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Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists Welcomes Dr. Joselin Matthews

July 02, 2021

Joselin Matthews, M.D., colorectal surgeon, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–McKinney South. Dr. Matthews shares her advice to aspiring surgeons and what she looks forward to in the field.

What inspired you to specialize in colorectal surgery?

During my general surgery residency, I knew I wanted to specialize in a particular field. I was introduced to colorectal surgery during my third year in residency and fell in love with it. I enjoyed operating on diseases with high treatable rates like early stage colorectal cancers or ulcerative colitis, as well as the technology like endoscopes, laparoscopy, and robotics.

What are you most looking forward to as colorectal surgery continues to evolve?

I’m looking forward to seeing how advances in endoscopy and robotic surgery evolve to diagnose and treat colorectal patients. I’m also looking forward to more treatments emerging for difficult problems such as recurrent Crohn’s disease and hidradenitis, as well as diagnosing colorectal cancers earlier to improve outcomes.

Study hard, work hard, don’t let people put you in a box, and find good mentors to guide you."

What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to be surgeon?

Study hard, work hard, don’t let people put you in a box, and find good mentors to guide you. I was initially told that I was too nice and quiet to be a surgeon, but I had great mentors who were also quiet and kind while being strong, brilliant women with successful careers. I have since mentored many young women including those who never thought they could be a surgeon.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

If I had to pick one, it would be to fly. I love to travel and I love the outdoors, so I think being able to fly would be awesome.

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