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The Cutting Edge - Sandy Fang and Diane Schwartz
Sandy Fang and Diane Schwartz
Date: June 25, 2013
If colorectal surgeon Sandy Fang needed any further motivation to join the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, she got it when she interviewed with doctors Julie Freischlag, John Efron, Susan Gearhart and Elizabeth Wick. “I felt like they would be such great partners and mentors,” Fang says. “All the surgeons I’ve met have been so supportive.”
A graduate of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, where she also completed her residency, Fang specializes in colon and rectal surgery. In addition to her clinical practice, Fang’s research focuses on inflammatory bowel disease and anal dysplasia. “I really enjoy my specialty because of the diversity we see in this field,” she says. “Surgeries range from complex to minimally invasive. There is also a great deal of camaraderie within the field.”
As a critical care surgeon, Diane Schwartz was drawn to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s growing trauma program. A bonus, she says, “was that I can maintain my own general surgery practice while still working in the ICU.”
A graduate of the Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University, Schwartz completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston. Schwartz chose her specialty because of the strong mentorship she received during her education. “I love everything about being a physician,” she says. “Having great mentors is really how I decided on surgery as a career.”