Crohn's and Colitis Center Clinical Team

Scientific Director

Dr. Virginia Shaffer

Virginia O. Shaffer, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Shaffer specializes in minimally invasive and open surgical treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum. She received her MD at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio and completed her general surgery residency at Emory. Her research fellowship in transplant immunology and subsequent fellowship in colon and rectal surgery was done at at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is board certified in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Shaffer's academic interests include health services research, quality improvement, and clinical research. Her recent projects included working to lower the 30-day readmission rate for ileostomy patients and reducing surgical site infections for patients after colorectal resection.

Clinical Director

Dr. Jahnavi Srinivasan

Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Srinivasan received her MD at Northwestern University and completed her general surgery residency at Emory. She specializes in open and laparoscopic treatment for inflammartory bowel disease (IBD), gastrointestinal surgery, hernia repair, and bariatric surgery. Her current positions include director of surgical simulation and elective programs, surgical director of the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique, and program director of the general surgery residency. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Srinivasan has received several teaching awards, been a leader and mentor for the Emory Haiti Alliance's month-long surgical trips since 2010, and served as a mentor for numerous residents and medical students. Her current research focuses on IBD, particularly basic science research on the intestinal microbiome and surgical outcomes evaluations; residency education methods; and the implantation of biologic mesh during open or laparoscopic hernia repair.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Surgeons

Terrah Paul Olson, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology & Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Seth Rosen, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology & Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chair, Emory Healthcare Robotic Steering Committee, Emory University

Patrick Sullivan, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology & Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief Quality Officer, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory

Gastrointestinal IBD Colleagues

Tanvi Dhere, MD
– Associate Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Heba Iskander, MD
– Assistant Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Harini Naidu, MD
– Assistant Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

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