Department-of-Surgery
About Mount Sinai
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
Division of Colorectal Surgery
Division of Colorectal Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mount Sinai St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. As one of the oldest and most experienced colorectal surgery divisions in the New York Metropolitan Area we are excited to have you visit our web site.

Our group of five colorectal specialists offers “state of the art” diagnosis and therapies for the full spectrum of colon and rectal disorders including cancers, benign polyps, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulas, and defecation-related functional disorders. In addition, our Clinical Trials program allows us to offer new promising anti-cancer drugs that are not available anywhere else in the United States to cancer patients.

Our Division is comprised of five American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery certified colorectal surgeons and a Board Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse. All five surgeons hold faculty appointments at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to the extensive facilities at both Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital there are two outpatient facilities that, together, offer flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy as well as surgical procedures for a variety of anorectal problems. Transrectal ultrasound and other anorectal physiology evaluations are also available at the Roosevelt outpatient offices.

While our colorectal surgeons spend much time in the operating room, at least one member of our staff has office hours each day of the week in order to maximize our patient’s ability to be seen promptly.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to ensure that you and your family members obtain the best of outcomes. We recognize the complexity of colorectal diseases and provide the experience and wide range of expertise that is required for effective management. The Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital is a member of the Continuum Cancer Center of New York that is the second largest cancer center in the metropolitan area. As a result, our patients have access to the very best medical and radiation oncologists who specialize in gastrointestinal tumors. In addition, due to the close proximity of the outpatient facilities and offices to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, when the need arises, we are able to quickly and easily interact with our colleagues in gastroenterology, cardiology, and internal medicine.

The Division offers “state of the art” minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical methods that minimize the trauma to the abdomen and also decrease pain and shorten the hospital stay of patients who require colon or rectal resections. Division surgeons are also developing new, less invasive, combined laparoscopic and endoscopic methods for the removal of large benign polyps.

The Colorectal Division has the largest and best staffed anorectal physiology facility in the New York City area that evaluates and treats patients with rectal prolapse, rectocele, constipation, anismus, incontinence, and other defecation-related problems.

In addition to our extensive clinical services, the Colorectal Division also has a clinical and basic science research unit that is developing and testing safe anti-cancer drugs that can be used during the month before and after surgery.

We know that being diagnosed with a colon and rectal problem can be frightening. Our surgeons take the necessary time to explain to each patient what their problems is, to go over the tests needed for full evaluation, and to present the treatment options. Many patients are surprised to learn that many anorectal and colorectal problems can be managed and treated successfully without surgery.

We hope that your will take a look around our website and find it useful and informative. Please feel free to call one our expert surgeons for a consultation.

Meet the specialists
Melissa M. Alvarez-Downing, M.D.
Instructor
Division of Colorectal Surgery
(212) 523-4584
Fadi F. Attiyeh, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Surgical Oncology/ Hepatobiliary Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 307-1144
Kathryn Baxter, NP
Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse
Nipa D. Gandhi, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-7404
Richard L. Whelan, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Chief of Division, Colorectal Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-8172

Richard L. Whelan,
MD, FACS, FASCRS

Minimally Invasive Colorectal Resection to Treat Colon Cancer
- April 27, 2010