Our Approach and Expertise

The Division of General Surgery specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases in the abdomen — in particular, diseases of the stomach, gallbladder, spleen, small intestine, large intestine (colon), and rectum. We perform repair of hernias, treat patients with surgical emergencies, perform biopsies, and remove growths from different parts of the body. Procedures are frequently performed using minimal access (laparoscopic and endoscopic) techniques.

With their broad experience, advanced training, and the extensive resources of a major academic institution, faculty in the Division of General Surgery are uniquely qualified to provide accurate diagnosis and individualized surgical management of common and unusual abdominal diseases.

The Division treats patients at three convenient locations: the main Columbia University Medical Center campus, the Allen Hospital, and Lawrence Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Acute Care Surgery

To ensure the best care possible for patients who require immediate surgery due to acute surgical problems or trauma, the Division includes a dedicated Acute Care Surgery team. One of the first such teams in the nation and the first in the New York metropolitan area, this group is available 24/7 to perform emergency general surgery, trauma surgery, and surgical critical care, as well as elective general surgery.

The availability of this special team offers important benefits to patients under their care. The team discusses each patient’s case every day and provides comprehensive care (including all pre-surgical and post-operative treatment), which improves efficiency and the overall quality of care. Because the team is available to perform surgery around the clock, members can attend to patients’ needs more quickly than if they had to schedule surgery and wait for other surgeons to be available. This means that patients treated in this Division get into surgery and out of the hospital faster.