Colorectal Fellowship

The Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery currently offers a one-year ABCRS-certified fellowship for one graduating general surgery chief resident per year. Applications to the Colon Rectal Fellowship are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and all appointments to these programs are made through the National Resident Match Program (the "match").

About the Fellowship

There is one available position per year. There are currently four American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery certified faculty members involved in the fellowship encompassing all areas of colon and rectal disease.


The program and hospital is a major teaching affiliate of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Case Numbers

The case mix is currently 60% abdominal and 40% anorectal procedures. A high volume of minimally invasive surgery is performed and graduating fellows get a good exposure to both open and laparoscopic surgery. Graduates perform around 300 ambulatory-based endoscopic procedures as well as diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopic and flexible endoscopic examinations annually on the service.

Strengths of Program

The program provides an excellent balance representative of the entire field of colon and rectal surgery. There is a high volume of laparoscopic surgery offered as the fellow gets experience in the full gamut of benign and malignant conditions including an excellent exposure to functional disorders such as constipation, pelvic outlet disorders, incontinence and prolapse. The program also provides expertise in office management and surgical treatment of a wide variety of acute anorectal disease, ambulatory office-based anorectal procedures and exposure to a state of the art anorectal physiology lab.

Teaching and Conferences

PGY-1 through 5 general surgical residents rotate on the service at all times. Designated specialty weekly Colon and Rectal conference with radiology and pathology is held with the general surgery house staff and faculty. Monthly journal club with faculty members are also held. Residents are expected to critically analyze and critique the most current literature and present these findings during conferences.

Anorectal Physiology

An active lab performs anorectal manometry, trans-rectal sonography, cinedefecography, colonic transit studies, electromyography and pudendal nerve terminal motor latency studies and sees approximately 250 patients per year.

Outside Rotations and Research

There is a three week rotation at the Cleveland Clinic Florida included for additional inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience. A research year is currently unavailable, but internal funding is available for original work.

A research project with presentation at the annual ASCRS meeting is expected of all fellows.

Those applicants selected for interviews will be notified by the Fellowship Selection Committee, and further instructions will be included in that notification. Due to volume, denial letters are not sent to those not selected.

All correspondence should be mailed to:

Zaida Castillo
Colon & Rectal Fellowship Coordinator
Administrative Assistant, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery – Muhlenberg 2
Mount Sinai St. Luke's
1111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 523-2718
Fax: (212) 523-5344

FREIDA and NRMP Information

FREIDA ID: 060-35-21-034
NRMP ID: 2070060F0

Program Requirements and Regulations

All applicants must have completed an accredited general surgical training program before entering into the fellowship. Documentation must be attained by diploma of the resident prior to starting the fellowship. No moonlighting is allowed during the fellowship year.

Benefits, Housing, and After You Are Accepted!

Benefits are provided as per the house staff agreement via the Committee of Interns and Residents. The Graduate Medical Education office at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center website allows you to view all the benefits, policies, rules and regulations, and housing opportunities available to surgical house staff. It also contains links to the necessary application forms for housing and employment.

Meet the specialists
Fadi F. Attiyeh, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Surgical Oncology/ Hepatobiliary Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 307-1144
Kathryn Baxter, NP
Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse
Nipa D. Gandhi, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-7404
Lester Gottesman, MD
Colorectal Surgery
(212) 675-2997
Richard L. Whelan, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Chief of Division, Colorectal Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-8172

Richard L. Whelan,

Minimally Invasive Colorectal Resection to Treat Colon Cancer
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