Dr. Krane is a colorectal surgeon who specializes in resection for colon, rectal, and anal cancers as well as minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery techniques.
I believe that cancer care should be personalized, combining the patient’s goals and beliefs with the latest evidence-based medicine with a focus on quality of life, not just quantity.
Colon, rectal, and anal cancers, minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery
- Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
- MD: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Residency: University of Chicago Medicine
- Fellowship: Lahey Clinic
Mukta Katdare Krane, MD, became a doctor because she was drawn to the ability to help people overcome medical challenges that they and their loved ones face. “I think that the trust patients bestow to their care team, and in particular their surgeon, is an honor,” she said.
Dr. Krane’s first exposure to cancer was watching her friend battle leukemia at the age of five. “I was amazed with the grace and strength with which she faced it. As I went through my surgical training, I often thought of her and I realized that I wanted to help patients navigate all stages of their cancer treatment, from diagnosis to survivorship.
Part of her career involves research. As a gastrointestinal surgeon, her work involves outcomes research in colorectal surgery with a primary focus on quality of life (particularly bowel and sexual function) after colorectal and anal cancer therapy.
Particularly for colorectal cancer, I think there is a great deal of room for improvement in early detection and prevention,” Dr. Krane said. “I hope there is a serious effort made to increasing awareness and improving access to colonoscopies. I also hope that we will continue to improve on the surgical treatment of colorectal and anal cancer with a focus on minimally invasive techniques and an understanding of and concentration on preserving a high quality of life.&rdquo
Dr. Krane said her greatest joy outside of work is spending time outside hiking and skiing with her children.