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Introducing Dr. Victor H. Barnica to Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists–North Cypress

June 02, 2023

Victor H. Barnica, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, colon and rectal surgeon, is now seeing new patients at Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists–North Cypress. Dr. Barnica shares how his father inspired him to become a surgeon and encourages patients to get regular colon cancer screenings.

What inspired you to specialize in colon and rectal surgery?

I was inspired to become a surgeon by my role model, my father, who is also a surgeon. My interest in colorectal surgery began during my general surgery training. I was immediately intrigued by the knowledge required to understand the complex anatomy of the digestive system. The variety of pathology and the many ways they can be approached was fascinating and intellectually challenging. Overall, colon and rectal surgery offers tremendous potential to positively impact the lives of patients and their families.

If you could tell prospective patients one thing about colorectal cancer, what would it be?

Proper routine screening can lower the risk of colorectal cancer. The odds of diagnosing colorectal cancer and treating it early are significantly higher in those patients who participate in routine screenings. If you are 45 and older or have a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer, I encourage you to have a conversation with your primary care physician for a referral with a colorectal specialist.

As colorectal cancer treatment continues to evolve, what do you think the future of patient care will look like?

Colorectal cancer treatment has come a long way in recent years. A major area of focus is in the development of personalized treatment plans which are tailored to each patient’s individual cancer. Immunotherapy, a leading-edge therapy in colorectal cancer treatment, utilizes the power of the immune system to target cancer cells, helping the body fight cancer more effectively. Clinical trials are ongoing in the development and refinement of immunotherapy treatments for colorectal cancer. Additionally, advances in surgical techniques reduce the length of hospital stays, pain, and recovery time, improving outcomes in patients.

What do you enjoy spending time doing on your days off?

I enjoy exercising and spending time with my friends and family during my free time.

Where has been your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

I am fascinated by ancient civilizations. Some of my favorite places are the Mayan ruins and other civilizations in Mexico and Central America.

What was your first job before medicine?

I got my first job when I was in middle school, working at a drug store during school breaks. I learned a lot about multiple drugs and their therapeutic use. I had always dreamed of becoming a doctor and the exposure only strengthened that vision.

If you could pick any song to best describe you, what would it be and why?

One song that comes to mind when thinking about myself is “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, which was released in 1982 and used as the theme song in the movie Rocky III. It has become a popular anthem for perseverance and determination. The lyrics talk about rising up to the challenge and taking control of one’s destiny. That sounds a lot like me.

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