Jeffrey W. Milsom, M.D.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Jeffrey W. Milsom, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

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Jeffrey Milsom, MD, FACS, is the former Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Jerome J. Decosse, MD Professor of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. Dr. Milsom is an internationally renowned pioneer in minimally invasive surgery and state-of-the-art laparoscopic and endoscopic technologies for colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel disease.  Dr. Milsom has been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors," by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors," and as a "New York SuperDoctor", an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.

For Dr. Milsom's publications, click here: PubMed

Specialties and Expertise


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery


  • Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Anal Fissure
  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Intestinal Fistula Surgery
  • Pelvic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Fistula
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Rectal and Anal Surgery
  • Minimal Access Surgery
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Surgery For Anal Incontinence
  • Surgery For Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ileostomy
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Cancer of Colon With Rectum


Jeffrey Milsom, MD, FACS, has unique expertise and unparalleled experience in minimally invasive surgery for complex colorectal diseases. Dr. Milsom is the lead inventor of the endoluminal surgical platform, commercially known as the DiLumen, which stabilizes the colon to allow for endoscopic procedures of greater complexity, thereby avoiding surgery for some patients. He has performed close to 2,000 laparoscopic colon and rectal operations, and has been invited to perform surgeries in over 15 countries. Under Dr. Milsom's leadership, 90 percent of all procedures in the Colon and Rectal Section at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center are now performed using high-tech, minimally invasive technologies. He has published four books, 24 book chapters and over 250 papers, presentations and educational videos.

He is a member of 14 prestigious professional societies, and is a Fellow at the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Milsom received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. He fulfilled two years of residency at Roosevelt Hospital in New York and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He concluded his advanced training as a Fellow in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Ferguson Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1985, and has been a board certified colon and rectal surgeon since 1986. He joined the faculty of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2001.

Dr. Milsom was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan from 1986 through 1989. During this period he was also the Director, Department of Surgical Research at the Ferguson Clinic. From 1990 to 1998, he was the Director of Research, Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and from 1997 through 1998 he was also the Director of Research, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at the Cleveland Clinic. In April 1998, Dr. Milsom became a Professor of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and Co-Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Reflecting his strong interest and expertise, Dr. Milsom currently serves as an active member of the hospital's Operating Room New Technology Committee and the Minimal Access Surgical Committee. Dr. Milsom has been recruited to participate in numerous national committees, including the Laparoendoscopic Surgical Education Committee as part of the Association of Program Directors for Colon & Rectal Surgery and the Membership Committee of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

He served on the Emerging Technologies Committee for the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Milsom is also a senior examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is a reviewer for Surgical Endoscopy, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Annals of Surgery and serves as a senior editor of WebSurg.



Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2011 New York Magazine Best Doctors

2010 and 2011 New York SuperDoctors--only 5 percent of all New York physicians earn this honor

Emerging Technologies Committee 1999 - 2001 American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Laparoscopic Surgery Committee 2000 - 2001 Program Directors Association for the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Senior Member, Medical Motion Picture Committee 1992 - 2001 American College of Surgeons

Top Doctors
Jeffrey W. Milsom, M.D. has been named one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. Across 65 medical specialties, 404 Weill Cornell Medicine physicians have been awarded this designation.

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Jerome J. DeCosse M.D. Distinguished Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Adjunct Professor of Surgery - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1979


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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