Physician’s Profile

Benjamin Kuritzkes, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Dr. Benjamin Kuritzkes is board certified in general surgery, and specialty trained in colorectal surgery and critical care medicine. His practice focuses on the operative management of colorectal disease including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and anorectal conditions. He is skilled in minimally invasive surgical techniques, and uses laparoscopy and robotic surgery whenever indicated.

Dr. Kuritzkes graduated from Yale University, and attended medical school at New York University. He completed his surgical residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center. During his training, he received the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award, as well as numerous grants and awards related to his scientific research. While at Columbia University, he also completed fellowship training in critical care medicine. He subsequently received additional advanced training in colorectal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Kuritzkes endeavors to find the best, individualized treatment plan for each of his patients, and often employs a multi-disciplinary approach to maximize treatment success, quality of life, and survival. His research interests include methods of reducing surgical infections, and fluid resuscitation in the peri-operative period.


Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching, Columbia University Medical Center, 2019.

First Prize in Clinical Science research award, Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology. Awarded for abstract: Intra-operative hyperoxia and risk of surgical site infection after colorectal surgery, 2018.

Dr. Kenneth A. Forde Award, Columbia University Department of Surgery, for the highest scoring grant application. Kuritzkes BA, Lee-Kong SA, 2017.

Research Award and Grant, Columbia University Department of Surgery. Does intra-tumoral genomic heterogeneity in rectal cancer influence degree of response to neoadjuvant therapy? Kuritzkes BA, Lee-Kong SA, 2017.

Resident Research Award and Grant, Columbia University Department of Surgery. Utility of visceral fat area and other CT-derived anthropometrics in predicting outcomes after elective surgery for diverticulitis. Kuritzkes BA, Pappou EP, 2017.

Zoccali MB, Kuritzkes BA, Hyde A, , et al. Didactic video publication: Laparoscopic fecal diversion: loop sigmoid colostomy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2020 Oct;63(10):e521-e522.
Kuritzkes BA, Cao Y, Baser O, Thomas N, Forde KA, Kiran RP. New barrier attire regulations in the operating room: a mandate without basis? Am J Surg. 2019 Sep;218(3):447-451.
Kulayat AS, Pappou E, Philip MM, Kuritzkes BA, Ortenzi G, Hollenbeak CS, Choi C, Messaris E. Emergent colon resections: does surgeon specialization influence outcomes? Dis Colon Rect. 2019 Jan;62(1):79-87.
Hyde LZ, Al-Mazrou AM, Kuritzkes BA, Suradkar K, Valizadeh N, Kiran RP. Readmissions after colorectal surgery: not all are equal. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2018 Dec;33(12):1667-1674.
Kuritzkes BA, Pappou EP, Kiran RP, Baser O, Fan L, Guo X, Zhao B, Bentley-Hibbert S. Visceral fat area, not body mass index, predicts postoperative 30-day morbidity in patients undergoing colon resection for cancer. Int J Colorect Dis. 2018 Aug;33(8):1019-1028.