Even though Nina Ferraris is now a board-certified surgeon at GBMC Health Partners — Colon & Rectal Surgery, she didn't always know she wanted to follow that career path.
"I know a lot of people have that story, but I was actually a neuroscience major," she explains.
But after realizing research didn't interest her, Dr. Ferraris decided to go to medical school, where she met some advisors who would eventually send her down the path to colorectal surgery.
"As you go through training, you find what you really enjoy and find fulfillment and mentors that you find admirable, and you want to follow in their footsteps," she says. "That's what led me to being a surgeon and, more specifically, a colorectal surgeon."
Beginning at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Ferraris' education took her to various parts of the country, when a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery landed her at GBMC Healthcare.
"I knew I liked the hospital. I knew I liked the culture here and the patient care," she explains.
So, when a fulltime position with GBMC Health Partners became available, Dr. Ferraris jumped at the chance to return.
"[GBMC Healthcare] has a great community reputation for providing solid care. It's more personalized, and patients really like that," Dr. Ferraris says.
Dr. Ferraris emphasizes that patients should strongly consider GBMC when it comes to colon health and cancer care.
"We're bringing all of the latest technology and skills," she says. "We have a great department with a good support system within the hospital that allows us to provide an advanced level of care."
Dr. Ferraris says she loves working in colon and rectal surgery for the variety it brings.
"Colorectal surgery is one of those fields that lets you have a varied practice, not just the same thing over and over. We do abdominal surgery, and we do more basic procedures, like hemorrhoid treatments. I like all of it."
She says a big part of treatment involves just talking with patients, and those interactions are part of why she loves the job so much.
"I particularly like taking care of our colon cancer patients," she says. "I think it's a place where we make a really big difference in oncology and cancer care because our patients have the potential to do very well after surgery. You really are giving people almost a new lease on life."
She says the visible impact on patients' lives is a feeling that's hard to describe.
"You're involved very intensely in their lives, but the fact that they move on is awesome," she explains.
At the end of the day, Dr. Ferraris just wants to help people, something she knows her work at GBMC Health Partners is accomplishing on a regular basis.
"I get the most hugs from my hemorrhoid patients!" she says with a laugh. "It's nice to be able to make somebody feel better and make a difference in their life."
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