Patient Education and Information

The Media Learning Center features educational videos, animations of procedures, and other resources created by Department of Surgery experts. Initially developed for patients, these resources contain highly specific, up-to-date information that is also valuable for clinicians who wish to learn from top experts about the latest treatment options.

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Weight LossMinimal Access
Marc Bessler, MD
A sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure that removes most of the stomach – reducing the size of the stomach and simultaneously reducing the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin.
ColorectalSecond Opinion
Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD
Dr. Ravi P. Kiran welcomes patients to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day event.
James A. Lee, MD
Dr. James Lee discusses a minimally invasive thyroid lobectomy – a procedure used to remove one of the two lobes of the thyroid gland.
The parathyroid glands are four small but important glands, and in most people they are located directly behind the thyroid.
The surgical removal of the adrenal glands (adrenalectomy) can put various abdominal organs at risk. However, a technique known as retroperitoneal adrenalectomy approaches the adrenals from the back — Allowing for a safer and less complex procedure.
Deborah Gerzberg, Clinical Nutritionist at Columbia's Pancreas Center, discusses the important role of diet during treatment for pancreatic cancer.
James A. Lee, MD
Throughout the month of September, the NY Thyroid‐Parathyroid Center at NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia will be posting informative blogs, patient testimonials, and educational pieces to help raise awareness about the screening, diagnosis and the treatment of thyroid cancer. In this video, Dr. James Lee, Co-Director of the Columbia Thyroid Center, guides us through a detailed animation of a minimally invasive total thyroidectomy procedure.
Deborah Gerzberg RD, Clinical Nutritionist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses how to gain weight in a healthy manner.
Dr. Robert Brown discusses some common risk factors of hepatitis.