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Joel Bauer, MD Testimonials

Joel Bauer, MD

  • You are the best of the best!

    I am writing to express my family’s appreciation and gratitude for the outstanding care you and your staff have provided to our son, Tim. At a time in Tim’s life when the scourge of Crohn’s and Colitis severely impacted him your unequaled surgical skills restarted his life. Acting in consultation with his New Jersey physician, Dr. Paul K. Lerer, and Dr. Simon Lichtiger in New York, you created a plan of treatment to prepare him for his surgeries which were all successfully completed. Tim is a runner, who ran cross country in high school and college and his ability to do so was greatly restricted by his illness. Fortunately, he is now able to resume running and coaching his young students which he truly loves, so much so on the day he returned home from his last surgery, he went to watch the kids practice. He has used his illness to demonstrate to his students that no obstacle is too great to overcome. Your skills as a surgeon have allowed Tim to get on with his life and there are no words which can adequately express our gratitude. During this entire process your confidence and constant reassurance helped not only Tim, but my wife Linda and I get through a parents’ nightmare, the illness of a child. I would be remiss if I did not mention the support of your surgical team, the staff at Mt. Sinai, and your office staff as well. The all exhibited the highest degree of professionalism, which is a reflection of your influence and guidance. You are the best of the best!

  • Thank you for the excellent care!

    I just wanted to send a thank you note for the excellent care you are providing for my uncle. Your surgical skills and your aftercare communication is a huge source of comfort to my aunt and myself.

  • He is truly a miracle worker and I will forever be grateful to him for saving my life.

    After a visit to the emergency room in April of 2014 (3 days after my husband and I got home from our honeymoon) my world was rocked permanently because of a recurrence of Crohn’s disease and complications following 2 surgeries at a local NJ hospital. Every aspect of the life I knew and enjoyed got turned completely upside-down. I am not sure I would be here today if I didn't get transferred to the Mount Sinai Hospital and put under the care of the surgeon Dr. Joel Bauer. After multiple hospital stays and surgeries, not only does he continue to be my doctor, but also my cheerleader, friend and true expert when it comes to my health. Because of Dr. Bauer and his expertise and experience in dealing with such severe conditions as I was in, I am alive today. Without hesitation, I can say that going forward Dr. Bauer is the only surgeon that I trust with my life. He is truly a miracle worker and I will forever be grateful to him for saving my life.

  • Dr. Bauer never gave up on me!

    I was 15 years old when I first met Dr. Bauer and Dr. Gelernt. A very sick young woman 'shopping around' for a surgeon to perform an emergency surgery to remove my large intestine ravaged by ulcerative colitis - an inflammatory bowel disease that runs the spectrum of severity. In my case I had no other choice but surgery and Dr. Bauer was offering me the chance at what was considered at the time to be the 'state of the art' operation that only few surgeons were performing. It would be a way for me to live my life without a bag. I would have no way of knowing at the time I first met Dr. Bauer that it was only the beginning of a more than 30 year relationship with a man that was not only my surgeon, but the clerkship director of my surgery rotation while I was a third year medical student at Mount Sinai Medical School, and now he is a colleague and someone I consider to be my friend. Despite many corrective surgeries over the years Dr. Bauer never gave up on me and had the sense and interest to see I was a fighter just like him. With his surgical genius I was able to marry, raise two healthy amazing young men, and become a journalist, a physician, and national leader in teaching physicians and healthcare providers to be more effective communicators with their patients, mostly based on my experiences as a patient and now as a physician. My unique life experiences have given me a perspective most patients don't have. The relationship a patient has with their surgeon is just as important as the surgeon's expertise. And this relationship is not one size fits all. It doesn't take a lot of time for a surgeon to get to really know their patient and what they want and what they can handle. But it does take a special surgeon to know that this is an important and essential ingredient in a successful relationship with their patient, thereby improving health and surgical results. I required many surgeries over 30 years - all with Dr. Bauer. Never once did I consider another opinion because of my trust in his surgical expertise, his reputation, and who he is as a man.

  • Beyond being a great surgeon, he is very professional and takes the time to explain what is involved with each procedure, makes you feel comfortable to ask questions and does it all with great compassion.

    Dr. Joel Bauer has been my doctor for close to 20 years. After suffering for many years with Ulcerative Colitis, it was during a flair up and treatment in my local hospital that my colon perforated and I needed immediate surgery. I was given Dr. Bauer’s name as the expert in performing successful sub-total colectomies and was at the cutting edge of this complicated procedure. He and his team were making big strides in performing this surgery with the least amount of complications, time spent in the hospital for recovery, and great success rates. My surgery and recovery were extremely successful and I know that it is because of Dr. Bauer and his surgical excellence. Beyond being a great surgeon, he is very professional and takes the time to explain what is involved with each procedure, makes you feel comfortable to ask questions and does it all with great compassion.

  • I cannot thank you enough for all you did for us. I am happier and freer that I have been in twenty years.

    All is going well and improving daily. We are so incredibly happy that he had another good scan. What a relief. I cannot thank you enough for all you did for us. I am happier and freer than I have felt in twenty years. Thank you for knowing just how much this surgery meant to me and thank you for not giving up when things got difficult. You are truly the best. Number 1!

  • Dr. Bauer has been a very concerned and dedicated physician and surgeon. His expertise and experience in the field and specifically about my medical history has been outstanding.

    I have been a patient of Manhattan Surgical Associates for approximately 40 years. My initial surgery was performed by Dr. Gelernt with continued care then and over the years by Dr. Bauer. During this time, Dr. Bauer has been a very concerned and dedicated physician and surgeon. His expertise and experience in the field and specifically about my medical history has been outstanding. He is very responsive to emergency calls and does not hesitate with a quick office visit and also to refer me for immediate attention to a colleague within and outside the practice. If warranted, he phones colleagues and arranges for me to be seen the same day. Dr. Bauer always returns phone calls and information about my condition is always detailed for my understanding. Dr. Bauer and everyone in the office are caring and compassionate, qualities that are particularly comforting for a patient.

  • He is an amazing surgeon who put my life back together. His after care was great as he was always attentive and concerned with my well being.

    Dr. Bauer performed surgery (jpouch) on me two years ago. He is an amazing surgeon who put my life back together. His aftercare was great as he was always attentive and concerned with my well-being. Dr. Bauer got to the root of any problems I had quickly and did stop until everything was right. I would highly recommend Dr. Bauer as he is a brilliant surgeon and very dedicated to the care of his patients.

  • Thank you for all your help and for being so caring!

    Thank you for all your help and for being so caring!

  • Thank God there are angels like you that will allow me to make him happy for the rest of his life.

    Dear Dr. Bauer, I cannot thank you enough for saving my husband's life. When I spoke to you after his surgery, I knew it was much more difficult than you let on. I've been with Mike for 10 years, but we just got married this past January. Thank God there are angels like you that will allow me to make him happy for the rest of his life.

  • We think of you often and thank you for the care extended to Vin in previous years. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.

    We think of you often and thank you for the care extended to Vin in previous years. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.

  • With much gratitude we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care provided during our medical crisis of July 2006.

    With much gratitude we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care provided during our medical crisis of July 2006.

  • Thanks for giving me my life back.

    Thanks for giving me my life back. I am so grateful & appreciative. Thank you!

  • I am so grateful that I was under the care of Dr. Bauer and his colleagues. I highly recommend Manhattan Surgical.

    The doctors at Manhattan Surgical are the best of the best. You could not ask for a more skilled, innovative team of gastrointestinal experts. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer in 2010. Dr. Bauer performed the complicated surgeries I needed with exceptional outcomes, and he was involved in all aspects of my recovery. I am so grateful that I was under the care of Dr. Bauer and his colleagues. I highly recommend Manhattan Surgical.

  • Dr Bauer is a very gifted person. He changed my life.

    I would like to thank Dr Bauer for putting me back together. I had 2 previous surgery's in New Jersey and was still having problems so I was referred to Dr Bauer from my Brother who is a GI Doctor in NJ. I am very blessed to have had Doctor Bauer. After 2 planned complicated Surgery's, I am now put together and recovering at home after not even 1 month after my last surgery. Dr Bauer is a very gifted person. He changed my life. Love you Dr Bauer