School of Medicine

Stamos Elected President of Specialty Board

Sept. 22, 2011 — UC Irvine’s chair of Surgery, Dr. Michael J. Stamos, has been installed as president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, which sets standards and maintains certifications for surgeons that specialize in colorectal surgery.

“I look forward to fulfilling this responsibility to an organization which has assumed increased importance with the new requirements of maintenance of certification for colorectal surgeons,” said Stamos, who was elected to the board in 2006 as a representative of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Michael J. Stamos, chair, UC Irvine's Department of Surgery

The board is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS,
the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification.

Stamos, who came to UC Irvine's School of Medicine in 2002, established the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery. He also has contributed to the growth of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

The boards of the ABMS were founded by surgeons in their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements. The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization  organized in 1934 and incorporated on Aug. 13, 1935.

Stamos has a special interest in colon and rectal cancer, as well as in inflammatory bowel disease. He 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' colon and rectal surgery textbook.

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

An advocate of preventive screening, 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.

“Dr. Stamos is greatly admired by his peers, patients and students,” said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, medical school dean and professor of urology. “UC Irvine is proud to have Dr. Stamos on its faculty because of his commitment to our mission, his excellence as a surgeon and mentor and the active role he plays in improving our services to the community.”

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.