cancer and the need to get screened.

Colon cancer is unique among cancers in that nearly all can be prevented with appropriate screening.

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Colon & Rectal / Issaquah
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
3rd Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: 425-313-7075
Fax: 425-313-7175
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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First Hill Campus, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-6600
Fax: 206-386-2452
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