(Philadelphia, PA) - Najjia N. Mahmoud, MD, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Mahmoud earned her BS degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Microbiology and Public Health from the University of Wisconsin. She then received her MD from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 1993. She did a two year basic science research fellowship at Weill Medical College of Cornell University while completing her residency in Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and then completed a fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mahmoud's research focuses on the genetics of inherited colorectal cancer and she has a strong clinical interest in sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgery, as well as pelvic floor dysfunction/reconstruction. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Mahmoud is currently an Attending Surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Her accolades include the American Association of Cancer Research Young Investigator Award, the Carl E. Christianson Outstanding Resident Scholar Award and the Administrative Chief Fellow Award, the latter two awarded from the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mahmoud is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the American Association of Women Surgeons, among others. She was recently invited to lecture at the United Ostomy Association National Meeting in Philadelphia on colon cancer.

Dr. Mahmoud has been published in many peer-reviewed publications including Hematology-Oncology Clinics of North America, Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, Surgery, Proceedings of the American Association of Cancer Research and Proceedings of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

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