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Stephen Gorfine

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  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, Univ. of Mass Medical School

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Residency, Surgery
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Residency, Colorectal Surgery
    Ferguson Hospital


    After graduating from Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Gorfine began his career at Mount Sinai in 1978 as a resident in Internal Medicine. He completed the three-year residency program and was successful in obtaining certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. At the completion of his medical residency, Dr. Gorfine began a four-and-a-half year surgical residency, capped by a six-month period as the Department's first Teaching Resident in Surgery. Dr. Gorfine devised and implemented a novel curriculum designed exclusively for the third-year surgical clerks. Dr Gorfine's teaching abilities were recognized by The Arthur H. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery awarded to him in May 1985.

    In July 1986, Dr. Gorfine left Mount Sinai for a one-year residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Ferguson Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He returned to Mount Sinai to enter clinical practice in July 1987. Dr. Gorfine was certified by the American Board of Surgery (1986) and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (1987). He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1989 and a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons in 1990. In 1995 he was the first surgeon in clinical practice to be elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

    Dr. Gorfine has been active in clinical research, most notably in the field of benign anal diseases. He performed the initial investigations concerning the use of nitroglycerin for the treatment of anal fissures and hemorrhoids. This work led to sole authorship of publications in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and The New England Journal of Medicine . The use of nitroglycerin in the treatment of anal fissures has gained widespread popularity, and is considered by many the initial treatment of first choice.

    In addition to this work, Dr. Gorfine is recognized as a leader in the field of surgery for inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Gorfine devised and maintains a prospective database of all patients in his practice undergoing restorative proctocolectomy. Dr. Gorfine and his practice were pioneers in the technique of restorative proctocolectomy without temporary diversion. He has published 33 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters.

    Dr. Gorfine remains an active and respected member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He has served as a reviewer for their journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. He has also served on numerous national committees of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, including the Self Assessment Committees, and most recently, the Socioeconomic Committee and the Program Committee. Dr. Gorfine is a past President of The New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and he remains active as a Council member of that organization.

    Dr. Gorfine has been popularly identified as a leader in the field of colonand rectal surgery. He has been recognized by NY Magazine as one of New York's "Top Doctors" for the past 13 years. He has been included in Castle-Connolly's "Top Doctors: New York Metro Edition"  and "America's Top Doctors" for many years.


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    America's Top Doctors
    Castle Connolly

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    Top Doctors: New York Metro Area
    Castle Connolly

  • 2006 -
    Best Doctors In New York
    New York Magazine

  • 1993 -
    Physician of the Year
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Nursing

  • 1985 -
    Arthur H. Aufses, Sr. Prize in Surgery


Anorectal diseases, Inflammatory bowel disease

Restorative proctocolectomy without ileostomy Sphincter saving procedures for rectal cancer Procedures for benign anorectal diseases


Kwun KB, Gorfine SR, Berman M, Iberti TJ, Bryan-Brown CW. Percutaneous catheterization of the brachial vein for central venous access. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1984; 159: 287-288.

Salky BA, Bauer JJ, Kreel I, Gelernt IM, Gorfine SR. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: an initial report. Gastrointest Endosc 1991; 37: 1-4.

Sher ME, Bauer JJ, Gorfine S, Gelernt I. Low Hartmann's procedure for severe anorectal Crohn's disease. Dis Colon Rectum 1992; 35: 975-980.

Shlasko E, Gorfine SR, Gelernt IM. Using lidocaine to ease the insertion of the circular stapler. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1992; 174: 70.

Bauer JJ, Harris MT, Grumbach NM, Gorfine SR. Laparoscopic-assisted resection for Crohn's disease. Dis Colon Rectun 1995; 38: 712-715.

Gorfine SR, Gelernt IM, Bauer JJ, Harris MT, Kreel I. Restorative proctocolectomy without diverting ileostomy. Dis Colon Rectum 1995; 38: 188-194.

Gorfine SR. Treatment of benign anal disease with topical nitroglycerin. Dis Colon Rectum 1995; 38: 453-457.

Karch LA, Bauer JJ, Gorfine SR, Gelernt IM. Subtotal colectomy with Hartmann's pouch for inflammatory bowel disease. Dis Colon Rectum 1995; 38: 635-639.

Gorfine SR. Topical nitroglycerin therapy for anal fissures and ulcers. New Engl J Med 1995; 333: 1156-1157.

Bauer JJ, Harris MT, Grumbach NM, Gorfine SR. Laparoscopic-assisted intestinal resection for Crohn's disease. Which patients are good candidates?. J Clin Gastroenterol 1996; 23: 44-46.

Bauer JJ, Gorfine SR, Gelerrnt IM, Harris MT, Kreel I. Restorative proctocolectomy in patients older than fifty years. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 1997; 40: 562-565.

Dolgin SE, Shlasko E, Gorfine S, Benkov K, Leleiko N. Restorative Proctocolectomy in children with ulcerative colitis utilizing rectal mucosectomy with or without diverting ileostomy. J of Ped Surg 1999; 34(5): 837-840.

Cirincione E, Gorfine SR, Bauer JJ. Is Hartmann's procedure safe in Crohn's disease? Report of three cases. Dis Colon Rectum 2000; 43: 544-547.

Gorfine SR, Bauer JJ, Harris MT, Kreel I. Dysplasia complicating chronic ulcerative colitis: Is immediate colectomy warranted?. Dis Colon Rectum 2000; 43: 1575-1581.

Ellozy S, Harris MT, Bauer J, Gorfine SR, Kreel I. Early postoperative small bowel obstruction: a prospective evaluation in 242 consecutive abdominal operations. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2002 Sept; 45(9): 1214-1217.

Bauer JJ, Harris MT, Gorfine SR, Kreel I. Rives-Stoppa procedure for repair of large incisional hernias: experience with 57 patients. Hernia 2002; 6: 120-123.

Gorfine SR, Fichera A, Harris MT, Bauer JJ. Long-term results of salvage surgery for septic complications after restorative proctocolectomy. Does fecal diversion improve outcome. Dis Colon Rectum 2003; 46: 1339-1344.

Aisenberg JA, Legnani PE, Nilubol N, Cobrin GM, Ellozy SH, Hegazi RA F, Yager J, Bodian C, Gorfine SR, Bauer JJ, Plevy SE, Sacher DB. Are pANCA, ASCA, or cytokine gene polymorphisms associated with pouchitis? Long-term follow-up in 102 ulcerative colitis patients. Am J Gastroenterol 2004; 99: 432-441.

Gorfine SR, Harris MT, Bub DS, Bauer JJ. Restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis complicated by colorectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum 2004; 47: 1377-1385.

Meier CB, Hegazi RA, Aisenberg J, Legnani PE, Nilubol N, Cobrin GM, Duerr RH, Gorfine SR, Bauer JJ, Sachar DB, Plevy SE. Innate immune receptor genetic polymorphisms in pouchitis: is CARD15 a susceptibility factor? . Inflamm Bowel Dis 2005; 11: 965-971.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Gorfine during 2015 and/or 2016. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • Aptalis Pharma Inc.; G & W Laboratories, Inc.

Industry-Sponsored Lectures: MSSM faculty occasionally give lectures at events sponsored by industry, but only if the events are free of any marketing purpose.

  • Aptalis Pharma Inc.; Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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