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Colon and Rectal Surgery
1315 York Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: (212)-746-6030 | F: (212) 746-6370
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Personal Statement

Toyooki Sonoda, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Associate Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Sonoda treats a wide variety of colon and rectal diseases, such as colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, benign conditions of the anus, and functional problems such as rectal prolapse and incontinence. He is known for his outstanding technical skills, and comments: "What I owe my patients that trust me to operate on them is the most meticulous surgery possible. I truly believe this yields the best surgical outcomes." He is an expert in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, and has lectured nationally and internationally on these procedures.


Dr. Sonoda was named by Castle Connolly and US News & World Report in 2011-13 as one of "America's Top Doctors," and was recognized as one of "America's Top Surgeons" in 2014 by the Consumers' Research Council of America. He has been named by Castle Connolly as a "New York Super Doctor" yearly from 2008 - 15, and has been a recipient of the "Patient's Choice Award (2008-14)" and "Most Compassional Doctor Award (2012-13)." For his outstanding work in patient care, he was awarded the 2014 "Physician of the Year" award at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.


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Board Certifications
  • Surgery, Colon and Rectal
  • Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Diverticulitis
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Anal Fissure
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Ileostomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula Surgery
  • Colon Disorder
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Anal Cancer
  • Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimal Access Surgery

Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care


  • M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, 1993

Honors and Awards

2014 Consumer Research Council of America "America's Top Surgeons"

2011-2013 Castle Connolly "America's Top Doctors"

2011-2012 US News & World Report "Top Doctors in America"

2008-15 "New York SuperDoctors"--only 5 percent of all New York physicians earn this honor

2008-14 "Patient's Choice Award"

2012-13 "Most Compassionate Doctor Award"

Physician of the Year 2014, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University




Associate Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Sonoda graduated from Stanford University in 1989, and received his medical degree in 1993 from Yale University School of Medicine. He performed his postdoctoral training in general surgery at UC San Francisco until 1995, and completed his training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1998. His subsequent specialty training included a minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center from 1998-9, and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1999-2000. He then traveled to Japan to help develop a laparoscopic gastric surgery program in 2000 in Osaka, Japan. Dr. Sonoda has been practicing at New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2001, and is currently the Residency Director for the combined New York Presbyterian Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program. He is also the Director of the Greenberg 14 North Gastrointestinal Surgery floor.