Melissa M. Alvarez-Downing, M.D.

Department

Division of Colorectal Surgery

Medical Specialty

Colorectal Surgery

Education

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2001-2005

Internship: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2005-2006

Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center 2006-2010

Research Fellowship: Surgical Oncology at National Cancer Institute 2010-2012

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Florida 2012-2013

Specializations/Clinical Interests:

Laparoscopic Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis), Colorectal Cancer, Hereditary Colorectal Diseases, Colonic Polyps, Diverticulitis, Fecal Incontinence, Colonoscopy

Board Certifications:

American Board of General Surgery, American Board of Colorectal Surgery.

Academic Appointment:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Languages:

English, Spanish

Address

1111 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 4W, New York,
NY 10025 and 425 West 59th Street,
Suite 7B, New York, NY 10019
Office: 212-523-4584, Fax: 212-879-4912

Societies:

American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, New York Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Publications:

Alvarez-Downing MM, Kushal N, Inchauste SM, Khangura SK, Malech HL, Holland SM, Hughes MS, Heller T, Sherry RM. The role of surgery in the management of patients with refractory chronic granulomatous disease colitis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 May;56(5):609-14.

Wang A, Chandran S, Shah SA, Chiu Y, Paria BC, Aghamolla T, Alvarez-Dowining MM, Lee CC, Singh S, Li T, Dudley ME, Restifo NP, Rosenberg SA, Kammula US. The stoichiometric production of IL-2 and IFN-γ mRNA defines memory T cells that can self-renew after adoptive transfer in humans. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Aug 29;4(149):149.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Inchauste SM, Dudley ME, White DE, Wunderlich JR, Rosenberg SA, Kammula US. Minimally invasive liver resection to obtain tumor infiltrating lymphocytes for adoptive cell therapy in patients with metastatic melanoma. World J Surg Oncol. 2012 Jun 22;10(1):113.
Alvarez-Downing MM, Klaassen Z, Orringer R, Gilder M, Tarantino D, Chamberlain RS. Incidence of small bowel obstruction after laparoscopic and open colon resection. Am J Surg 2011 Mar;201(3):411-15.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Haubert LM, Van Koughnett JA, da Silva GM, Wexner SD, Sands DR. When does diverticulitis perforate? Manuscript submitted.

Alvarez-Downing MM and Weiss, EG. Colorectal Emergencies: Anorectal Sepsis. Manuscript submitted.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Inchauste SM, Atay S, Hughes MS, Pandalai P. Nature and incidence of gastrointestinal involvement in patients with metastatic melanoma: A single institution experience. Manuscript in preparation.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Inchauste SM, Beard RE, Shah AS, Steinberg SM, White DE, Ngo LT, Hughes MS, Phan G, Yang JC, Parkhurst MR, Morgan RA, Rosenberg SA, Dudley ME, Sherry RM. Adjuvant MART-1 cellular vaccine in patients with high-risk melanoma. Manuscript in preparation.

Chapters:

Alvarez-Downing, MM. and Cera, S. Operative Techniques in Surgery: Parastomal Hernia. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2014. In press.

Alvarez-Downing, MM and Maron, DJ. Minimally Invasive Approaches to Colon and Rectal Disease - Technique and Best Practices: Laparoscopy in Pregnant Patients. New York: Springer 2014. In press.

Presentations:

Alvarez-Downing MM, Haubert LM, Van Koughnett JA, da Silva GM, Wexner SD, Sands DR. When does diverticulitis perforate? Podium presentation at the 2013 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ.

Abstracts:

Alvarez-Downing MM, Haubert LM, Van Koughnett JA, da Silva GM, Wexner SD, Sands DR. When does diverticulitis perforate? Selected for podium presentation at the 2013 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ.

Haubert LM, Van Koughnett JA, Alvarez-Downing MM, da Silva GM, Wexner SD. How common are long-term motor and sensory complications of gracilis muscle transposition? Selected for poster presentation at the 2013 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ.

Van Koughnett JA, Alvarez-Downing MM, Haubert LM, da Silva GM, Wexner SD. The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques by colon and rectal surgeons. Selected for poster presentation at the 2013 Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, Liverpool, Ireland.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Kushal N, Inchauste SM, Malech HL, Gallin JI, Holland SM, Hughes MS,  Sherry RM, Heller T. The role of surgery in the management of patients with refractory chronic granulomatous disease colitis. Poster presentation at the 2012 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, San Antonio, TX.

Kammula US, Wang A, Chiu Y, Aghamolla T, Paria B, Alvarez-Downing M, Mudigonda T, Ramadorai V. New ammunition to fight cancer: The rapid isolation and adoptive transfer of central memory derived CD8+ T cell clones to patients with metastatic melanoma. Surgery Branch, CCR, NCI. Abstract presentation at the 2011 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat, Rockville, MD.

Alvarez-Downing MM, Klaassen Z, Orringer R, Gilder M, Tarantino D, Chamberlain RS. Incidence of small bowel obstruction after laparoscopic and open colon resection. Abstract presentation at the 2010 American College of Surgeons Midwest Surgical Association, Mackinac, MI.

Alvarez M, Ghalyaie N, Kigongo S. Metastatic mucinous carcinoma of likely colonic origin in a 13 year old patient: A case report. Department of Surgery, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Poster presentation at the 2009 SBMC Department of Surgery Research Day, Livingston, NJ.

Alvarez M. Is the extent of pathological response to preoperative chemoradiotherapy a reliable prognostic marker of overall survival in locally advanced rectal cancer? 2008. A research proposal.

Bukur M, Ghanta H, Italiano F, Binetti B, Alvarez M. Fast track colorectal surgery in a community hospital: Do we practice what we teach? Department of Surgery, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Poster presentation at the 2008 SBMC Department of Surgery Research Day, Livingston, NJ.

Alvarez M, Horowitz C, Zaldivar A. A culturally sensitive peer-education intervention for diabetic patients living in East Harlem. Department of Health Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Abstract presentation at the 2002 Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Research Day.
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
Lester Gottesman, MD
Colorectal Surgery
(212) 675-2997
Melissa M. Alvarez-Downing, M.D.
Division of Colorectal Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-4584
Nipa D. Gandhi, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-7404
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,
MD, FACS, FASCRS

Minimally Invasive Colorectal Resection to Treat Colon Cancer
- April 27, 2010