Kristin Busch, M.D., is a colon and rectal surgeon and a member of 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., along with a team of general and specialty surgeons.
As a colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Busch specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of disorders and diseases of the intestinal tract, 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.
“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,” Dr. Busch said. “Colorectal surgery allows me to provide care to patients in a wide variety of ways, whether it be through colonoscopies, outpatient procedures, or major abdominal surgeries.”
Philosophy of Care
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.”
Special Interests and Procedures
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 lives in Midland with her husband and their son. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time outdoors with her family.