“I believe that empowering patients through education is one of the most important ways a healthcare provider can make an impact. The questions and concerns that arise in the area of Colorectal Surgery can be distressing, and my highest priority is to help patients understand and take ownership of their health, rather than fear their illness.”
Elizabeth’s father was a high school science teacher, and from a very young age the skeletons in his classroom always fascinated her. As biology major at Boston College, Elizabeth’s interest in science became focused on medicine. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she decided on a career in research, managing clinical research trials.
After six years on the research side of medicine, Elizabeth realized that she wanted to work directly with patients. Becoming a Physician Assistant would provide her the active participation in the management of patients’ health. She enrolled at The George Washington University and earned a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Physician Assistant studies. Elizabeth became interested in Colorectal Surgery during her general surgery training. By assisting surgeons with the very technical procedures that they perform, she had the opportunity to see how physicians and other healthcare professionals have the capacity to change patients’ lives. With her formal training now completed, Elizabeth says she feels privileged to be working with a group of such highly skilled surgeons at Fairfax Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Elizabeth and her husband, Chris, currently have one daughter and enjoy all the culture and diversity that the greater DC area has to offer.