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Dr. Ashwin Kurian and Our Team

Dr. Ashwin Kurian

Dr. Ashwin Kurian completed his medical schooling in Bangalore Medical College, India in 2001. After this he completed a general surgery residency in the United Kingdom, where he is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He moved to Philadelphia, USA to continue his general surgery training in Abington Memorial Hospital. He graduated from his training program in 2011. He has completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery of the esophagus and stomach and advanced flexible endoscopy.

He is interested in the incision-less endoscopic management of surgical disorders. His research interests are in benign esophageal motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal cancer. He has written extensively on POEM, which is a new incision-less surgical endoscopic procedure for patients with swallowing problems and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He is also involved in research directed towards improvements in surgical education of minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery.

When not practicing medicine Dr. Kurian enjoys spending time with his young son and wife. He also enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling.

Carrie Morrison PA-C

Carrie is a Physician Assistant. Carrie works with Dr. Kurian in the clinic and in the operating room. She also performs GI lab procedures. She completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.

 Carrie is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, a boxer named Phoenix and a rescue named Toby. When she is not at the office, she enjoys running, sporting events, and being with family.

Chris Smilanic

Chris is the office manager, leader of our team, and surgery scheduler for DESC. She assists all patients while they are being treated at DESC.

Chris is also a Colorado native. While not in the office she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Sierra Upton

Sierra is the clinical research coordinator for DESC. She helps patients enroll in clinical research studies so they can receive the best possible care while being treated at DESC. 

Sierra is originally from Arizona and enjoys spending her time outside. She likes to both ski and snowboard in the winter and hike in the summer with her dog, Jett.

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Deepti Powar

Deepti is our front office receptionist. She helps patients schedule appointments. She also manages the electronic medical record for Dr. Kurian. 

Deepti is originally from India. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys cooking and shopping.