Alexis L Grucela, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Dr. Alexis Grucela is a Robotic and Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgeon. She serves as Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital. She is regarded as a top female Colon and Rectal Surgeon in Northern Westchester. Dr. Grucela comes to CareMount from NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, where she served as the Program Director for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship, Director of Robotics Education, and was an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
During her undergraduate studies, she was an emergency medical technician and firefighter, and loved being able to help people. She realized she wanted to be involved with patient care, and this, combined with her lifelong interest in science, led to her pursuit of medicine. Dr. Grucela received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2005 after completing her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University graduating Cum Laude in Biological Sciences. She received her General Surgery residency training from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 2005-2010. She then went on to complete her clinical fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio in 2011. She is board certified in both Colorectal and General Surgery.Dr. Grucela was drawn to subspecialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery as it allows her to provide patients with positive, tangible results and in many cases, immediate relief. She feels that curing conditions such as colon or rectal cancer or Ulcerative Colitis is an extraordinary and humbling gift. She is experienced in Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery including Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, as well as Robotic Transanal Surgery (R-TAMIS). She will use a robotic techniques whenever possible to provide faster recovery, the smallest incisions possible, with minimal scarring, less postoperative pain and quicker return to life and work.
Though her training and clinical experience she has acquired a particular expertise in the management of Colon and Rectal Cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. She treats benign colorectal disease such as diverticulitis, and benign and malignant anorectal conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, fecal incontinence, and anal cancer as well.
Academically involved at local, national, and international levels, Dr. Grucela is widely published and contributes to scientific advancement in the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics such as robotic colon and rectal resection, inflammatory bowel disease, and teaches robotic training courses. With her expertise and enthusiasm, using a multidisciplinary approach, she will help care for patients with colon and rectal surgical issues as minimally invasive as possible, and treat them as if they were her own family.
- Castle Connolly Top Doctor: 2021 - 2022
- Westchester Magazine: 2021 - 2022
- Undergraduate & Graduate
- Cornell University, BS: 2001
- Medical Education
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MD: 2005
- Mount Sinai Medical Center, MD: 2006
- Mount Sinai Medical Center, MD: 2009
- Mount Sinai Medical Center, General Surgery and Chief Resident, MD: 2010
- Colon and Rectal Surgery Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH: 2011
- Board Certifications
- Colorectal Surgery: American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery : 2012
- General Surgery: American Board of Surgery : 2011
- Robotic Certification in Colon and Rectal Surgery : 2014
- Northern Westchester Hospital
- Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester
- Chief of Colorectal Surgery
- Northern Westchester Hospital
- Grucela A, Bellistri JP, Taye A. Laparoscopic Proctectomy. In: Nandakumar, G (ed) Evidence Based practices in GI and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. 2017
- Grucela, A., Schwartzberg, D., Grieco, M., Bernstein, M., Open Restorative Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis In: Steven D. Wexner, MD, and James W. Fleshman, MD. Eds. Master Techniques in Surgery: Colon and Rectal Surgery: Abdominal Operations, 2nd edition. Wolters Kluwer. 2019. 29(271-281)
- Grieco, M., Bernstein, M., Grucela, A. Condyloma. In: Steven D. Wexner, MD, and James W. Fleshman, MD. Eds. Master Techniques in Surgery: Colon and Rectal Surgery: Anorectal Operations, 2nd edition. Wolters Kluwer. 2019. 46(369-372)
- Bernstein, M., Grucela, A., Grieco, M. Rubber Band Ligation. In: Steven D. Wexner, MD, and James W. Fleshman, MD. Eds. Master Techniques in Surgery: Colon and Rectal Surgery: Anorectal Operations, 2nd edition. Wolters Kluwer. 2019. 5(23-26).
- Grucela, A., Schwartzberg, D., Bernstein, M. Anal Conditions: Anorectal Trauma. In: Scott Steele, Justin Maykel, and Steven D. Wexner Eds. Clinical Decision Making in Colorectal Surgery, 2nd edition, Springer. 2019.
- Schwartzberg, D., Brandstetter S., Grucela, A. Crohn’s Disease of the Esophagus, Stomach, and Duodenum. In: Scott Steele, and Michael Valente Eds. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Wolters Kluwer. 2019.
- Grucela, A., Schwartzberg, D., Grieco, M., Bernstein, M. Minimally Invasive Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis: Robotic IPAA. Cleveland Clinic’s Clinical Cases Series. Springer. 2019.
- Grucela A. Eisenstein S. Checklist for Patients and OR Team in Preparation for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery. Sylla, Kaiser, Popowich Eds. The SAGES Manual of Colorectal Surgery. Springer. 2019.
- Grucela, A. Anderson M., Toxic Megacolon. In: Thomas Reade, Sonia Ramamoorthy Eds. Seminars In Colon & Rectal Surgery. Elsevier. 2019.
- Grucela AL, 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. The American Surgeon. 2005 Apr;71(4):362-5.
- Grucela AL, Patel P, Goldstein E, Palmon R, Sachar DB, Steinhagen RM. Granulomatous enterocolitis associated with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2006 Sep; 101(9): 2090-5.
- Sarpel U, Bonavia AS, Grucela A, Roayaie S, Schwartz ME, Labow DM. Does anatomic versus nonanatomic resection affect recurrence and survival in patients undergoing surgery for colorectal liver metastasis? Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2009 Feb; 16(2):379-84.
- Grucela A, Salinas H, Khaitov S, Steinhagen R, Gorfine S, Chessin DB. A Prospective Analysis of Clinician Accuracy in the Diagnosis of Benign Anorectal Pathology: Comparison across Specialties and Years of Experience. May 2009. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Jan; 53(1):47-52.
- Grucela A, Steinhagen R. Current Surgical Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis. Mt Sinai J Med. 2009 June; 76(6):606-612.
- Grucela A, Bauer J, Gorfine S, Chessin D. Outcome and Long-Term Function of Restorative Proctocolectomy for Crohn’s Disease: Comparison to Patients with Ulcerative Colitis. June 2009. Colorectal Disease. 2011 April; 13(4) 426-30.
- Grucela, A, Gurland, B, Kiran, RP. Functional Outcomes and Quality of Life after Anorectal Surgery. Am Surg. 2012 Sep; 78(9):952-6.
- Kim S., Grucela A. “Fong Clinical Risk Score for Colorectal Cancer Recurrence.” MDCalc. https://www.mdcalc.com/fong-clinical-risk-score-colorectal-cancer Recurrence. 2013.
- Aydinli H.H., Aytac E., Grucela A.L. Bernstein M.B., Remzi F. The AdoptionDatabase. Gastroenterology. 2017 Apr; 152 (5) S1280–S1281.of Laparoscopic Colon Resection for Crohn's Disease: A Study from NSQIP Database. Gastroenterology. 2017 Apr; 152 (5) S1280–S1281.
- Aydinli H.H., Aytac E., Bernstein M.B., Remzi F., Grucela A.L. Factors for Crohn’s Disease. J Gastrointest Surgery. 2018 Apr 16. 22(8):1434–1441 Associated with Short Term Morbidity in Patients Undergoing Colon Resection for Crohn’s Disease. J Gastrointest Surgery. 2018 Apr 16. 22(8):1434–1441
- Aydinli HH., Bernstein MA, Grucela, AL. Robotic Ileocolic Resection withIntracorporeal Anastomosis for Complex Crohn’s Disease –a video vignette. Colorectal Dis. 2018 Dec;20 (12):1157-1158.
- Schwartzberg DS, Grieco M, Timen M, Grucela AL, Bernstein M, Wexner SD,Current Practices of “Watch & Wait” Rectal Cancer Treatment. Colorectal Dis. Dec 2018 20(12):1069. Is the Whole World Watching and Waiting? An International Questionnaire on the Current Practices of “Watch & Wait” Rectal Cancer Treatment. Colorectal Dis. Dec 2018 20(12):1069.
- Granieri MA, Zhao LC, Breyer BN, Voelzke BB, Baradaran N, Grucela AL, Marcello P, Vanni AJ. Multi-Institutional Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Harvest of Rectal Mucosa Graft for Anterior Urethral Reconstruction. J Urology. Jun; 201(6):1164-1170
- Howard KN, Zhao, LC, Weinberg A, Granieri M, Bernstein, MA, Grucela AL. Robotic Transanal Minimally Invasive Rectal Mucosa Harvest. Surgical Endoscopy. 2019. June 11.
- Anderson M, Lynn P, Aydinli HH, Schwartzberg, D, Bernstein M, Grucela AL. Early Experience with Urgent Robotic Subtotal Colectomy for Severe Acute Ulcerative Colitis has comparable perioperative outcomes to Laparoscopic Surgery. J Robot Surg. 2019 May 10.
- Howard K, Zhao LC, Weinberg A, Granieri M, Bernstein M, Grucela AL. A Novel Surgery: Robotic Transanal Rectal Mucosal Harvest. Video. Techniques in Coloproctology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10151-019-02008-8
- Schwartzberg, D., Brandstetter S., Grucela, A. Crohn’s Disease of the Esophagus, Stomach, and Duodenum. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2019 Jul;32(4):231-242
- Sant, V, Reich, E, Khanna L, Grucela AL. Attenuated Familial Adenomatous
Polyposis (AFAP) in a Patient Associated with a Novel Mutation in APC. BMJ Case Reports. Nov 2019. 12(11).
- Jang J, Kwok B, Grucela A, Bernstein M, Remzi F, Hudesman D, Chen J,
Chang S. Alvimopan for the Prevention of Post-Operative Ileus in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients. Dig Dis Sci Sept 2019
- H. Hande Aydinli, Marissa Anderson, Amanda Hambrecht, Mitchell A. Bernstein & Alexis L. Grucela, Robotic ileocolic resection with intracorporeal anastomosis for Crohn’s disease, 2020, DOI 10.1007/s11701-020-01125-z