Colorectal Surgeons

Daniel Coffey, MD

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Education

  • 1995 Graduated from Vanderbilt University
  • 1999 Medical Degree from University of Louisville
  • 1999 – 2004 General Surgery Residency at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan
  • 2003 – 2004 Chief Resident in Integrated Residence in General Surgery at Michigan State University
  • 2004 – 2005 Resident in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Ingham County Medical Society

Activities and Honors

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Michigan State University
  • On staff at Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Hospital
Lucas Julien, MD

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Education

  • 2000 Graduated from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 2004 Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • 2004 – 2009 General Surgery Residency at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan
  • 2008 – 2009 Chief Resident in General Surgery at Michigan State University
  • 2009 – 2010 Research Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • 2010 – 2011 Clinical Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Creighton University

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons

Activities and Honors

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Michigan State University
  • Past Chair of Surgery Department, Sparrow Hospital
  • On staff at Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Hospital

Research and Publications

Multiple scientific publications and co-author of a chapter in Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 7th edition textbook.

Daniel Geisler, MD

Board Certifications

  • Diplomat, National Board of Medicine Examiners
  • American College of Surgeons – ATLS Certified
  • American College of Surgeons – ATLS Instructor Certified
  • Diplomat, American Board of Surgery
  • Diplomat, American Board of Colorectal Surgery

Education

  • 1990 Graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas
  • 1996 Medical Degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • 1997 – 2000 General Surgery Residency at University of Oklahoma – Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2000 – 2001 Chief Resident in General Surgery at University of Oklahoma – Tulsa
  • 2001 – 2002 Resident in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Saint Vincent Health Center
  • 2002 – 2003 Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery at The Lankenau Hospital and Institute for Medical Research

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Northeastern Society of Colorectal Surgery
  • US Surgical for Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery

Activities and Honors

  • Program Director, Cleveland Clinic Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Course
  • Digestive Disease Leadership Board, Cleveland Clinic
  • Abu Dhabi Planning Committee, Cleveland Clinic
  • Digestive Disease Space Planning Committee, Cleveland Clinic

Research and Publications

50+ publications in peer-reviewed journals on minimally-invasive colorectal surgery

Razvan Opreanu, MD

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Education

  • 2004 Medical Degree from Ovidius University
  • 2004 Master of Science in Gastroenterology, Ovidius University
  • 2009 – 2015 General Surgery Residency at Michigan State University
  • 2015 – 2016 Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery, St. Vincent Hospital

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Residents Committee
  • American College of Surgeons

Activities and Honors

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Michigan State University
  • Past Chair of Surgery Department, Sparrow Hospital
  • On staff at Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Hospital

Research and Publications

Multiple scientific publications

Gastroenterologists

Iftiker Ahmad, MD

Iftiker (Ifti) Ahmad, M.D. graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with honors in Chemistry, summa cum laude.  Dr. Ahmad received his (MD) medical degree from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan.  Dr. Ahmad completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and returned to Wayne State University for a Fellowship in Gastroenterology. On completion of his fellowship in 1987, he was appointed as an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM).  He joined Gastroenterology Associates in 1991 and was subsequently one of the founding members of the Digestive Health Institute (Digestive Health Institute). Dr. Ahmad provides clinical care in gastrointestinal and liver diseases. He conducts clinical research. He currently holds clinical appointments with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) and the College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM). He is the current Director for Sparrow/MSU-CHM Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. He was selected as the “Physician of the Year for 2016” at Sparrow Hospital.

Dr. Ahmad is a member of the Sparrow Health System Board. He was the founding chair of the Board of Managers for Sparrow Care Network, an organization of more than 500 Michigan physicians, with a mandate to improve the quality of clinical care using objective metrics. He is currently,  the chair of the governing Board of Physicians Health Plan Insurance company. Dr. Ahmad is a member of the Executive Board of Ingham County Medical Society.

Dr. Ahmad has been a resident of the Lansing area since 1987.  He is married to Dr. Priscilla Wade, a licensed clinical psychologist, and they have two adult children.

Radoslav Coleski, MD, PhD

Dr. Coleski studied medicine at the University Sts Cyril and Methoius Medical school in Macedonia in 2005.  After completing his residency in internal medicine at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in 2011, he completed his gastroenterology training at the University of Michigan Health System in 2014. Soon after we welcomed him to the Digestive Health Institute team in 2014. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dorian Jones, MD

Dr. Dorian Jones was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Romulus and Canton, Michigan. From an early age, he had a passion for science and helping others. He graduated from Plymouth Salem High School with distinction.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He also completed a minor in Biology with concentrations in molecular biology and biochemistry.  His senior thesis was in synthetic organic chemistry.  During his time at Kalamazoo College, he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and served on many committees.  Afterward, he received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.  Next, he completed internal medicine training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and served an additional year as a Chief Medical Resident.  During this time, he completed training in process improvement, and participated in training in Lean and Six Sigma. He completed Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  During training, he researched and published in inflammatory bowel disease, process improvement, patient safety, and liver disease.  Later, he moved to Okemos with his wife and daughter, and joined the Digestive Health Institute.  Since his arrival in 2018 he has enjoyed seeing patients in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and servicing the community.  In addition to his work in medicine and research, he enjoys sports, running, weightlifting, photography, reading, and cooking.

Janell Lee-Allen, MD
Scott Plaehn, DO, FACOI

Dr. Plaehn is a medical graduate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Illinois.  He performed his Internship and Residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan an affiliate of Michigan State University.  He then went on to Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology.  Dr. Plaehn is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  He has been practicing in the Lansing area since 1996.

Albert Ross, MD

Dr. Ross received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated with honors.  His Internship and Residency were performed at the University of Chicago Hospital and his Fellowship was completed at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  Dr. Ross has been practicing in the Lansing area since 1995.

John Walling, Jr., DO, FACOI

Dr. Walling received his medical degree from the University of Health Science in Kansas City, Missouri.  He completed his Internship at Mt. Clemens General Hospital.  His Residency training and Fellowship in Gastroenterology were done at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  Dr. Walling is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  He has been practicing in the Lansing area since 1992.

Siaka Yusuf, MD

Dr. Yusuf is originally from Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He then came to the United States to do his Internship and Residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Yusuf then went on to New York to complete his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at State University of New York. He was a Medical Officer at Mutare General Hospital in Zimbabwe as well as an Assistant Clinical Instructor in New York. He is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He joined Digestive Health Institute in December of 2000.

Physician Assistants

Kylie Dennis, PA-C

Kylie Dennis PA-C obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science at Western Michigan University in 2017. She then completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley State University in 2020. She joined Digestive Health Institute in July 2021.

Callie Hart, PA-C

Callie received her Bachelor of Arts in Human biology with high honors from the University of Michigan. She completed her graduate studies at Central Michigan University, earning her Masters in Science- Physician Assistant Studies in October 2020. Callie joined the Digestive Health Institute team in August 2021.

Brooke Janke, PA-C

Brooke Janke, PA-C obtained her undergraduate degree with a major in biomedical sciences from Central Michigan University in 2014. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2017. She is board certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and joined the Digestive Health Institute team in 2018.

Andrea Koerner, RD, PA-C

Andrea Koerner PA-C obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Central Michigan University. She then completed the University of Michigan Health System Dietetic Internship which enabled her to become a Registered Dietitian. She then attended Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a Master’s Degree and Certification in Physician Assistant Studies in July 2019. She has been with Digestive Health Institute since 2021.

Don Laird, PA-C

Don Laird PA-C achieved his Bachelor of Science Degree in human biology from Michigan State University in May 2007. He continued his graduate studies at Central Michigan University and earned his Masters degree and Certification in Physician Assistant Studies in July 2009. He has been with Digestive Health Institute since 2009.

Grace Langholz, MSPAS, PA-C

 

Jonathan Thelen, PA-C

Jonathan Thelen PA-C obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in human biology with a specialization in health promotion from Michigan State University in May 2007. He then attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Master’s Degree and Certification in Physician Assistant Studies in July 2009. He has been with Digestive Health Institute since 2009. He also holds the position of the Mid-Level Provider Coordinator.

Scott Zeilstra, PA-C

Scott Zeilstra PA-C achieved his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University Physician Assisting Program and joined Digestive Health Institute after graduation in 2013. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

What Our Patients Are Saying

The young man who registered me was excellent. I waited about 45 minutes and could not help but overhear how calmly and professionally he handled multiple complaints by walk-in patients. The complaints were not related to appointments but getting a response to inquiries about other issues. He just took it all in stride and seemed to calm the patient. Dr. Jones also patiently listened to my personal issues with communications with the practice. I appreciate his time and consideration.

Margaret N.

I would like to write a raving review for Sal! Over the years she has been EXTERMLY professional, her dedication to your patients goes above and beyond. She has been truly a pleasure to work with and we will miss her referring to use here at Michigan Medicine. I have often referred to her process and professionalism with many other outside referring offices. She will be missed! You I wish you nothing but the best Sal!!! Suzanne

Suzanne T.

Staff at reception/checkout were professional & helpful. Medical Assistant was friendly & thorough. Dr. Ahmad was at his best as is the case with every visit. He is thorough, honest, empathetic, and always an excellent communicator/educator.

Kathy D.

Great experience all-around! Very friendly staff and knowledgeable providers (both physician assistants and doctors) I see lots of people on here who are frustrated with phones and IT-related issues but as this is out of the employee’s hands I base my review off of the things that WERE in their control. They were kind, efficient and understanding.

Jo S.

From my very first encounter at the front desk, to the discharge nurse after surgery, my experience was a good one. The staff all listened to my questions and concerns, and Dr. Julian is top-notch.

Cynthia S.

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