Dr Steve Gorfine of Manhattan Surgical Associates is as experienced a J Pouch surgeon as there is in NYC and assisted on my original J Pouch surgery:
He was mentored by the late great Irwin Gelernt- probably the best J Pouch surgeon in the USA in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gorfine did hundreds of J Pouch surgeries with him before he did mine in 1992.
I have two vivid and funny memories about him. One is that when my J Pouch developed a septum that required Pouch revision surgery in 2000, he compared J pouches to Jaguars (the British car, not the animal), saying that like Jaguars, J Pouches were “great but high maintenance and sometimes need to come into the shop for repairs.” The other thing is right before the Pouch revision surgery in 2000, he came to see me and he was dressed in surgical garb wearing these clogs- which looked like a woman’s pair of clogs. However he is a great surgeon and not going to hold his choice of foot wear against him. I did think it looked funny seeing a surgeon at Mount Sinai dressed in clogs.