Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD, Named Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Chloe Meck (BIDMC Communications) cmeck@bidmc.harvard.edu

NOVEMBER 26, 2018

MessarisBOSTON – Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS, has been named Chief of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).  In this role, he will lead a multidisciplinary team working to improve the health and well-being of patients with conditions affecting the colon and rectum.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Messaris to BIDMC,” said Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chair of Surgery at BIDMC. “We are confident that under his leadership, the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery will continue to play a vital role in our department’s mission of providing advanced surgical care of the highest quality, improving health through innovation and discovery, and preparing future leaders in surgery.”

Also a Member of the Faculty of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Messaris joins BIDMC after previously serving as Associate Professor of Surgery at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and Program Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania. While there, he also served as Hospital Surgeon Champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project and helped establish and expand several multidisciplinary services, including the Colorectal Cancer Program, the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, and the Advanced Neoplasia Program.

In addition to his clinical practice focused on minimally invasive surgery and surgery in high-risk patients, Messaris has a strong commitment to research and education. Having been involved with more than 65 published peer-reviewed papers and contributing to several textbooks, his research interests include outcomes of patients undergoing surgical intervention for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and minimally invasive surgery.

“I am excited to join Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a great team of professionals focused in the care of colorectal patients,” said Messaris. “As a unit, we will focus our efforts to provide the highest standard of care for our patients through multidisciplinary, comprehensive treatments, innovative research, and our commitment to educate future surgeons.”

Messaris is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is a reviewer for more than 20 medical journals, including Critical Care Medicine, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Surgical Endoscopy, and the Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Messaris earned his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Athens in Greece. He completed a residency in general surgery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, followed by a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. Messaris is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.