Columbia Hernia Center

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The Columbia Hernia Center brings together a group of world-class surgeons 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.


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, hernia surgeon.


Who We Treat

The Hernia Center offers care to any adult dealing with a new or recurrent hernia, no matter the level of 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 causes, symptoms, and treatments of hernias.

Conditions We Treat

  • Inguinal Hernias
  • Ventral Hernias
  • Spigelian Hernias
  • Incisional Hernias
  • Recurrent Hernias
  • Hernia Incarceration/Strangulation
  • Rectus Diastasis

Treatments We Offer

  • Open Surgical Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic component separation
  • Totally Extraperitoneal Hernia Repair
  • SubCutaneous Onlay Laparoscopic Approach (SCOLA) Repair

Learn more about types of hernias and their treatments.


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.


Highlights of Our Program

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.


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


Dina Podolsky, MD


Spencer E. Amory, MD, FACS


Philip George, MD


Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Suarez-Collazo

Nurse Practitioner

Ilona Rabinovich, FNP

Current Clinical Fellow of Surgery

Kim Coughlin, 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, Dina Podolsky, MD

The Allen Hospital

5141 Broadway (at West 220th Street), 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10034

Providers at this location: Spencer E. Amory, MD, FACS

New Jersey

ColumbiaDoctors – 308 Willow Avenue

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


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.


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