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Arthur Aufses

  • PROFESSOR Surgery
  • PROFESSOR Population Health Science and Policy
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  • American Board of Surgery


  • MD, Columbia Univ. Col. of Phy. & Surg.

  • B.S., Union College

  • M.D., Columbia University

  • Presbyterian Hospital

  • Presbyterian Hospital

  • Presbyterian Hospital

  • The Mount Sinai Hospital

  • The Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Residency, Surgery
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

  • Residency, Surgery
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

  • Residency, Surgery
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    On September 1, 1996, Dr. Aufses retired from the Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, a position he held for 22 years. He is currently Professor of Surgery and Professor of Health Policy in Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

    A graduate of Union College, Dr. Aufses received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He received his surgical training at the Presbyterian Hospital and The Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a Member and Fellow of numerous medical organizations and has held leadership roles in many of them. A member of the New York State Transplant Council since its inception in 1991, he also served as a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine (1991-1999). He is a Past-President of the American College of Gastroenterology, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the New York Surgical Society. He has served as a Governor and Vice-president of the American College of Surgeons, and as a Vice-president of the American Surgical Association and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y for more than twenty-five years.

    Dr. Aufses has received many honors from Mount Sinai. He has been awarded the Jacobi Medallion of the Alumni Association (1979), the Alexander Richman Award for Humanism in Medicine (1992), the Committee of 1000 Achievement Award (1992), and was the holder of Mount Sinai's Gold Headed Cane (1982-1997). During his twenty-two years as Chairman, he was selected by the graduating students to administer the Oath of Maimonides or the Oath of Hippocrates on seventeen occasions and was chosen as the Commencement Grand Marshal on three occasions. He has received excellence in teaching awards from the School and from his residents and has also received a Special Recognition Award from the Department of Nursing. In May, 2003, Dr. Aufses delivered the Commencement Address at the graduation exercises of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the School.

    From 1971-1974, Dr. Aufses served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The Long Island Jewish Medical Center and was Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Aufses has published more than 235 papers and chapters in various journals and texts and has been an invited guest lecturer in the United States and abroad. His major clinical and research interests have been in inflammatory bowel disease and surgical education.

    Dr. Aufses practiced General Surgery for more than forty years in New York City. He and Ms. Barbara Niss, Mount Sinai's Archivist, have published two books on Mount Sinai's history: This House of Noble Deeds: The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1852-2002, (New York University Press, 2002), a 150 year history of The Mount Sinai Hospital, focusing on the accomplishments of the staff since its origin as The Jews Hospital and Teaching Tomorrow's Medicine Today: The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1963-2003, (New York University Press, 2005) which details the first forty years of the Medical School.


  • 2003 -
    Doctor of Humane Letters- Honoris Causa
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1992 -
    Recipient of The Mount Sinai Medical Center Committee of 1000 Achievement Award
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center

  • 1992 -
    Recipient of the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1985 -
    Excellence in Teaching Certificate
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1982, 1997 -
    Excellence in Teaching Certificate
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1982 - 1997
    Gold headed cane of Mount Sinai
    The Mount Sinai Hospital

  • 1979 -
    Jacobi Medallion of Mount Sinai Alumni Association
    Mount Sinai Alumni Association

  • 1948 -
    Alpha Omega Alpha


Heimann TM, OH C, Greenstein AJ, Perez C, Aufses AH Jr., Steinhagen RM. Surgical treatment of tumors of the distal rectum with sphincter preservation.. Ann Surg 1992; 216: 432-437.

Slater G, Aufses Jr AH, Szporn A. Synchronous carcinoma of the colon and rectum. Surgery, Gynec & Obst 1990; 171: 283-287.

Slater G, Aufses Jr AH. Small bowel length in Crohn's disease. Am J Gastroenterol 1991; 86: 1037-1040.

Ribeiro MB, Greenstein AJ, Heimann T , Yamazaki Y, Aufses Jr AH. Adenocarcinoma of the Small Intestine in Crohn's Disease. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1991; 173(5): 343-349.

Grucela A , Steinhagen RM. Restorative proctocolectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis after liver transplant for primary sclerosing cholangitis: case report and review of literature.. Am Surge 2005; 71: 362-365.

Greenstein AJ, Mullin GE, Strauchen JA, Heimann T , Janowitz HD, Aufses Jr AH, Sachar DB. Lymphoma in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Cancer 1992; 69: 1119-1123.

Slater G, Itzkowitz S, Azar S, Aufses Jr AH. Clinicopathologic correlations of ABO and rhesus blood type in colorectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum 1993; 36: 5-7.

Maun D, Silverberg D, Steinhagen RM. Acute ischemic proctitis: a report of four cases requiring surgical resection. Dis Colon Rectum 2007; 50: 1082-1086.

Heimann T, Greenstein AJ, Lewis B, Kaufman D, Heimann DM, Aufses Jr AH. Prediction of early symptomatic recurrence following intestinal resection in Crohn's disease. Ann Surg 1993; 218: 294-299.

Carmon M, Krauss M, Aufses Jr AH, Katz LB. Jejunal obstruction as a late result of neonatal jejunal atresia. J Pediatr Surg 1994; 29: 1613-1615.

Fleshner PR, Siegman MG, Slater G, Brolin RE, Chandler JC, Aufses Jr AH. A prospective, randomized trial of short versus long tubes in adhesive small-bowel obstruction. Am J Surg 1995; 170: 366-370.

Aufses Jr. AH. Intestinal Obstruction: Suction vs Surgery. In: Hiele M, editor. Emergencies in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Belgium, Univ Leuven Press; 1996.

Ribiero MB, Greenstein AJ, Sachar DB, Barth JB, Balasubramanian S, Harpaz N, Heimann TM, Aufses Jr AH. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma in Crohns Disease. Ann Surg 1996; 223: 186-193.

Just G, Cohen S, Baldo J, Wright F, Aufses Jr AH. Experience with an acute care nurse practitioner on a surgical teaching service. Current Surgery 1997; 54: 258-260.

Cunningham JD, Aleali R, Aleali M, Brpwer ST, Aufses Jr AH. Malignant small bowel neoplasms: histopathologic determinants of recurrence and survival. Ann Surg 1997; 225(3): 300-306.

Heimann TM, Greenstein AJ, Lewis B, Kaufmann D, Heimann DM, Aufses Jr AH. Comparison of primary and reoperative surgery in patients with Crohns disease. Ann Surg 1998; 227: 492-495.

Bickell NA, Aufses AH, Chassin M. Engaging clinicians in a quality improvement strategy for early-stage breast cancer treatment. Qual Manag Health Care 1998; 6(3): 63-68.

Aufses Jr AH, Slater GI, Hollier LH. The nature and fate of categorical surgical residents who 'drop out'. Am J Surg 1998; 175: 236-239.

Fazio VW, Aufses Jr AH. Evolution of surgery for Crohn's disease. Dis Colon and Rectum 1999; 42: 979-988.

Eisen LK, Cunningham JD, Aufses Jr AH. Intussusception in adults: institutional review. J Am Coll Surg 1999; 188: 390-395.

Bickell NA, Aufses Jr AH, Chassin MR. The quality of early-stage breast cancer care. Ann Surg 2000; 232: 220-224.

Aufses Jr AH. The history of surgery for Crohn's Disease at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Mt Sinai J Med 2000; 67: 198-203.

Aufses Jr AH. The History of Crohn's Disease. Sur Cl N Am 2001 February; 81: 1-11.

Orosz GM, Hannan EL, Magaziner J, Koval K, Gilbert M, Aufses Jr AH, Straus E, Vespe E, Siu AL. Hip fracture in the older patient: reasons for delay in hospitalization and timing of surgical repair. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002; 50: 1336-1340.

Aufses Jr AH. Anesthesiologists and surgeons at Mount Sinai: a partnership in excellence. Mt Sinai J Med 2002; 69: 3-11.

Steinhagen RM, Aufses Jr AH. Diverticular Disease of the Colon. In: Bayless TM, editor. Current Therapy in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. 4th Mosby, Inc; pp469.

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Dr. Aufses did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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