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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | ASCRS

Program Director: 
Randolph Steinhagen, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
5 East 98th Street, Box 1259
Fellowship Training Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery
New York, NY 10029
United States
(212) 241-3797
(212) 534-2654

Program Coordinator: Deanna Pagan 


Number of Residents (per year): 1

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 8

Salary/Year: PGY6 - $79,393

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Approximately 225 anorectal, 225 abdominal and 250 rigid and flexible endoscopies.

Strengths of Program: Large volume of IBD surgery including pelvic pouches, large volume of complex reoperative surgery and broad laparoscopic experience, strong academic program, integration with general surgery teaching program, strong faculty dedicated to teaching, major medical center in New York City.

Clinic and/or Office Experience: The structure of program is such that the CRS resident spends two to four months with each of four groups of surgical attendings. During that time, the CRS resident scrubs with the assigned attendings and goes to the office with them during the time they see patients. There is also a weekly CRS Clinic that is run by the CRS resident under the supervision of one of the CRS trained attendings.  The resident functions as an attending for operative cases generated from the Clinic.  There is a two month rotation at Mount Sinai West (Roosevelt) during which time their CRS resident rotates to the main Mount Sinai campus.  One day each week is at the Bronx VA Hospital doing colonoscopy with a GI attending.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Close cooperation between the CRS resident and the general surgery residents is required for a successful experience. There is a team of general surgery residents consisting of a chief resident (PGY 5), two seniors (PGY 3 and 4) and three-four junior residents (PGY 1 and 2). They take care of all the patients and scrub on the cases of the attendings other than the one the CRS resident is assigned to (or on the cases of the CRS resident's attending, when the CRS resident is otherwise occupied with other responsibilities such as colonoscopy or clinic). The CRS resident functions as the chief of the service consisting of the patients of his assigned attending and the clinic patients. The junior general surgery residents assist the CRS resident. One junior general surgery resident is designated "Rectal Resident" for the month and comes to CRS clinic with the CRS resident, and scrubs on the cases of the CRS clinic patients.


  • Colorectal Surgery conference: Once/week – the CRS resident is responsible for preparation of CRS M&M once/month and preparation of a formal lecture presentation once/two months; also includes monthly Journal Club.  Televideo with Mount Sinai West.
  • "Attending Rounds": Once/week - run by the general surgery residents; attended by the CRS attendings, residents and medical students on the CRS service
  • General Surgery M & M: Once/week
  • General surgery Grand Rounds: Once/week
  • GI Endoscopy conference: Once/week – presentation of endoscopy and laparoscopy interesting cases by GI fellows and attendings’ and surgical attendings’
  • GI pathology conference: Once/week – run by GI pathology attendings; attending by pathology residents, GI & medicine residents and CRS resident

Research Year: Not offered.

Requirement for Paper: Must submit at least one abstract for presentation at ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Opportunities to Attend Meetings: Expected to attend all meetings of New York Society of CRS (no charge); paid trip to any and all national meetings at which the CRS resident has a podium or poster presentation; will pay for one other trip to any national meeting relevant to CRS; will pay for travel to dry lab and animal laparoscopy courses sponsored by ASCRS.