Pelvic Floor Disorders Center

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Patricia Sylla, MD

  • Phone: 617-643-6115
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Digestive Healthcare Center
  • Crohn's & Colitis Center
  • Colorectal Center
Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal cancer
Laparoscopy for colon and rectal cancer
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
Laparoscopy for diverticulitis
Colon and rectal cancer
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Weill Cornell College of Medicine
Residency, Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery)

NOTES Transanal Endoscopic Resection of Rectal Cancer

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colon and Rectal Cancer

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)

Transanal excision of Rectal Cancer


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Sylla P et al. Evaluation of one-stage laparoscopic-assisted restorative proctocolectomy at a specialty center: comparison with the open approach. 2009. DCR;52:394.

Sylla P et al. Survival study of NOTES rectosigmoid resection using TEM with or without transgastric endoscopic assistance in a swine model. 2010. Surg Endosc.

Sylla P et al. Notes transanal rectal cancer resection using transanal endoscopic microsurgery and laparoscopic assistance. 2010. Surg Endosc 24:1205.

Video: TEM-Assisted Endoscopic Rectosigmoid Resection

Video: NOTES: The Next Phase in Minimally Invasive Surgery

MAO celebrates faculty with awards

MGH Hotline 09.18.09 There was a strong sense of community as faculty and guests warmly greeted each other during a Sept. 10 welcome and recognition ceremony hosted by the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) and MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

International collaboration revolutionizes modern surgery

Mass General surgeon Patricia Sylla, travels to Barcelona to perform the first-ever rectal cancer surgery on a human using natural orifice surgery (NOTES).

Coordinated care offers freedom from pelvic floor disorders

With the help of coordinated, multidisciplinary care provided by physicians in the MGH Pelvic Floor Disorder Service, 39-year-old patient Nicole Ortuno is once again living a normal, healthy life.

In General 03.04.11

In General Awards and Honors

Mass General and NCAA coaches promote colorectal cancer screening

Massachusetts General Hospital is partnering with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and Coaches vs. Cancer to promote screening and treatment for colorectal cancer.

Women in Surgery: A Profile of Patricia Sylla, MD

General Surgery News spotlights Patricia Sylla, MD, surgeon in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-643-6115
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