Reply to "Looking for a J Pouch surgeon in NYC"

Drs. Gelernt and Gorfine also did my surgery at Mount Sinai but that’s going back to 1992.  Dr. Gelernt passed away in 1996 and Dr. Gorfine, although a great surgeon and great guy, has to be close to retirement. The OP was concerned that the surgeons in this group are close to retirement and in the cases of Bauer and Gorfine both are either close to it or already there. Dr. Gorfine doesn’t strike me as someone who is going to be doing full time surgery these days anyway. He is more likely to spend his time while still working as a teacher at the medical school. He might be close to 70 now and surgery is a younger man’s game. Most surgeons scale back the number of surgeries big time by the time they hit their 60s. Same deal with trial attorneys- they pick their spots and give the smaller stuff to young associates to try.

Drs Gelernt and Gorfine probably did more J Pouch surgeries from 1988-1996 than anyone in the country. It took months for me to get scheduled and they made me lose 10 pounds and another few months before I did that and could be cut.

Manhattan Surgical does have younger surgeons trained by Bauer and Gorfine and although I assume they were trained well, I don’t know anything about them.

EDIT: we have 2 threads going at the same time on this topic and I thought I was posting in the one in which the OP said he didn’t want any close to retirement surgeons. In fact I already posted in this thread and the only caveat I have added in this post is that Dr. Gorfine (who is an excellent surgeon and has done many J Pouches) is quite likely close to retirement and not doing any surgeries as he once was, although you can call and ask if it’s an issue.

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