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Get to Know Colon and Rectal Surgeon Dr. Kelly Gilmore

September 21, 2021

Kelly Gilmore, M.D., colon and rectal surgeon, is now seeing patients at Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists–Conroe. Dr. Gilmore, a decorated Army veteran and Texas native, shares her career experiences and the values that guide her patient care.

Did you always know you wanted to join the Army?

I never dreamed I would join the Army, but when I graduated from high school my options were limited. I visited a recruiter with my sister and learned it would help me attend college. In hindsight, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I performed well in the Army and I decided to go back as an officer after college.

What inspired you to be a physician?

I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but it was my college advisor who finally nudged me in the direction of medical school. Then, while training to become a physician, two of my mentors helped solidify my career path. Dr. Steven Curley was responsible for my decision to go into surgery, and Dr. Randy Bailey convinced me that colon and rectal surgery was a great fit for me.

The most valuable lesson, I believe, is to slow down, sit down, and listen to patients carefully to actually connect with them on a personal level."

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career?

The most valuable lesson, I believe, is to slow down, sit down, and listen to patients carefully to actually connect with them on a personal level. It seems to make a world of difference to my patients when they realize that I am committed to doing my best to help them.

What surgical advancements are on the horizon for colorectal surgery?

There are many surgical advancements which we utilize now to include minimally invasive and robotic techniques. In the future, I think that endoluminal procedures (via blood vessels) may be our next venture for minimally invasive techniques.

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

I would tell prospective patients that once they enter the office, the staff and I will treat them like family. We are here to help patients understand their conditions and support them through treatment.

Tell us about your family and interests.

My family has lived in Texas since the early 1800s. I’m extremely proud to be a native Texan and to be raising two native Texas boys! I’m also a dedicated Astros fan. I have faith in them, even when they lose to a sub-500 team. This year, I see them going to the World Series, possibly against the Braves or the Dodgers.


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