Caring for Your Colon

We cordially invite you to join us for Caring for Your Colon, a talk about health and digestion, sponsored by the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason. The event is open to everyone.

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Virginia Mason Memorial

Basement Auditorium (1st floor)
2811 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902


 Otto Lin, MD
Director, Quality Improvement

Vlad Simianu, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon

The colon — also known as the large intestine — is the final part of the digestive tract, and carries out many essential functions. Beneficial bacteria in the colon are instrumental to maintaining our overall health, while colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the country.

Get The Facts:

  • How to promote colon health
  • Risk factors, screening, treatment and prevention for colon cancer
  • Common colon complaints and treatments, including diverticulitis
  • Internet claims — is there medical evidence to support them?
  • The role of colonoscopy for your colon health?

Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required for this free event. Also, we would love to know what digestive topics interest you. Please let us know!

For more information, to share topic suggestions, or to register, visit or call 206-341-1456.

We hope you will join us!


The Team at Virginia Mason’s Digestive Disease Institute

Digestive Disease Institute
1100 9th Ave. C3-GAS
Seattle, WA 98101

Richard A. Kozarek, MD
Executive Director

Julie Katz, RN
Administrative Director,
Research & Academics

Bariatric Center of Excellence
Jeff Hunter, MD, Director

Center of Excellence
Donald Low, MD, Director

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Center of Excellence
Michael Chiorean, MD, Director

Liver Center of Excellence
Asma Siddique, MD, Director

Liver, Pancreas and Biliary
Surgical Center of Excellence
Scott Helton, MD, Director

Nutrition Center of Excellence
Jonathan Stoehr, MD, PhD

Center of Excellence
Vincent J. Picozzi, Jr., MD

Shayan Irani, MD
Associate Director

Therapeutic Endoscopy
Center of Excellence
Andrew Ross, MD, Director

Asma Siddique, MD, Director

Quality Improvement
Otto Lin, MD, Director

Flavio Rocha, MD, Director

Training and Education
Blaire Burman, MD, Director