Marianne Cusick, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, has been promoted to the director of the section of colorectal surgery in the Division of Elective General Surgery, Department of Surgery. She will succeed H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS who has been leading this large group of colorectal surgeons for nearly 50 years.

“Dr. Cusick is an excellent colorectal surgeon with great supervisory skills,” said Richard Andrassy, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery and executive dean, ad interim. “This position makes her the first female head of such a large colorectal group.”

A graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine, she completed general surgery training at the University of Alabama where she also received a Master’s of Public Health. She completed her training with a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. She started clinical practice with the Colon & Rectal Clinic, P.A. in 2014 and transitioned to UTHealth and the Department of Surgery in 2015 when the Colon & Rectal Clinic, P.A. became a section within the Division of Elective General Surgery.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the foundation that Dr. Bailey has created,” Cusick said. “This is great opportunity to work with our team of specialty surgeons to enhance patient care with advanced technologies while promoting surgical education and research.”

Her clinical interests include colon cancer screening, benign and malignant conditions of the colon, rectum, and anus as well as pelvic floor disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, minimally invasive surgery and treatment of incontinence. She cares for patients at the UT Physicians Colon and Rectal Clinic at the Texas Medical Center and at the Southeast Houston locations. She is the assistant program director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program at UTHealth. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Harris County Medical Society.

Cusick will succeed Bailey, in this role, who is professor of surgery at UTHealth and vice-president of the American College of Surgeons.

See how Cusick and her friends and colleagues celebrated her promotion with this video montage: