• Joel Bauer MD
  • Stephen Gorfine MD
  • David Chessin MD
  • Daniel Popowich MD

Joel Bauer, MD

Joel Bauer, MDJoel Bauer

Colorectal Surgeon in Manhattan

During his career, Dr. Bauer has become nationally known as one of the premier surgeons for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition, Dr. Bauer has been recognized as one of the top laparoscopic surgeons in the country. He was a co-surgeon on the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed in New York State. He has published extensively in the areas of inflammatory bowel disease, abdominal wall reconstruction and minimally invasive intestinal surgery.

His teaching ability was acknowledged by the residents at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, with the prestigious Robert Paradny Teaching Award in 2003. Dr. Bauer served as Director of Surgical Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1989 to 1999. He served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1999 to 2008 and was president of the Medical Board from 1999 to 2000.

In addition to his teaching awards, he was named the “Physician of the Year” in 2003 by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He received the Jacobi Medallion for “distinguished achievement in the field of medicine” from The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2005.


Dr. Joel Bauer is currently the senior partner of our practice. He graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received the Kidder award for the graduating senior who exemplified the highest character, leadership, and scholarship. Dr. Bauer continues to give back to his alma mater and has served on the board of the University of Vermont Honor’s College since 2013. After graduating from college, Dr. Bauer attended the New York University Medical School, graduating in 1967.

He completed his six year Surgical Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which included one year of research in kidney and liver transplantation. He then fulfilled his commitment to the United States Air Force with two years of service. In the Air Force, he attained the rank of major and was Chief of Surgery at Rickenbacker Air Force Base.

Following his work in the military, he returned to New York City and joined Manhattan Surgical Associates. Currently, he is a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Bauer continues to be extremely active in hospital administration, quality improvement, resident teaching, and research.


Dr. Bauer has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 10 book chapters covering various topics including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, benign anal disease, and colon and rectal cancer. He has published extensively on abdominal wall reconstruction, and the use of various mesh products for these repairs. He is also the editor or author of six books covering various topics in general and colorectal surgery, including The Atlas of Colorectal Surgery and The Mount Sinai Handbook of Surgery. He has presented his research and been an invited guest lecturer at multiple national and international medical conferences.

Dr. Bauer has received multiple awards, including:

  • “Best Doctors in New York” by New York Magazine in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • “Top 100 Doctors: Minimally Invasive” by New York Magazine in 2002
  • “One Thousand Great Americans” by the International Biographical Centre
  • “The Lifetime of Achievement One Hundred” by IBC
  • “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008
  • “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2015
  • “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area” by Castle Connolly

He was named to the “Who’s Who in America” in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, was named in “Strathmore’s Who’s Who” in 2010, National Registry’s Who’s Who in 2012, and was named to Trademark Who’s Who in 2014. In addition, Dr. Bauer was named Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute in 2004 and 2009.



Undergraduate Institution:

  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, BA, Cum Laude

Medical School:

  • New York University, New York, New York, MD

Residency in General Surgery:

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York

Military Experience

US Air Force General Surgery, Rickenbacker Air Force Base

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

To benefit from Dr. Bauer’s care, contact Manhattan Surgical Associates at 646.798.4606.

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