MidMichigan Expands Colon and Rectal Surgery Team
Kristin Busch, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgeon
Colon and Rectal Surgeon Kristin Busch, M.D., has joined the comprehensive cancer care team at MidMichigan Health. This team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, specialized surgeons, interventional radiologists, as well as nurse navigators. Dr. Busch joins Colon and Rectal Surgeon George Zainea, M.D., and Advanced Practice Provider Cara Callan, P.A.-C.
As a colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Busch specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of disorders and diseases of the colon and rectum, anal canal and perianal area. She commonly treats conditions such as colon and rectal cancer, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, as well as anal conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and fistulas.
Dr. Busch received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and went on to complete a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“There is tremendous variety within the field of colon and rectal surgery, from cancers of the colon and rectum to inflammatory bowel disease to benign anorectal conditions,” she said. “Colorectal surgery allows me to provide care to patients in a wide variety of ways, whether it is through colonoscopies, outpatient procedures, or major abdominal surgeries.”
According to Dr. Busch, patients can make the best decisions about their health and health care when they’re well informed. “I enjoy taking time with my patients to teach them about their disease and to explain the available treatment options to help them make an informed decision,” she said. “I enjoy helping patients reach their full potential after treatment of their life-debilitating condition, whether it be anorectal disease, pelvic floor dysfunction, diverticular disease or colorectal cancer.”
In addition to performing colonoscopies, Dr. Busch specializes in minimally invasive colon and rectal cancer procedures. Some of her procedures include laparoscopic-assisted colectomy, anal fistulas, colonic inertia, as well as treating and managing diverticulitis, colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence and hemorrhoids.
“Colon cancer is currently the third most common cause of cancer death in both women and men in the United States,” said Dr. Busch. “That’s why screening colonoscopies are so important for detecting polyps or cancers at an early stage.” Dr. Busch is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery, for the treatment of colon and rectal cancer. “I am also interested in sacral neuromodulation for the treatment of fecal incontinence,” she added.
Dr. Busch welcomes new patients to her office in the Towsley Building located at 4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 2000 in Midland. Appointments may be made by calling (989) 839-1795 or toll free at (866) 494-8934. Those who would like more information about Dr. Busch may visit www.midmichigan.org/busch.