Trinity Surgical Consultants
Houssam Osman, MD, FACS, Rohan Jeyarajah, MD, FACS, Edward Cho, MD, SC
Hope—it’s what every cancer patient longs for but few are encouraged to expect. The doctors at Trinity Surgical Consultants strive to provide that hope every day, to patients and families, many who’ve already seen multiple doctors before walking through their door. “I wake up every morning thinking of that grandmother who’s been told she has no options,” said Founding Physician Rohan Jeyarajah. “Dr. Osman, Dr. Cho, and I want to see if there’s anything we can do to offer her options—and hope.”
For thousands of patients from Richardson and surrounding areas as well as those coming in from other states, that passion had made a difference. Trinity Surgical Consultants focuses on addressing complex cases other practitioners don’t or won’t touch, including complex GI surgeries ranging from pancreatic, liver, and bile duct to stomach and esophageal. They also treat benign conditions such as hiatal hernias and complications after surgery.
Compassion is their hallmark. “Of all the fields, medicine is the most human,” Dr. Jeyarajah said.
“We believe in taking a highly personal and multidisciplinary approach that includes multiple physicians concurring in a sort of Venn diagram with the patient at the center. We fight for our patient. They are at the center of everything we do. It’s never about ego or who is right, but about what’s best for our patient.”
That “best” can be different for each patient. “Whether they present with a malignancy or a benign condition, we focus of each patient’s quality of life,” Dr. Jeyarajah said. “What is it the patient wants? Do they want to return to gardening or to attend their daughter’s delivery? Is it a teacher who wants to return to the classroom? It’s up to us to take the experience and training we have and the current data on their condition, then apply it to this unique patient to deliver an individualized treatment plan that’s best for them.”
For Dr. Jeyarajah, the ultimate litmus test comes down to,
“What would I do for my own mum or my brother or my wife?” This includes seeing patients as quickly as possible after they contact the office. “If your mother or husband has cancer, today is not soon enough for you,” he said. “We want to get you in quickly, so we can begin to put our plan into action.”
Dr. Jeyarajah has been joined by two likeminded practitioners in Drs. Houssam Osman and Edward Cho. “I got to know them during their fellowship training,” he said. “It was clear right away that Dr. Osman is an extraordinarily compassionate and kind man who’s also technically gifted and a phenomenal physician. He’s not just a gifted surgeon, but a great internal medicine doctor. Dr. Cho is one of the greatest team players who fights aggressively for what’s best for his patient. They both share my patient-centered approach with an emphasis on multidisciplinary care.”
The doctors believe that in order for their practice to be effective, it needs to include a high level of three aspects—education, research, and a robust clinical practice. Together, the three physicians offer training to others in their field, both here and in their home countries or their local ethnic community. Each has been published extensively in medical journals, is sought after as a medical lecturer, and hascontributed multiple book chapters. They’ve also been extensively recognized for their clinical contributions, most recently being the first in the nation to receive joint commission recognition in HPB disease-based work with an emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach.
They have pioneered many robotic surgery options in this area, including being the first in Tarrant County to offer the Whipple procedure, a complex robotic surgery including the removal and reattachment of organs. “The goal is to remove a cancerous tumor and prevent it from growing and spreading to other organs,” Dr. Jeyarajah said. “The robot allows us to make smaller incisions, so there’s less pain, less bleeding, and less risk of infection.”
Meet Dr. Jeyarajah
Rohan Jeyarajah is the director of GI surgical services and the director of the hepatopancreatobiliary surgery fellowship program at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. He is also the head of surgery at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Chicago and attended a liver transplant fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center. He served on faculty at UT Southwestern Medical School, rising to the rank of associate professor. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters.
Meet Dr. Osman
Houssam Osman graduated medical school at University of Khartoum in Sudan and completed his general surgery training at Western Reserve Care System and Akron General Medical Center. He went on to complete fellowship training in malignant and benign diseases of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile duct diseases at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, one of few training programs in such a subspecialty across North America. Dr. Osman specializes in diseases of the esophagus and the stomach in addition to general abdominal surgery.
Meet Dr. Cho
Edward Cho is associate program director of complex gastrointestinal surgery at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. He completed his undergraduate degree in biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He obtained his MD from Northeastern Ohio Medical University, then completed his general surgery residency at State University of New York at Buffalo and his fellowship training in hepatopancreatobiliary and foregut surgery under Dr. Jeyarajah at Methodist Health Systems in Dallas.
Together their specialties include benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, and bile duct as well as complex gastrointestinal problems, complex abdominal wall reconstructions, and repair of complications from previous GI surgeries.
2805 East President George Bush Highway
Richardson, Texas 75082