GasiorAlessandra Gasior, DO, is a colorectal surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She joined the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery as an assistant professor Aug. 1 and will act as the director of Colorectal Transitional Care, working at both Nationwide Children’s Hospital and at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Gasior’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer when Dr. Gasior was 14 years old. Seeing her aunt’s experience made her want to pursue a career in medicine.

“I was always interested in medicine, especially pediatrics, but helping take care of my aunt during that time made me even more dedicated to my goal of becoming a doctor,” explains Dr. Gasior.

Dr. Gasior received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in trauma/critical care surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where she also served as a surgical scholar, a program to provide clinical research opportunities for aspiring pediatric surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Gasior completed a fellowship in minimally invasive pediatric surgery and a pediatric colorectal surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She also completed an adult colorectal surgery fellowship at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

“There are lots of factors that we need to keep track of as a patient transitions from pediatric to adult care,” says Dr. Gasior. “It’s not just tracking the progression of their disorder; it’s looking at their social, psychological and sexual health as they mature and making sure we have a process in place to address these additional factors.”

This will be an important part of Dr. Gasior’s new role at the medical center as director of Colorectal Transitional Care, where she will lead a new collaborative effort to transition adult patients from the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to the Colon and Rectal Surgery program at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Gasior is uniquely qualified to lead this program, as she is the only person in the world with fellowship training in both adult and pediatric colorectal surgery.

Assessing long-term factors is also at the forefront of Dr. Gasior’s mind when she treats patients.

“I always try to treat all aspects of a patient’s disease,” Dr. Gasior says. “It’s not enough to just treat the root of the disease itself. It can have a lasting impact on a patient’s confidence, nutrition and overall well-being that are equally important.”

Dr. Gasior is excited to begin working on the collaboration between Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s.

“I’m very privileged to be a part of this new network of caregivers at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s. This type of program doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world, and I hope it will serve as a model for how other hospitals can provide effective transition of care.”

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