Kelly A. Garrett, M.D.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Kelly A. Garrett, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

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Kelly Garrett, MD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Associate Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Garrett is also the Chair of Quality for the Department of Surgery, and the Program Director for the Colon and Rectal Residency Program. 

She specializes in the minimally invasive surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancer, pelvic floor disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery


  • Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Diverticulitis
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Pelvic Surgery
  • Bowel Obstruction Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Colon Surgery
  • Fistula, Anal
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Surgery For Anal Incontinence
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure and Fistula
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Rectal and Anal Surgery
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ostomy Creation, Care and Revision
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Colonoscopy
  • Cancer of Colon With Rectum


Kelly Garrett, MD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Associate Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Garrett is also the Chair of Quality for the Department of Surgery, and the Program Director for the Colon and Rectal Residency Program.

Dr. Garrett’s specialty interests include functional bowel disorders, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fistulas and complex pelvic floor dysfunction; she has lectured regionally and nationally on these subjects. She also treats other colon and rectal diseases such as colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, and benign conditions of the rectum and anus. Dr. Garrett is experienced in many modalities of surgery, including laparoscopic, endoscopic, and open surgeries. Most recently, Dr. Garrett has become an early adopter of the endoluminal surgical platform, commonly known as DiLumen, for complex and large colon polyp removals.

In 2014-2015 Dr. Garrett was selected by NY Superdoctors as one of “New York’s Rising Stars” in Colorectal Surgery – a recognition bestowed to young physicians with fewer than 10 years of practice who have demonstrated outstanding skills and enjoy an excellent reputation in their field. In 2016, Dr. Garrett was named by Castle Connolly as one of New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Garrett graduated from Drew University in 1996 and received her medical degree in 2003 from St. George’s University School of Medicine. After completing her general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in 2008, she completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2009. She then went on to serve as Associate Staff at the Cleveland Clinic – Digestive Disease Institute for one year before joining the division of Colorectal Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2010. 

Devoting considerable time to teaching, mentoring and the development of physicians in training, Dr. Garrett served as the Associate Clerkship Director for the medical students rotating on the general surgery services from 2013-2016. In June 2014 she was given the Award for Teaching Excellence by Weill Cornell Medical College. She is currently the Program Director for the combined New York Presbyterian Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program. 

Dr. Garrett is active in numerous professional societies and she is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She serves on the executive council of the New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She has won awards for her publications while in training and has contributed many peer reviewed journal publications and book chapters. 


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Dr. Garrett was selected in 2014 as a New York SuperDoctor "Rising Star," an award given in recognition of excellence in clinical care for physicians in practice for under 10 years. Dr. Garrett was named Fellow of the Year in 2009 at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has won awards for research papers.

Top Doctors
Kelly A. Garrett, 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

  • Associate Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada), 2003
  • B.A., Drew University, 1996


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
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

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External Relationships

External Relationships

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