Michael J. Stamos, M.D., has been appointed the John E. Connolly Chair in Surgery. Dr. Stamos has been with UC Irvine since 2002, establishing and leading the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UC Irvine and making important contributions to the growth of our H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. He is president-elect of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and chair of its Examination Committee. Dr. Stamos has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 30 book chapters and has served as the editor of four textbooks, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' textbook of colon and rectal surgery.