Training & Research

We pride ourselves on our ability to educate the next generation of surgeons, as well as our successes in the  advancement of the knowledge of small bowel and colorectal diseases. Our division has a rich tradition of training young surgeons. This is exemplified by the career of Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, co-founder of one of our national societies and a consummate educator. The depth and breadth of our surgical practice allows us to impart a near unrivalled experience for our medical students, surgical residents and colorectal surgery fellows. Trainees and visiting scholars from around the world spend time with us learning about the treatment of both simple and complex colorectal disease. U.S. and international visitors from countries such as China, Pakistan, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Hungary, United Kingdom and Jamaica have spent time in the Division.  Visitors, students and trainees have the opportunity to experience a wide range of open and minimally invasive procedures, including advanced minimally invasive operations (Laparoscopic / Robotic / Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery or SILS) and complex re-operative surgeries (ileo-anal pouch / re-do ileoanal pouch / continent ileostomy (k-pouch) / complex enterocutaneous fistula surgery / salvage restorative surgery / pelvic exenteration / intra-operative radiation treatment). 

Our division is an integral part of the General Surgery Residency Program at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as the combined NYP Columbia / Cornell Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program. One measure of our success is our ability to inspire young surgeons into Colorectal Surgery careers. Over the last 5 years, there has been an increasing interest in colorectal surgery amongst our students and residents. This has been driven by the increase in surgical volume,  teaching and research opportunities in the division. Over the last 5 vears, five of our general surgery residents / research fellows have successfully matched into ACGME accredited colorectal surgery fellowship programs around the country. 

Clinical Colorectal Fellowship

Our program is part of the combined bi-campus Columbia-Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital Fellowship program. Colorectal surgery fellows at our campus obtain experience in anorectal and abdominal procedures, as well as colonoscopy. Ample exposure to straightforward operative procedures, minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic, robotic and SILS procedures, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS),  transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) and complex re-operative surgery such as redo pouch surgery, enterocutaneous fistula management, pelvic exenteration and K pouch procedures is available. 


We have a comprehensive outcomes research program that allows interested trainees to undertake and excel in research related to colorectal surgery. The division has had more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals as well as several book chapters and review articles over the last 5 years. Findings from the division’s research projects are presented at multiple national and international meetings each year. The Division actively participates in national practice guidelines committees and coauthoring textbooks related to colorectal surgery.