Patricia Sylla, MD
- PROFESSOR | Surgery
Specialties:Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery / Proctology
Patricia Sylla, MD, FACS, FASCRS is the System Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System. In this role, Dr. Sylla coordinates the colon and rectal surgery program across all eight hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System.
Dr. Sylla is a leader in the development of minimally invasive approaches to the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancer. Dr. Sylla was recruited to Mount Sinai in 2015 from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she developed a research and clinical program using Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). NOTES provides an innovative approach to transanal surgery, which may allow for faster recovery and fewer complications. In 2009, Dr. Sylla performed the first-ever rectal cancer resection on a human using a NOTES transanal approach. She has helped implement transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) worldwide and has trained hundreds of surgeons in this important technique. A Phase II multicenter trial for taTME was initiated by Dr. Sylla and has been extended to a pilot multicenter trial comparing robotic and transanal TME for very low rectal tumors.
Dr. Sylla has garnered recognition for her dedication to teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows. She has served as Associate Director of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program since 2015.
Dr. Sylla holds key leadership positions in several national societies, most notably as president-elect of SAGES, the leading society for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, as a member of the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) accreditation committee, she is helping to cement Mount Sinai’s status as a national leader in the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Dr. Sylla received a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Biology from Georgetown University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed residency training in Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and fellowship training in Colon & Rectal Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. She also completed a second fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
American Board of Surgery
- Anal Abscess (And Anal Fistula)
- Anal Cancer
- Anal Fissure
- Colon Cancer
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Colon Polyps
- Colorectal Cancer
- Colorectal Resection
- Colorectal Surgery
- Colostomy Avoidance
- Crohn's Disease
- Genital Warts
- Hemorrhoid Banding
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
- Lysis Of Adhesions
- Pelvic Surgery
- Pilonidal Cyst
- Rectal Cancer
- Robotic Colon Surgery
- Surgery Second Opinion
- Ulcerative Colitis
MD, New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Mount Sinai Medical Center
MD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Residency, Columbia University Medical Center
Residency, General Surgery, Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center
Fellowship, Colon & Rectal Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Fellowship, Minimal Invasive - Bariatic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
SLS Young Educator Award
SAGES Young Researcher Award
Physician-Scientist Development Award
1st Poster Prize
Ircad Travel Fellowship Award
2005 and 2006
SAGES Research Award
Sylla P, Whelan RL. Immunological advantages of advanced laparoscopy. Surg Clin North Am 2005; 85(1): 1-18.
Ky A, Sylla P, Steinhagen E, Steinhagen R, Khaitov S, Lyn E. Collagen fistula plug for the treatment of anal fistulas. Dis Colon Rectum 2008; 51(6): 838-43.
Sylla P, Chessin D, Gorfine S, Roth E, Bub D, Bauer J. Evaluation of one-stage laparoscopic-assisted restorative proctocolectomy at a specialty center: comparison with the open approach.. Dis Colon Rectum 2009; 52(3): 394-9.
Sylla P, Sohn D, Cizginer S, Konuk Y, Turner B, Gee D, Willingham F, Hsu M, Mino-Kenudson M, Brugge W, Rattner D. Survival study of NOTES for rectosigmoid resection using transanal endoscopic microsurgery with or without transgastric endoscopic assistance in a swine model.. Surg Endosc 2010; 24(8): 2022-30.
Sylla P, Rattner D, Delgado S, Lacy A. NOTES transanal rectal cancer resection using transanal endoscopic microsurgery and laparoscopic assistance. . Surg Endosc 2010; 24(5): 1205-10.
Levack M, Berger D, Sylla P, Rattner D, Bordeianou L. Laparoscopic surgery decreases anastomotic leak rate in sigmoid colectomy for diverticulitis. . Arch Surg 2011; 146(2): 207-10.
Sylla P. NOTES in the management of colorectal diseases: current experience and future directions. . World J Gastrointest Surg 2010; 2(6): 193-8.
Salinas H, Dursun A, Klos C, Shellito P, Sylla P, Berger D, Bordeianou L. Determining the need for radical surgery in patients with T1 rectal cancer.. Arch Surg 2011; 146(5): 540-4.
Telem D, Han K, Kim M, Ajari I, Sohn D, Woods K, Kapur V, Sbeih M, S P, Rattner D, Sylla P. . NOTES transanal rectosigmoid resection with total mesorectal excision in a large human cadaver series. . Surg Endosc 2013; 27(1): 74-80.
de Lacy A, Rattner D, Adelsdorfer C, Tasende M, Fernandez M, Delgado S, Sylla P, Martinez Palli G. Transanal NOTES rectal resection: . Surg Endosc 2013; 27(9): 3165-72.
Sylla P, Bordeianou L, Berger D, Hans K, Lauwers G, Sahani D, Sbeih M, Lacy A, Rattner D. A pilot study of natural orifice transanal endoscopic total mesorectal excision with laparoscopic assistance for rectal cancer. . Surg Endosc 2013; 27(9): 3396-405.
Amri R, Bordeianou L, Sylla P, Berger D. Impact of screening colonoscopy on outcomes in colon cancer surgery. . JAMA Surg 2013; 148(8): 747-54.
Amri R, Bordeianou L, Berger D. Obesity, outcomes and quality of care: body mass index increases the risk of wound-related complications in colon cancer surgery.. Am J Surg 2014; 207(1): 17-23.
AT H, LD B, Shellito P, Sylla P, Bordeianou L. Wound dehiscence after abdominoperineal resection for low rectal cancer is associated with decreased survival. . Dis Colon Rectum 2014; 57(2): 143-150.
Amri R, Stronks K, Bordeianou L, Berger D. Gender and ethnic disparities in colon cancer presentation and outcomes in a US universal health care setting. . J Surg Oncol 2014; 109(7): 645-51.
Amri R, Bordeianou L, Sylla P, Berger D. Treatment Delay in Surgically-Treated Colon Cancer: Does It Affect Outcomes.. Ann Surg Oncol 12; 2014(21): 3909-16.
Sauk J, Nguyen D, Yajnik V, Khalili H, Konijeti G, Hodin R, Bordeianou L, Shellito P, Sylla P, Korzenik J, Friedman S, Ananthakrishnan A. Natural History of Perianal Crohn’s Disease Following Fecal Diversion.. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2014; 20(12): 2260-5.
Steele S, Bleier J, Champagne B, Hassan I, Russ A, Senagore A, Sylla P, Pigazzi A. Improving outcomes and cost-effectiveness of colorectal surgery. . Gastrointest Surg 2014; 18(11): 1944-56.
Emhoff I, Lee G, Sylla P. Transanal colorectal resection using natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). . Dig Endosc 2014; 26: 1:29-42.
Sylla P. Robotically Assisted Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision: An Exciting New Trend in Rectal Cancer Surgery. . Ann Surg 2015;.