Dean Pappas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS discusses his background and education. He went into colorectal surgery after watching his father suffer from ulcerative colitis. He enjoys the feeling that he gets when is able to provide relief for his patients.
My name is Dr. Dean Pappas. I currently reside in Long Island where I was born and raised. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, growing up I was interested in science and biology. I decided before I committed to becoming a physician to get some real-life experience, and I joined an ambulance company when I was a teenager and that cemented my drive to become a physician. I went on to get my undergraduate degrees at Binghamton University, where I got degrees in biology and psychology, and then I went on to obtain my medical degree at SUNY-Stony Brook.
During my surgery training, colorectal surgery was something I was attracted to for many different reasons, one of which was my father. My dad unfortunately has severe ulcerative colitis, and watching him over the years be afflicted by this disease sort of drew me into colorectal surgery. The favorite part of my day is when I walk into a waiting room after I've operated on a patient and I tell that family that their loved one is going to be okay. That is a very special feeling that keeps me going.
Practicing medicine is a difficult task, but that moment is very special to me. Helping patients like my father, I watched him suffer from his condition for my whole life, and the fact that now I can do something about that is extremely satisfying. Our mission here is to make people feel better, and there's no problem too big and no problem too small.