Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Department of Surgery
Division of Colorectal Surgery
Director, Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research
Chief and Program Director, Division of Colorectal Surgery

Dr. Ravi P. Kiran has served as the chief and program director of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, effective June 1, 2013. He is also the Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Kiran, a renowned surgeon-scientist with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, and other complicated colorectal conditions, joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was staff surgeon and head of the research section in the Department of Colorectal Surgery and director of its Rupert B. Turnbull Jr. School of Enterostomal Therapy.

Dr. Kiran brings a wealth of experience in laparoscopic and open colorectal surgery, anorectal procedures and reoperative abdominal and pelvic surgery. With expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in particular complex Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, he specializes in bowel conservation as well as avoiding an ostomy (external bag) for these conditions when others may be unable. Having trained with Dr Victor Fazio at the Cleveland Clinic, he is an expert at pouch procedures. In addition to J and S pouch creation, he has experience in the repair, revision and redo of these pouches when pouch failure occurs. In addition to IBD, he is also expert in the surgical management of primary and recurrent colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, enterocutaneous fistula, functional bowel problems including constipation, incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. He is one of only a few highly skilled surgeons world-wide to perform continent ileostomy reservoir procedures and other complex operations to avoid a permanent ostomy after rectal or colon resection. As a researcher, Dr. Kiran has specific interests in surgical outcomes and quality and in evidence-based strategies for inflammatory bowel disease and other conditions. With a joint appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Kiran facilitates research collaborations in epidemiology between the Department of Surgery and the Mailman School.

Dr. Kiran received his medical degree from and completed surgical training at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India, and received advanced training in colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom. He completed his general surgery residency at Yale-Saint Mary’s Hospital and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and fellowship training in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in surgery and in colon and rectal surgery from the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS) and is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Glasgow.

The author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Kiran is also an editor and reviewer for numerous prominent journals and textbooks. As a student and physician, he has earned several distinctions, including the National Merit Scholarship and Gold Medals during his medical education and surgical training in India, Resident Researcher of the Year during surgical residency, Teacher of the Year in Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 2011, and the ASCRS Travelling Fellow Award in 2012, and was voted to the list of Best Doctors in Cleveland.

Dr Kiran has a patient-centered approach to care and is available to see patients at the Main Campus, Midtown and New Jersey colorectal surgery office locations. 

Board Certificates
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Rectovaginal Fistula Repair
  • Colon & Rectal Cancer
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Cancer Care
  • Constipation
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Abscess Drainage
  • Diverticulitis
  • Small Bowel Disease
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Small Bowel Resection
  • Genital Warts
  • Sphincter Saving Operations
  • Ileostomy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
  • Twisted Colon/Intestine
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • J Pouch
  • K Pouch (Continent Ileostomy)
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Adhesions
  • Laparoscopic Proctectomy
  • Anal Cancer
  • Megacolon
  • Anal Fistula
  • Min Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence
  • Minimally Invasive Rectal Surgery
  • Anal Warts
  • Ostomy Care
  • Anorectal Surgical Procedures
  • Ostomy Creation, Care and Revision
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Ostomy Reversals
  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Colectomies
  • Pelvic Floor-Muscle Rehab
  • Colitis
  • Pilonidal Cyst/Abscess
  • Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Rectal and Anal Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • Rectal Carcinoma
  • Colonoscopy
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Anorectal Disorder
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Fistula, Anal
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Anal Fissure and Fistula
  • Colorectal Surgery
Honors & Awards:

New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2016

Best Doctors in Cleveland, 2012

ASCRS Traveling Fellow, 2012

Teacher of the Year in Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, 2011

Resident researcher of the year, 2005-2006

Resident teacher of the year, 2003-2004

Research degree in Evidence Based Medicine from Oxford in the United Kingdom

Surgical fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, England, and Glasgow


Wu XR, Mukewar S, Kiran RP, Remzi FH, Shen B. Surgical Stricturoplasty in the Treatment of Ileal Pouch Strictures. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 May 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23690206.

Elder K, Lopez R, Kiran RP, Remzi FH, Shen B. Endoscopic features associated with ileal pouch failure. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 May;19(6):1202-9. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0b013e318280e77c. PubMed PMID: 23542533.

Kin C, Snyder K, Kiran RP, Remzi FH, Vogel JD. Accidental puncture or laceration in colorectal surgery: a quality indicator or a complexity measure? Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Feb;56(2):219-25. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e3182765c43. PubMed PMID: 23303151.

Wu XR, Mukewar S, Kiran RP, Hammel JP, Remzi FH, Shen B. The Presence of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Is Protective for Ileal Pouch from Crohn's Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 May 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23660996.

Kiran RP, Attaluri V, Hammel J, Church J. A novel nomogram accurately quantifies the risk of mortality in elderly patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Ann Surg. 2013 May;257(5):905-8. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318269d337. PubMed PMID: 23001078.