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Practice areas

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal and Colorectal Cancer Team
  • General Surgery

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Complex Perianal Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • General Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Laparoscopy

Education

Degree

Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

Residency

Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh

Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Additional information

Profile

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.

 

Personal statement

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.

Research/Publications

Bailey MB, Beck SJ. Xanthogranulomatous inflammation of the sigmoid and small bowel presenting as Crohn's disease. Am Surg. 2014 Feb;80(2):E38-9.

Beck SJ. Stoma issues in the obese patient. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2011 Dec;24(4):259-62.