Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD

Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD Specialties: Surgery, Cancer Care, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD
Specialties: Surgery, Cancer Care, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


CUIMC/Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue
Floor 8
New York, NY 10032
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About Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD

Dr. Ravi P. Kiran has served as the chief and program director of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center since 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) like 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. He has been voted to the list of Best Doctors in New York many times.

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.

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Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Abscess Drainage

  • Adhesions

  • Anal Cancer

  • Anal Fissure and Fistula

  • Anal Fistula

  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence

  • Anal Warts

  • Anorectal Disorder

  • Anorectal Surgical Procedures

  • Biofeedback Therapy

  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty

  • Colectomies

  • Colitis

  • Colon and Rectal Cancer

  • Colon and Rectal Disease

  • Colon Cancer

  • Colon Cancer Screening

  • Colon Polyps

  • Colon/Rectal Cancer Surgery

  • Colonoscopy

  • Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Colorectal Surgery

  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease

  • Constipation

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Diverticular Disease

  • Diverticulitis

  • Fecal Incontinence

  • Fistula, Anal

  • Genital Warts

  • Hemorrhoid Surgery

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Ileostomy

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

  • Intestinal Obstruction

  • Intussusception

  • J Pouch

  • K Pouch (Continent Ileostomy)

  • Laparoscopic Colectomy

  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection

  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery

  • Laparoscopic Proctectomy

  • Megacolon

  • Min Invasive Colorectal Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Rectal Surgery

  • Ostomy Care

  • Ostomy Creation, Care and Revision

  • Ostomy Reversals

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Pelvic Floor-Muscle Rehab

  • Pilonidal Cyst/Abscess

  • Rectal and Anal Surgery

  • Rectal Bleeding

  • Rectal Cancer

  • Rectal Carcinoma

  • Rectal Prolapse

  • Rectal Surgery

  • Rectovaginal Fistula Repair

  • Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Small Bowel Cancer

  • Small Bowel Disease

  • Small Bowel Resection

  • Sphincter Saving Operations

  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery

  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS)

  • Twisted Colon/Intestine

  • Ulcerative Colitis


  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Hospital
  • Internship: Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center - NY
  • Residency: St Mary's Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Surgery

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  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide): 2018, 2017, 2016
  • New York Magazine: Top Doctors 2018, 2016
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor: 2015 to present
  • 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