My name is Sandra Beck; I attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and completed a general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. I then completed training in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
My clinical interests include the surgical treatment of Colon and Rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and complex anal-rectal disorders. I specialize in minimally invasive approaches to colorectal disorders including laparoscopy, robotic surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery.
I mainly treat diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus, which includes inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I take care of patients with colon and rectal cancer. I also take care of patients with diverticulitis or other, what we call benign diseases of the colon. At UK, we deal with all the complications of those diseases.
I think one thing “physician” means is "educator" and so I need to educate you about your disease so that you know what you can do better. I feel like we, and I mean me and the patient, need to be a good team. I try and approach it as if you're one of my family members, and if we need to coordinate care I try and do that for you. I try and tell you what I think my role is, and then we work through the process together.
Being able to take somebody through the operative process ‒ plan an operation, make the patient feel comfortable and confident in their team and then getting the operation done and feeling like we've really improved their quality of life ‒ is really great.
Most of procedures that we do here at UK, at least 70% - 80% can be done minimally invasively, which means you have smaller incisions but can still accomplish the good operation. So being able to do that so that people have fewer wound complications, fewer infections, less scar tissue has been a really great advancement.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Certifications or Special training
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Markey Cancer Center
800 Rose St.
Lexington KY 40536-0098
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