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Steven Stylianos, MD

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Pediatric Surgery
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Expertise

  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pediatric Surgery


Education & Training

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine
  • 1983 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston

Honors & Awards

  • New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2015-2016
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Service Excellence Award 2002, for the Pediatric Bereavement "Good Grief" Program

About Steven Stylianos

Dr. Steven Stylianos returns to Columbia University as the Rudolph N Schullinger Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. He serves asthe Surgeon-in-Chief of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Stylianos served as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center (North Shore-LIJ) from 2011-2013 and at Miami Children’s Hospital from 2005-2011.

A graduate of Rutgers University and the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Stylianos completed his general surgical training at Columbia–Presbyterian Medical Center. He subsequently spent two years as the Trauma Fellow at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston and then completed his formal pediatric surgery training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stylianos joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Children’s Hospital of New York in 1992. He organized and directed the 50-member team of physicians and nurses who separated conjoined twins in 1993, 1995 and 2000. These conjoined twins separations attracted the attention of the national media, including Dateline NBC, CBS 48 Hours and Fox News.

Throughout the years, Dr. Stylianos has served as Chairman of the Trauma Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) from 1997–2002 and authored the APSA position paper supporting all measures to reduce the toll of firearm violence in children. He also served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s grant to APSA “Partnership for Development and Dissemination of Outcomes Measures for Injured Children.”

Currently, Dr. Stylianos is a site verification officer of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and recently served as a consultant on the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and served on the Executive Board as a founding member of the Pediatric Trauma Society. Dr Stylianos was recently named to the Board of Governance of ColumbiaDoctors and named a Samberg Family Scholar in Children’s Health. Dr Stylianos recently received the prestigious American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association’s 2016 Champions Award.

Academic Titles

  • Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor of Pediatric Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, New York, NY

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

American Board of Surgery-Ped Surgery Board Consultant, 2010-present

American College of Surgeons, Fellow (FACS)
Committee on Trauma, 2011-present
Advisory Council Task Force on Outcomes, 1996-1998

American Academy of Pediatrics, Specialty Fellow (FAAP)
Program Committee, 1998-2002
Surgical Section, New York Chapter Liason, 2003-2005
Surgical Section, Florida Chapter Liason, 2007-2011

American Pediatric Surgical Association
Committee on Trauma, 1992-2002
Chair, 1997-2002
Committee on Outcomes and Clinical Trials, 2001-05
Vice-Chair, 2001-02
Nominating Committee, 1997-98; 2002-03; 2009-10
Education Committee, 2004-2007
International Relations Committee, 2007-2010
Workforce Committee, 2008-2011

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2001-present

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 1989-present
Program Committee, 1991-1993
Violence Prevention Task Force, 1993-1997
Publication Committee, 1994-1997
Pediatric Trauma Ad Hoc Committee, 2011-present

Organization of Children’s Hospitals Surgeons-in-Chief, 2010-present

Pediatric Trauma Society
Executive Board and Founding Member, 2011-present
Nominating Committee, Chair, 2011

Medical Advisory Board, Children’s Health Network, 1998-2003
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Florida Association of Pediatric Surgeons, 2005-2011

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations


Research Interests

  • Evidence-based guidelines in pediatric trauma diagnosis Laparoscopy for chronic abdominal pain

Selected Publications

  1. Crotty J, Wang K, Stylianos S, Vitale M, et al. The Pediatric Comfort Initiative: A Multidisciplinary Initiative to Improve Postoperative Pain Management in a Pediatric Med-Surg Unit. Am J Med Qual (in press, 2016).
  2. Sun L, Gallin P, Lambert S, Anderson R, S Stylianos. Report of the Fifth PANDA Symposium on Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment in Children. J Neurosurg Anesth (in press, 2016).
  3. Kalesan B, Stylianos S, Galea S. Racial/ethnic specific trends in pediatric firearm-related hospitalizations in the US, 1998-2011. J Maternal and Child Health (in press, 2016).
  4. Kalesan B, Stylianos S, Galea S. Race/ethnicity, neighborhood poverty and pediatric firearm hospitalizations in the US. Ann Epidemiol (in press, 2016).
  5. Rothenberg S, Middlesworth W, Kadennhe-Chiweshe A, Aspelund G, and Stylianos S. Two decades of experience with thoracoscopic lobectomy in infants and children. J Laparo Adv Surg Techn 25:423-428, 2015.
  6. Polites SF, Zielinski MD, Zarroug AE, Stylianos S. Benchmarks for splenectomy in pediatric trauma: How are we doing? J Pediatr Surg 50:339-342, 2015.
  7. M Byrne, P Casale, M Garzon, J Hyman, C Schleien, S Stylianos. Pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists expand the dialogue on the neurotoxicity question: Rationale for early and delayed surgeries and practice changes while awaiting definitive evidence. J Neurosurg Anesth 2014 Oct;26(4):391-5.
  8. Alkhoury F, Knight C, Stylianos S, et al. Prospective comparison of non narcotic versus narcotic out-patient oral analgesic use after laparoscopic appendectomy and early discharge. Minimally Invasive Surgery 2014; Article ID 509632,
  9. Golden J, Mitchell I, Lipskar A, Stylianos S, Rosen N. Reducing scheduled phlebotomy in stable pediatric patients with blunt liver or spleen injury. J Pediatr Surg 49:759-762, 2014.
  10. Nazarey P, Stylianos S, Velis E, et al. Treatment of suspected acute perforated appendicitis with antibiotics and interval appendectomy. J Pediatr Surg 49:447-450, 2014.
  11. Alaish SM, Strauch ED, Stylianos S. An updated "historical" algorithm for Hirschsprung patients who present late or severely ill. Int J Clin Med 4:4-8, 2013.
  12. Stylianos S, and the APSA Liver/Spleen Trauma Study Group. Compliance with evidence-based guidelines in children with isolated spleen or liver injury: A prospective study. J Pediatr Surg 37:453-456, 2002.
  13. Kimura K, Nishijima E, Tsugawa C, Collins DL, Lazar EL, Stylianos S, Sandler A, Soper RT. Multistaged extrathoracic esophageal elongation procedure for long gap esophageal atresia. J Pediatr Surg 36:1725-1727, 2001.
  14. Stylianos S, and the APSA Trauma Committee. Evidence-based guidelines for resource utilization in children with isolated spleen or liver injury. J Pediatr Surg 35:164-169, 2000.
  15. Stylianos S. The impact of firearm violence on children: Support for prevention strategies. J Pediatr Surg 34:1445-1446, 1999.
  16. Berdon WE, Stylianos S, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Hoffer F, Cohen M. Neuroblastoma arising from the organ of Zuckerkandl: an unusual site with a favorable biologic outcome. Pediatr Radiol 29:497-502, 1999.
  17. Hardin WD, Stylianos S, Lally KP. Evidence-based practice in pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg 34:908-913, 1999.
  18. Zangwill SD, Hsu DT, Garvin JH, Stolar CJ, Stylianos S, et al. Incidence and outcome of primary Epatein-Barr Virus infection and lymphoproliferative disease in pediatric heart transplant recipients. J Heart Lung Transplant 17:1161-1166, 1998.
  19. Stylianos S. Abdominal packing for severe hemorrhage. J Pediatr Surg 33:339-342, 1998.
  20. Stylianos S, Stein JE, Flanigan LM, Hechtman DH. Laparoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of children with recurrent abdominal pain. J Pediatr Surg 31:1158-1160, 1996.
  21. Stylianos S, Flanigan LM. Laparoscopy-guided percutaneous button gastrostomy in children after previous abdominal surgery. J Laparoendosc Surg 5:199-201, 1995.
  22. Greenfeld JI, Sampath L, Popilskis SJ, Brunnert SR, Stylianos S, Modak S. Decreased bacterial adherence and biofilm formation on chlorhexidine and silver sulfadiazine-impregnated central venous catheters implanted in swine. Crit Care Med 23:894-900, 1995.
  23. Stylianos S, Flanigan LM. Primary button gastrostomy: A simplified percutaneous, open, and laparoscopy-guided technique. J Pediatr Surg 30:219-220, 1995.
  24. Stylianos S, Jacir NN, Hoffman MA, Aronovitz MJ, Harris BH. Experimental volume replacement via lower extremity veins. J Trauma 35:666-670, 1993.
  25. Stylianos S, Jacir NN, Harris BH. Incarceration of inguinal hernias in infants prior to elective repair. J Pediatr Surg 28:582-583, 1993.
  26. Stylianos S, King TC. Occult diaphragm injuries at celiotomy for left chest stab wounds. Am Surg 58:364-368, 1992.
  27. Stylianos S, Hoffman MA, Rohrer RJ. Reduction hepatectomy for transplantation with the Argon Beam Coagulator. Surg Rounds 14:549-552, 1991.
  28. Stylianos S, Wakabayashi G, Gelfand JA, Harris BH. Experimental hemorrhage and blunt trauma do not increase circulating tumor necrosis factor. J Trauma 31:1063-1067, 1991.
  29. Bergman KS, Hoffman MA, Stylianos S, Jacir NN. Operative placement of transpyloric jejunal feeding catheters in children. Pediatr Surg Int 6:101-103, 1991.
  30. Stylianos S, Hoffman MA, Jacir NN, Harris BH. Sutureless hemisplenectomy. J Pediatr Surg 26:87-89, 1991.
  31. Hoffman MA, Stylianos S, Jacir NN. Technique of the transabdominal uncut Collis-Nissen fundoplication. Pediatr Surg Int 5:471-472, 1990

Chapters, case reports, reviews, and editorials:

  1. Stylianos S, Letton R, Gaines B. Spleen and Liver Trauma. In Powell, Hirschl, Waldhausen, and Jackson. Not A Textbook in Pediatric Surgery, 2016.
  2. Mejias R, Schad C, Okochi S, Cheung EW, Starr AJ, Kadenhe-Chiweshe A, Middlesworth W, Stylianos S. Bridge to diagnosis: The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a child with interstitial lung disease secondary to clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis. J Pediatr Surg Case Reports 9:31-33, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.epsc.2016.04.009.
  3. Stylianos S, Bass K, Cofer B, Letton R, Gaines B. Abdominal Trauma. In Puri, Encyclopedia of Pediatric Surgery (Volume 2), Springer, 2016.
  4. Stylianos S, Bass K, Cofer B. Pancreatic Trauma. In Powell, Hirschl, Waldhausen, and Jackson. Not A Textbook in Pediatric Surgery, 2016.
  5. Stylianos S, Bass K, Cofer B, Letton R, Gaines B. Controversies in the Management of Blunt Abdominal Trauma in Children. In Velhamos and Masiakos, Current Trauma Reports (Volume 2, 2016).
  6. Stylianos S, Mazziotti MV. Management of Major Abdominal Trauma. In: Spitz L, Coran AG (Eds), Operative Pediatric Surgery (7th Edition), Hodder Arnold, London, 2013.
  7. Donnelly S, Shuriff D, Stylianos S, Zitsman J. Severe allergic reaction following histrelin implant. J Pediatr Surg Case Reports 1:90-93, 2013.
  8. Stylianos S. "Abdominal Trauma", A multimedia module for the American Board of Surgery Pediatric SCORE curriculum, (on line) July 2013.
  9. Khader A, Gallagher J, Woods M, Yang W-L, Wang P, Stylianos S, Prince J Necrotizing enterocolitis: An Update on the Benefits of Breast Milk. Int J Child Health and Nutriti on 2:79-84, 2013
  10. Pararas N, Stylianos S, Tzakis A. Reconstruction of the extrahepatic portal vein after pancreatic trauma. J Pediatr Surg Case Reports 1:90-93, 2013.
  11. Fischer A, Stylianos S. Abdominal Trauma. In Nichols DG, Lappe DG, Paidas CN, Yaster M, Schleien C (Eds), Golden Hour: The Handbook of Advanced Pediatric Life Support (3rd Edition), Elsevier, Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2013 (in press).
  12. Stylianos S, Mazziotti MV. Management of Major Abdominal Trauma. In: Spitz L, Coran AG (Eds), Operative Pediatric Surgery (7th Edition), Hodder Arnold, London, 2013, (in p ress).
  13. Stylianos S, Pearl RH. Abdominal Trauma. In: Coran AG, Adzick NS, Krummel TM, Laberge JM, Shamberger R, Caldamone A (Eds), Pediatric Surgery (7th Edition), Elsevier, Inc, P hiladelphia, PA, 2012, p 289-309.
  14. Stylianos S, Hicks, BA. Abdominal and Renal Trauma. In Holcomb GW, Murphy JP (Eds), Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery (5th Edition), WB Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2010, p 190- 208.
  15. Stylianos S, Trozzi M, Fallat ME. The injured family: Hidden morbidity in pediatric trauma. In Inon AE (Ed), Pediatric Trauma: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment (2nd Edi tion). Akadia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009, p 109-120.
  16. Stylianos S, Vitale MG, Pearl RH. Complications in Pediatric Trauma. In Caty MG, Glick PL, Levitt MA, Haynes JH (eds), Complications in Pediatric Surgery, Informa Healthcar e, New York, 2009, p 377-389.
  17. Stylianos S, Ford HR. Outcomes in pediatric trauma care. Sem Pediatr Surg 17:110-115, 2008.
  18. Stylianos S. Commentary on Pediatric Trauma. In Feliciano DV, Mattox KL, Moore EE (eds), Trauma (6th edition), McGraw-Hill Medical, 2007, p 1000-1001.
  19. Cowles RA, Lobritto SJ, Stylianos S, Brodlie S, Smith LJ, Jan D. Serial transverse enteroplasty in a newborn patient. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 45:257-260, 2007.
  20. Cowles R, Stylianos S. Surgical Emergencies in the Newborn. In Polin RA, Yoder MC (Eds), Workbook in Practical Neonatology (4th Edition), Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2007, p 449-461.
  21. Stylianos S, Vitale M. Truncal Trauma. In Stringer M, Oldham K, Mouriquand P (Eds), Pediatric Surgery and Urology (2nd Edition), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 2 006, p 936-944.
  22. Stylianos S, Hicks BA, Pearl RH. Blunt Abdominal Trauma. In: Burg FD, Ingelfinger JR, Polin RA, Gershon AA (Eds), Current Pediatric Therapy (18th Edition), Elsevier, Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2006, p 213-218.
  23. Stylianos S, Mazziotti MV. Management of Major Abdominal Trauma. In: Spitz L, Coran AG (Eds), Operative Pediatric Surgery (6th Edition), Hodder Arnold, London, 2006, p 965 -976.
  24. Stylianos S, Pearl RH. Abdominal Trauma. In: Grosfeld JL, Fonkalsrud EW, Coran AG (Eds), Pediatric Surgery (6th Edition), Elsevier, Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2006, p 295-316.
  25. Stylianos S, Pearl RH, Babyn P. Abdominal Trauma. In: Wesson D, Cooper A, Scherer T, Stylianos S, Tuggle D (Eds), Pediatric Trauma: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatmen t, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2006, p 267-302.