St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center


Case Mix/Number of Cases: Our program has a well-balanced case mix. Approximately 60% of cases completed by our colorectal resident are abdominal (90% laparoscopic), 40% anorectal (wide variety) and 200 colonoscopies are performed.

Strengths of Program: The program provides an excellent representative experience in the entire field of colon and rectal surgery. Continuity of care is a feature of the program, with the colorectal resident working closely with the colorectal faculty, in both the office and hospital settings. Colorectal didactic conferences and GI Tumor Board conferences are combined with all hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System, providing a robust educational experience for the colorectal resident.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The resident spends time each week in the office working alongside colorectal faculty seeing new patients and follow-up visits. There is an active anorectal physiology lab in the office that studies patients with functional bowel disorders. Endoanal and endorectal ultrasound, flexible sigmoidoscopy and minor anorectal surgery are performed in an office-based setting.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: The colorectal surgery service is combined with the general surgery service at both Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital and is covered by a full complement of general surgery residents along with the colorectal surgery resident. The colorectal surgery resident is expected to function as a “junior attending,” teaching junior residents in the OR and on the floor.

Conferences: Weekly didactic colorectal conference with all hospitals in Mount Sinai Health System; weekly GI Tumor Board with all hospitals in Mount Sinai Health System; weekly general surgery M&M and Grand Rounds; CARSEP® review twice monthly; Journal Club monthly. The CREST® curriculum is also available to the colorectal surgery resident.

Anorectal Physiology: An active lab performs anorectal manometry, endoanal and endorectal sonography and pudendal nerve terminal motor latency studies. MRI defecography and colonic transit studies are routinely performed off-site, but images are reviewed by faculty with the colorectal resident.

Outside Rotation: A two-month rotation to Mount Sinai Hospital is provided. During this time, the colorectal resident will cover all colorectal cases, with a special emphasis on inflammatory bowel disease cases. The Mount Sinai Hospital resident will be rotating at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's during this two-month exchange.

Research Year: A dedicated research year is not required; however, the fellow is expected to be involved in a project that can be submitted for presentation to a regional or national meeting.

Requirement for Paper: A presentation at a regional meeting or the annual ASCRS meeting is expected. The colorectal resident has the opportunity to participate in active, on-going basic science and clinical research at our institution.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: The resident attends all local meetings of the New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting. Attendance at additional meetings or courses can be arranged.

Faculty Listing

Nipa Gandhi, MD
Richard Whelan, MD
Lester Gottesman, MD

Recent Fellow Placement

2017-2018: Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
2016-2017: Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
2015-2016: Windsor Regional Hospital, Ontario, Canada
2014-2015: Texas Tech University, El Paso, TX
2013-2014: MSKCC Advanced Colorectal Surgical Oncology Fellowship, TriHealth Surgical Institute, Cincinnati, OH

Recent Fellow Publications

Nipa Gandhi, MD
Dana'e Parker
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Number of Positions Offered:

  • Clinical: 1
  • Research: none

Accreditation Status

Next Scheduled (Self-Study) Visit

Case Numbers – Past Five Years

Abdominal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Segmental Colectomy
Laparoscopic Resection
Low Anterior Resection
Abdominoperineal Resection
Proctocolectomy Total
Proctocolectomy w/Ileostomy
Proctocolectomy w/Ileoanal Reservoir
Prolapse Repair Total
Prolapse Repair Abdominal
Prolapse Repair Perineal
Stomas Total
Stomas Complications
Pelvic Dissections
Abdominal Procedure Total
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Colonoscopy Total
Colonoscopy Diagnostic 123
Colonoscopy w/Intervention
Pelvic Floor Evaluation
Endoscopy/Pelvic Floor Total
Anorectoal Procedure 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20
Endorectal Advancement Flap
Fecal Incontinence Procedures
Internal Sphincterotomy
Transanal Excision
Anorectoal Procedure Total