At the Fissure & Fistula Surgery Center of Excellence, we aim to provide the highest quality care for our patients. As part of this mission, we hope to promote public awareness for and encourage proper management of anorectal and rectal conditions, including anal fissures and anal fistulas. To accomplish this goal, our doctors support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), a non-profit organization focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as improving the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Since 1967, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has led the way in research, advocacy, and patient support for those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
At the core of CCFA’s mission is the goal of finding a cure and improving the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America sponsors basic and clinical research, educational programs for patients and health care professionals, and support services for people coping with chronic intestinal disorders. More specifically, their areas of focus include:
- Research Programs – CCFA has provided more than $164 million for research on the treatment and cure of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).
- Education Programs – CCFA provides information and education for the more than 1.4 million IBD patients and their families through a variety of awareness campaigns, professional journals, books, exclusive mailings, local chapters periodicals, webcasts, and through this website.
- Support Services – They offer more than 300 support groups annually, Camp Oasis (their summer camps for children living with IBD) and a wide range of educational and training programs for communities nationwide.
- Fundraising Initiatives – CCFA carries out ongoing fundraising efforts in order to fund further research, educational and support activities.
For over 40 years, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Today, they fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions and finance underdeveloped areas of research. With over 50,000 members, all of CCFA’s efforts are aimed at finding a cure for and supporting those suffering from a host of chronic intestinal disorders.
How to Get Involved
Whether you are a healthcare provider, a patient, or just interested in giving back to the community, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America offers numerous ways to get involved. For information about donating your time or money to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, or learn how to sign up for the foundation’s quarterly newsletter, contact our Los Angeles office at (888) 512-2312.
A few of our top surgeons, including the Fissure & Fistula Center of Excellence’s Colorectal and General Surgeon, Gary Hoffman, MD, and Gastroenterologist, Leo Treyzon, MD, participated in an annual trip to Guatemala in April, 2013. It was a mission to treat medical problems in one of Guatemala’s rural indigenous areas, in which the medical team performed more than 100 surgeries for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
The mission was organized by HELPS International, a nonprofit organization who recruits volunteers to work in impoverished areas of Central and Latin America. Many members of La Peer Health Systems travel with this mission annually, committed to helping underprivileged populations with medical needs.
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