Physician’s Profile

Deborah Keller, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Department of Surgery
Division of Colorectal Surgery

Deborah S. Keller, MD, MS has joined the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as of April 1, 2018 as Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC.

Dr. Keller joins us most recently from New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Keller has a Masters Degree in healthcare policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a healthcare business analyst for several years and then completed her MD at Rutgers University. She did her surgical residency at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia followed by a Colorectal research fellowship at University Hospitals-Case Medical Center, Cleveland and a Colorectal clinical fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center, Erie, under Dr. Daniel Geisler, and Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, under Dr. James Fleshman.

Dr. Keller’s clinical expertise includes laparoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive colorectal surgery, anorectal procedures and the management of pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Keller is an outstanding researcher with numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, book chapters, and books to her name. She has an interest in surgical quality with a focus on perioperative management including enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways, multimodal opioid-sparing pain relief, and expanding use of minimally invasive technique to optimize patient outcomes. She also has an interest in rectal cancer management and is currently completing her PhD on the topic at the University College of London, UK where she holds an appointment as an honorary lecturer in gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr. Keller sees patients at her main office at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, 161 Fort Washington Avenue, 8th floor, in Manhattan. She is also seeing patients at 25 Rockwood Place, 3rd floor, room 330 in Englewood, New Jersey and will partner with Dr. Geisler to expand the Division’s colorectal expertise in New Jersey and other locations, while furthering the academic and research missions of the division.

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

2015, Winning Paper Resident Competition, Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Texas Medical Association 

2011, Resident Scholarship for Annual Conference, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Pennsylvania Chapter 

2011, Winning Paper, Resident Research Competition, Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2007, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Selectee, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

2007, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society Selectee, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

2006, Samuel A. Sass Scholarship, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

2005, NJMS Alumni Association Class of 1997 Scholarship, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

2005, Most Active National Chapter (President), American Medical Women’s Society, Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School Chapter, Newark, New Jersey

2004, NJMS Alumni Association Class of 1973 Scholarship, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey

2004, Anne C. Carter Leadership Award, American Medical Women’s Association

1999, Senior Leadership Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1999, Mellon College of Science Undergraduate Research Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA


Keller DS, Winter DC, Pellino G, Cologne KG, Smart NJ, Brady RRW. #colorectalresearch: Introducing a Disruptive Technology for Academic Surgery in the Social Media Age. Dis Colon Rectum. 2018 In Press

Althans AR, Brady JT, Times ML, Keller DS, Harvey AR, Kelly ME, Patel ND, Steele SR. Colorectal Cancer Safety Net: Is It Catching Patients Appropriately? Dis Colon Rectum. 2018 Jan;61(1):115-123. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000944. PubMed PMID: 29219921.

Keller DS, Flores Gonzalez JR, Chand M. Multimodal Use of Fluorescent Imaging in Colorectal Cancer Surgery. Dis Colon Rectum. 2018 Jan;61(1):139. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000979. PubMed PMID: 29219923.

Keller DS, Berho M, Wexner SD, Chand M. Can surgical technology better guide oncological resections in colon cancer? Colorectal Dis. 2017 Nov 22. doi: 10.1111/codi.13970. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29166554.

Keller DS, Chand M. Increasing patient engagement to move enhanced recovery forward. Ann Laparosc Endosc Surg 2017;2:155. doi: 10.21037/ales.2017.10.03