Hiroko Kunitake, MD, MPH, is an attending surgeon in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at BMC and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kunitake is a graduate of Harvard University and received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, Dr. Kunitake holds an MPH from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kunitake is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and her clinical interests include management of rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
Francis Farraye, MD, MSc is Co-Director of the Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders at BMC and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Farraye graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1982 before completing the internal medicine residency program at Beth Israel Hospital. In 1988, he completed a fellowship in gastroenterology, also at Beth Israel Hospital. He received a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. Dr. Farraye’s clinical interests are in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and the management of colon polyps and colorectal cancer. He is studying Vitamin D absorption in patients with Crohn's disease, the management and diagnosis of dysplasia and cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, predictors of pouchitis after ileal pouch anal anastomosis, and the role of hyperplastic polyps as an alternative pathway in the development of colorectal cancer.
Sharmeel K. Wasan, MD
Sharmeel Wasan, MD is a gastroenterologist at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wasan received her medical doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 2003. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also worked as a hospitalist for one year. In 2010, she completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Wasan’s clinical interests are in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer prevention. Her research interests include vaccination strategies in inflammatory bowel disease patients and the management of the pregnant Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patient
Linda Alexander, RN, MSN, CWOCN has worked at BMC since 1991 after graduating from Salem State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started her nursing career as a staff nurse on a busy medical unit before transferring to the surgical unit at BMC. In 1997, Linda completed the Wick's Harrisburg Area of Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Program and a year later received her Certification in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2003. Linda previously served as the support group leader for the Ileoanal Reservoir from 1998 to 2007. She is currently the co-chair of the skin committee, a position she has held for the past 11 years. Linda is honored to have received the 2002 Nurse Excellence Award and the 2004 We Care Employee Recognition Award at BMC.
Siobhan Nevin, RN, BSN, CWOCN
Siobhan Nevin, RN, BSN, CWOCN specializes in wound, ostomy, and continence care, as well as skin care, in the Departments of General Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. Siobhan graduated from Northeastern University in 1998 with a degree in nursing and worked at the South Shore Visiting Nurse Association from 2000 through 2005. In 2004 Shiobhan joined BMC where she is actively involved in improving patient care systems efficiency and providing mentorship to nursing students. Shiobhan received both the 2003 Peggy Cenci Nurse Excellence Award and the 2003 We Care Employee Recognition Award.
Patients with an IPAA who are concerned about nutritional needs can consult the Nutrition and Weight Management program at Boston Medical Center. Their exceptional team of dedicated professionals comprises 3 physicians specializing in nutrition, 9 clinical dietitians including 2 surgical dietitians and 2 dietitians who are certified diabetes educators.
If you would like a consultation, ask your primary care physician about a referral to BMC’s Nutrition and Weight Management Center where a Registered Dietitian will discuss meal planning and your IPAA.
Michael J. O'Brien, MD, MPH
Michael J. O'Brien, MD, MPH is Chief of Anatomic Pathology at Boston Medical Center, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. O'Brien graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway School of Medicine in 1971 before joining the Mallory Institute of Pathology at Boston City Hospital (the predecessor of Boston Medical Center). He received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 1992, concentrating in quantitative methods. He specializes in gastrointestinal pathology.
Sandra R. Cerdá, MD
Sandra Cerdá, MD is a pathologist at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Cerdá graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain in 1992, and completed her residency in pathology at Boston Medical Center in 2000, followed by a fellowship in cytopathology in 2001. Her clinical specialties are gastrointestinal and gynecological pathology. Dr. Cerdá's research has focused on the pathophysiology of the inflammatory bowel diseases and the serrated polyp colorectal cancer pathway.
Avneesh Gupta, MD
Avneesh Gupta, MD, is an abdominal imaging specialist and Clinical Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1999. He subsequently completed residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Boston University Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Gupta then performed a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Gupta has been a staff radiologist at BMC since July, 2005, and is certified by the American Board of Radiology. His clinical interests include imaging of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with MRI and CT, as well as image guided interventional procedures in the abdomen.
Jaroslaw Nicholas Tkacz, MD
Jaroslaw Tkacz, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine and Section Head of Abdominal Imaging at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Tkacz graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Boston University Medical Center in 2002. After completing an Abdominal Imaging fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2003, Dr. Tkacz spent a year as a staff Radiologist and Instructor of Radiology at Lahey Clinic, Burlington MA. He has been a staff Radiologist at BMC since April 2005 and is certified by the American Board of Radiology. His clinical interests include multimodality imaging and intervention of gastrointestinal diseases.
Arthur F. Stucchi, PhD
Arthur Stucchi, PhD is Associate Professor of Surgery, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Stucchi completed his doctoral studies at the University of New Hampshire and post-doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts. His research interests include inflammatory bowel disease, ileoanal anastomosis, oxidative stress, and antioxidants.