Columbia Hernia Center

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The Columbia Hernia Center brings together a group of world-class physicians focused on delivering the highest-quality hernia care possible. All of our surgeons are fellowship trained in advanced hernia repair and are thought leaders in the world of hernia surgery. They are adept in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, which through the center's own research has been shown to improve outcomes and quality of life compared to traditional methods.

Our goal is to continue to provide excellent clinical care, groundbreaking new research, top of the line surgical techniques, and uncompromising outcomes to patients from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond.

If you would like to set up a consultation, please call us at (212) 305-5947 or use our online appointment request form. We look forward to answering your questions and meeting your hernia care needs.


We are excited to announce two new outpatient offices in Hoboken, NJ and Jersey City, NJ. Appointments can be scheduled through a concierge service at (844) 211-2273.


Who We Treat

The Columbia Hernia Center offers care for those dealing with a new or recurrent hernia, no matter the complexity.

About Hernias


A hernia is a weakness or opening in the abdominal wall, which often results in soft tissue such as fat or intestine protruding through the abdominal muscles and occupying the space under the skin. The mechanism of a hernia is like what happens with a bulge in a damaged tire, where the inner tube, normally contained by the hard rubber of the tire, extends through a thin or weakened place. The opening in the abdominal wall that leads to the hernia is also known as a hernia defect.

Learn more about the different types of hernias, the causes, symptoms and treatments

Conditions We Treat

  • Inguinal (Groin) Hernias
  • Umbilical (Belly Button) Hernia
  • Ventral Hernias
  • Spigelian Hernias
  • Incisional Hernias
  • Recurrent Hernias
  • Hernia Incarceration/Strangulation
  • Rectus Diastasis
  • Lumbar, Obturator, and Flank Hernias
  • Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia)
  • Chronic Groin or Abdominal Wall Pain after Hernia Repair

Treatments We Offer

  • Open Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Robotic Hernia Repair
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Component Separation
  • Totally Extraperitoneal Hernia Repair
  • Non-Mesh Hernia Repair (Suture only repair)
  • Mesh Excision
  • Nerve Injections for Chronic Pain
  • Nerve Resection
  • Sports Hernia treatment
  • Hernia Repair under Minimal Anesthesia
  • Other General Surgery Procedures (i.e. gallbladder removal, lipoma or cyst removals)

If you do not see your condition or treatment listed, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at (212) 305-5947. We look forward to answering your questions and meeting your hernia care needs.

Learn more about types of hernias and their treatments.

Read our Hernia FAQs


Stories & Perspectives

State of the Union: Hernia Care in 2022

An interview with Yuri Novitsky, MD, Director of the Columbia Hernia Center, and Dina Podolsky, MD, Co-Director of the Columbia Hernia Center.


Highlights of Our Program

Comprehensive Hernia Care

At the Columbia Hernia Center, we are wholly dedicated to the care of hernia patients. As such, we ensure that our patients get the most expert care around. Whereas other surgeons may perform hernia repair as a small portion of our practice, you’ll see each of our practitioners as absolute experts in the field of hernia surgery. Because of this we can offer advanced hernia repair techniques not offered anywhere else with outcomes that are superior to any nearby center. At the Columbia Hernia Center, we also collaborate with physicians specializing in rehab medicine, physical therapy, sports medicine, interventional radiology, clinical nutrition, and orthopedic surgery. Because these specialties are all a part of the Hernia Center, you are always seen by physicians who are all familiar with the hernia repair and recovery process. When we fix hernias, we strive to do it with the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques available, to get you back to living your life to the fullest. When you are worried about getting your hernia fixed, do it right, the first time.

Pioneering Treatments

Abdominal wall and groin hernia repair techniques have undergone major advances in recent years, leading to smoother recovery, a reduction in recurrence rates, and a decrease in pain. One such technique was pioneered by the Hernia Center’s director, Dr. Yuri Novitsky: The transversus abdominis release. This allows for the reconstruction of the abdominal wall in order to fix massive hernias which were once thought unfixable. This technique has even been extended to be performed robotically, which allows for patients undergoing major abdominal wall reconstruction to even leave the hospital after a day or so.

Groundbreaking Research

Our center focuses on providing the most up-to-date care possible, and research is always ongoing throughout our center to improve outcomes for our patients. With the assistance of world class statisticians and investigators, the Hernia Center can analyze data for hernia repairs to determine the best approach to hernia care. This work is presented at major conferences including The Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), The American College of Surgeons (ACS), The Americas Hernia Society (AHS), and The European Hernia Society (EHS).

Availability and Convenience

Hernias can be painful, may compromise lifestyle, and in some cases can be dangerous if left untreated. Our center is always available to patients for consultation, surgical treatment, follow-up, or just for questions. We can typically provide appointments within a week and one of our surgeons is always on call for emergency situations. We have offices throughout Manhattan, at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Columbia’s Midtown offices and Columbia's Allen Hospital. For those patients from New Jersey, we also have offices in Hoboken and Jersey City.


Stories & Perspectives

A Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair Then Back to Golf

At 74, Larry Grunfeld was having a wonderful retirement, with plenty of time on the Connecticut golf course, hiking, and swimming to his heart’s content. Then in early 2018, he had pain in his side while walking, and while lying down. The discomfort was so intense, he couldn’t sleep. After his local physician found a hernia in his groin, Larry came to Columbia’s Comprehensive Hernia Center because he wanted the best possible care. He was treated by Dr. Yuri Novitsky, the Center’s director, and a pioneer in minimally-invasive repair that leaves patients with less pain and little down time.


Our Hernia Center Team

​​The Columbia Hernia Center comprises world-class, fellowship-trained hernia surgeons who have dedicated their professional careers to the performance and advancement of hernia surgery.

Hernia Surgeons

Yuri W. Novitsky, MD  | Director, Columbia Hernia Center
Medical School: Albany College
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Massachusetts
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts, Carolinas Medical Center

Dina Podolsky, MD | Co-Director, Columbia Hernia Center
Medical School: Rutgers University
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center

Philip George, MD | Faculty, Columbia Hernia Center
Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship: Anne Arundel Medical Center

Sports Medicine Specialists

For patients with sports hernias or pelvic floor injuries, collaborating with sports medicine specialists allow us to coordinate non-operative therapy, physical therapy, and therapeutic injections with or without eventual surgical therapy. Below are the sports medicine physician(s) affiliated with the Hernia Center:

Natasha Desai, MD



Kristian Johnson Von Rickenbach, MD


Orthopedic Surgery Specialist

Collaboration with orthopedic surgery is of utmost importance, as hip injury can manifest as groin pain, and surgical treatment of the injury may result in resolution of pain. Below are the orthopedic surgeon(s) affiliated with the Hernia Center:

Robert Christian, MD


Bariatric Surgery Specialist

For patients with large hernias who also meet criteria for weight loss surgery, we recommend evaluation with a bariatric surgeon. Not only will losing weight greatly improve quality of life, but it will also increase the chance that hernia repair will be successful and reduce the chances of recurrence. Below are the bariatric surgeon(s) affiliated with the Hernia Center:

Abraham Krikhely, MD


Nutrition and Medical Weight Loss Specialist

For patients with large hernias who do not meet criteria for weight loss surgery but are still overweight, there are multiple options for weight loss including nutritional advice and guided medical therapy. Below are the endocrine and weight loss physician(s) affiliated with the Hernia Center:

Judith Korner, MD, PhD


Assistants

Jennifer Suarez-Collazo


Steph Dejesus


Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Consalvo, FNP


Current Clinical Fellow of Surgery

Artem Shmelev, MD



Stories & Perspectives

After Hernia Surgery, Daniel Has a Larger Life

When he was only 4 years old, Daniel Borg was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a debilitating condition that causes weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, pain and cramping and bleeding from the rectum. For Daniel this meant a pretty challenging childhood—one marked by several operations, home schooling and a restricted social life.


Hernia Center Locations

We see patients at multiple locations for your convenience. Our providers are also available for virtual visits in the comfort of your own home.

Manhattan

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
The Herbert Irving Pavilion

161 Fort Washington Avenue (at West 165th Street), 5th Floor
NewYork, NY 10032

All of our providers see patients at this location

Columbia Doctors Midtown

51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Providers at this location: Yuri W. Novitsky, MD, Philip George, MD, Dina Podolsky, MD

New Jersey

ColumbiaDoctors – 308 Willow Avenue

308 Willow Avenue
Floor First
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Providers at this location: Philip George, MD

142 Palisade Ave
Suite 115
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Make an Appointment

The Columbia Hernia Center is ready to help build a personalized hernia care plan for you. We accept most major insurance plans and can verify your plan when you call to make your appointment.

To start your path to hernia relief, call us at (212) 305-5947 or use our online appointment request form.

Appointments at our Hoboken, NJ and Jersey City, NJ offices can be scheduled through a concierge service at (844) 211-2273.

For international patients, please contact the Global Services office at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital by either calling (212) 746-9100 or emailing at globalservices@nyp.org.


Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Fellowship

We are excited to announce our search for the 2023-2024 Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery Fellow. Find out more information on how to apply for this fellowship program.


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