As a sophomore, Evan was playing football for Cornell and had dreams of becoming a doctor. But at just 20, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Over the next two years, he was placed on a multitude of medications. Eventually, he became resistant to the therapies and none of the drugs worked. His colon was failing. Evan was dying. When he came to NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Sonoda determined that surgery was the only course of action, informing Evan that his colon needed to come out and it had to happen immediately. Evan says, “He gave me a piece of paper, I signed it, and they whisked me down the hall and I was in the OR ten minutes later going through the whole surgery.” After two more surgeries to completely rebuild his intestinal tract, Evan’s quality of life has been restored and he is attending medical school. He says, “The way I live my life and practice medicine would be my thank you to my doctors.”

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