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Michael Stamos, MD, named chair of the Department of Surgery

Dr. Michael Stamos, chair of the Department of Surgery

Dr. Michael J. Stamos has accepted the position as chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

Stamos, acting chair since 2010, has been with the school since 2002, establishing and leading the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and contributing to the growth of UC Irvine’s H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center.

“UC Irvine is proud to have Dr. Stamos on its faculty because of his commitment to our mission and the active role he plays in enhancing our services,” said School of Medicine Dean Ralph V. Clayman, MD.

“Dr. Stamos is greatly admired by his peers, students and patients. Our Department of Surgery will excel under his leadership.”

Stamos has a special interest in colon and rectal cancer, as well as inflammatory bowel disease. He is president-elect of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and chair of its Examination Committee.

Stamos has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters and has served as the editor of four textbooks, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' textbook of colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Stamos is often invited to speak on the subject of colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. In March, he joined a panel of national experts for a CBS Healthwatch webcast during Colorectal Awareness Month. The event reached thousands of online viewers.

He is listed among America's Best Doctors®. and is a member of UC Irvine Health's Strategic Planning Steering Committee and its committee on health reform implementation.

Dr. Stamos graduated from Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland and completed a general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.

Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Dr. Stamos was an associate professor of surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and served as chief of colon and rectal surgery at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles and Harbor UCLA Medical Center.