Meet the Doctor: Laura Greco, MD
Laura Greco, MD, is a colorectal surgeon at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. She sees patients at Einstein General Surgery Associates offices on DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell and on Old York Road in Philadelphia.
We recently spoke with Dr. Greco about her career, her interests and colorectal surgery at Einstein.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I always wanted to be a doctor from the time I was young. Though I have no relatives in the medical field, I was always drawn to medicine. I found it extremely fascinating and loved the idea of helping people in that way. I was an Emergency Medical Technician in high school and worked for the Student Health Clinic in college.
Q: Tell us about your education background.
A: I went to medical school at Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. I completed my residency in surgery at Temple University Hospital and a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: Colorectal surgery to me is the best of all worlds. There’s a huge range of procedures, from small office-based procedures to large, complex operations that all are done on the same organ system.
I enjoy that my practice includes patients with benign diseases like diverticulitis, which is an infection in the digestive tract; anorectal diseases, such as hemorrhoids; and patients with cancers and lifelong chronic diseases.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: I am interested in all areas of colorectal surgery, but I am particularly interested in the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery for the treatment of colorectal conditions.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I was really drawn to the other doctors and support staff I had met and was excited for the possibility of growing colorectal surgery further at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery as well as to be able to grow the use of the robot and laparoscopic surgery at the Philadelphia campus. I did my surgical fellowship in North Philadelphia and still love the city and the surrounding area. Having been up and down the East Coast, this was really the best spot.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their colorectal surgery?
A: People should choose Einstein for colorectal surgery because we have a great colorectal team that is invested in their patients’ comfort and success in treatment. We also have access to current technologies, from robotic surgery for both benign and malignant colorectal conditions to office-based treatment of hemorrhoidal disease. The entire team and I will treat every person with respect, care and our very best work.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my husband, son, and dog. We spend a lot of time outdoors, going to parks, taking long walks, or going swimming. I also enjoy reading, painting with watercolor and acrylic paints, cooking, and trying new restaurants.
Q: Who was an early role model for you?
A: An early role model for me was my mom, who went back to college when I was in elementary school and graduated with her master’s degree in special education around the time I graduated high school. She always showed us hard work and had great dedication to her education and to taking care of not only our family, but the children with special needs she would have in her classes.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I love to read, so I have many favorite books. As far as biographies go, Unbroken is an amazing story of a soldier who survived multiple prison camps during WWII. A really fun book that’s full of 80s and 90s nostalgia was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I thought it was much better than the movie.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: My favorite place to vacation would be traveling around Europe, particularly in Portugal, Spain, Italy or France. I love discovering new places, food and cultures, and those places are all beautiful and full of history.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: It used to be Royal Tavern in South Philadelphia, but it’s since closed. When we lived in the area, my husband and I would go there almost weekly.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: I went to a visual and performing arts magnet school until I was in eighth grade. In high school, I did oil painting classes at night at the community college and stretched my own canvas.