The History of Manhattan Surgical Associates
About Our Skilled Colorectal Surgeons
Manhattan Surgical Associates began in January 1964 with the partnership
of Dr. Arthur H. Aufses, Jr. and Dr. Isadore Kreel, two exceptional gastrointestinal
surgeons. The practice grew, and in 1970 they were joined by Dr. Irwin
M. Gelernt as the third member of the group. Dr. Gelernt was quickly recognized
as one of the most talented surgeons in the country for the surgical management
of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In 1970, Manhattan Surgical
Associates became the first professional corporation (PC) in New York
State. Dr. Joel J. Bauer joined in 1976 and Dr. Stephen R. Gorfine was
added in 1987. Since then, we have selected and recruited only our top
surgical and colorectal residents to join and grow our practice. Dr. David
B. Chessin was added in 2008, and our newest member, Dr. Daniel A. Popowich,
joined us in 2013.
To benefit from our history of excellence in surgical procedures, call
Manhattan Surgical Associates at 646.798.4606.
A History of Breakthrough Colorectal Procedures
Manhattan Surgical Associates helped pioneer the continent ileostomy, or
Kock Pouch, in the surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis. To date,
we have performed over 600 Kock pouch procedures, one of the largest experiences
in the world.
In 1979, restorative proctocolectomy with ileal J pouch (“the J-pouch
procedure”) was introduced for patients with ulcerative colitis
and familial adenomatous polyposis. In 1980 we performed the first of
these procedures at Mount Sinai. We are leaders in the performance of
this procedure as a single surgery allowing many of our patients to completely
avoid a stoma. To date, we have performed over 1400 restorative proctocolectomies,
750 of them without ileostomies. Of these, over 400 were performed as
a one stage procedure. This remains one of the largest experiences with
this operation worldwide.
In 1995, we published one of the first series of laparoscopic small intestinal
and colonic resections for Crohn's disease A study of our extensive
experience with minimally invasive procedures for inflammatory bowel disease
was published in 2008. We have helped develop laparoscopic restorative
proctocolectomy and in 2008 we published details concerning our experience
with this procedure.
Currently, we are working on advancing the following:
- Establishing minimally-invasive procedures for the treatment of colorectal disease
- Assisting in the development of colorectal surgical technology
- Finding better treatment options for intestinal disease and abdominal wall hernias
- Treatments of benign and malignant anorectal diseases
Mt. Sinai Affiliation
Manhattan Surgical Associates has a long standing affiliation with the
Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Medical Center is a large teaching institution located
on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In the most recent
US News and World Reports Best Hospitals edition, Mount Sinai ranked eighth in Gastroenterology and
GI Surgery, ranked ninth nationally in adult specialities, and seventh
in pediatric specialties.
Dr. Bauer and Dr. Gorfine are Professors of Surgery and Dr. Chessin and
Dr. Popowich are Assistant Professors of Surgery at the Icahn School of
Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our practice plays a significant role in the
training of fellows, residents, and medical students. Dr Bauer was the
Surgical Clerkship Coordinator and Director of the surgical clerkship
for the School of Medicine from 1985-1999 and Director of Surgical Education
from 1997-99. Our doctors are active in the mentoring and training of
medical students, surgical residents, and colorectal residents. We are
instrumental in fostering colorectal research at the institution.