Meet Samer Kawak, MD

Dr. Samer Kawak, Colorectal Surgeon

What Does a Colorectal Surgeon Treat?
Colorectal surgeons treat a wide variety of issues starting with hemorrhoids and anal fissures, all the way to complex cancer care. Other issues treated by a colorectal surgeon include cysts, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, rectal prolapse, Lynch Syndrome, fecal incontinence, rectovaginal fistula and many more. Colorectal surgeons also perform colonoscopies for screening, diagnosis or surveillance.

A Proud Hoosier
Originally from Indianapolis, Dr. Kawak attended Wabash College and then Indiana University for medical school. He completed general surgery training at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan, and then a colorectal fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Dr. Kawak is committed to ensuring the most up-to-date treatments and surgical techniques are offered when appropriate. While he is trained specifically in colorectal surgery, he also has extensive training in da Vinci robotic surgery. This minimally invasive surgical system offers many benefits, including less pain following surgery, lower risk of infection, minimal scarring, shorter hospital stays and an overall quicker recovery.

Patient Philosophy
While colorectal surgery is an important specialty, it can sometimes include issues that might be uncomfortable for patients to discuss.

“I take care with patients when discussing sensitive and, at times, embarrassing topics common to my specialty,” Dr. Kawak said. “I pride myself on creating a safe space for patients where they feel comfortable expressing their problems.”

After Hours
Dr. Kawak enjoys cooking, hiking and playing basketball.