Amir L Bastawrous, MD, MBA

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Accepting New Patients
751 NE Blakely Drive
3rd Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
1101 Madison St.
First Hill Campus, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104

General Information

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.
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: General Surgery The University of Chicago Hospitals
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery The Cook County Hospital/Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago
  • English
  • Arabic
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.




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

“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


Digestive Health Network Nurse Navigator receives 2015 DAISY Award

February 27, 2015

We could not be more fortunate than to have Deb Cadiente, RN, as our Nurse Navigator. Not only does she bring 40 years of nursing to our Digestive Health Network, she is truly one of the most extraordinary caring people my staff has ever worked with.

There are many patient testimonials I could provide about Deb's work, but there is one that stands out. We recently had a young adult patient in our Colon & Rectal Clinic. He had many chronic illnesses due to a rough family life and being homeless. Deb could tell this patient was cold and malnourished. She asked the patient to come back the next day and she would have a warm blanket and several other items for him. That afternoon, Deb made several phone calls to find him shelter and get him enrolled in a job-training program. With Deb’s own generosity and hard work, she was able to rally many of the Colon & Rectal Clinic staff to help this young man. He went home with shelter, a blan...

Rising Colorectal Cancer Rates in Young Adults

November 21, 2014

Most people know that colorectal screening is on the “to do” list when they reach 50 years of age, barring any high risk concern for where screening would begin earlier.  Screening saves lives and prevents many colon cancers.  With the increase in public awareness and availability of colonoscopy screening, the rates of colon and rectal cancers have been declining and survival rates increasing for people between the ages of 50 and 74. This is great news for our mature population, but a recent study indicates a concerning trend of increased risk of colorectal cancer in young people, ranging from ages 20 to 34 and 35-49 year olds. 

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

April 12, 2013

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...

Nothing to Sneeze At: Allergy prevention and management for the whole family

April 03, 2013

“Cough, cough!” “Achooooo!” “Wheeeeeeze!” The sounds of spring are all around us and the woes of allergy season are plaguing many of us. With the weather warming, you and your loved ones are likely spending a lot of time outside. Though the stuffy nose, dry throat and scratchy eyes may seem like a seasonal nuisance you and your family just have to get through, there are solutions. Here are some tips to keep you from suffering through this beautiful but allergy-ridden time of year (to watch the video click here).

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Neuromodulation device success for patients with fecal incontinence

April 25, 2012

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.

Mercer Island Half Marathon and Colon Cancer Prevention

March 22, 2012

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 rai...

Clinical Experience

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • 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 Trials
  • Colitis Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Dx
  • Colon Cancer Prevention
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Colorectal Surgeons
  • Colorectal Surgeons
  • 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
  • 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


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (71 Ratings, 11 Comments)


my surgeon is the most compassionate caring incredibly wonderful care provider I could ever imagine having I have already recommended him to people he's the best surgeon in the whole wide world Dr Bastawous

Dr. Bastawrous is wonderful, and has had my back through my ordeal for nearly 3 years now.

Dr. Bastawrous is the best.

Dr Bastawrous spends a lot of time making sure all my questions are answered and that I feel comfortable with the course of treatment.

Kind, thoughtful, professional.

Definitely would recommend this physician.

My life was changed and enhanced by this surgery.

Dr. Bastawrous showed a very high level of concern about my having cancer. He answered all questions & took time to help me.

Sound visit with a detailed care plan presented. I am a health care provider. I thought my care was excellent and complete

He takes the time to listen and values you as a person.

I feel very confident in my surgeons abilities. Truly thankful for his upfront nature and honesty. I also appreciated his willingness to find time for an additional procedure to help facilitate my treatment with traveling expense .
751 NE Blakely Drive
3rd Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
1101 Madison St.
First Hill Campus, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104
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