Elisa Birnbaum

Elisa H. Birnbaum, MD

  • Professor of Surgery

Medical School

University Of Illinois, Peoria, Illinois, 1985

Post Doctoral Education

Residency: Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York, 1990

Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1991

Board Certifications

Colon & Rectal Surgery--Certified
General Surgery--Certified

Honors and Awards

2011, Listed in Best Doctors in America, (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Birnbaum specializes in colon and rectal surgery and cancer. Her areas of clinical interest include colorectal cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis, genetics, rectal prolapse, obstetrical injuries, anal sphincter, rectal-vaginal fistulas, pelvic floor malfunctions, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, anal fissure and anal fistula.

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis VA Medical Center

Patients Seen At

Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
1040 North Mason Road
Professional Office Building 1
Suite 120
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 454-7177
Fax: (314) 454-5249

Siteman Cancer Center
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Office Building 2
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 454-7177
Fax: (314) 454-5249

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
Suite 14102 Queeny Tower
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-7177

Selected Publications

Dharmarajan S, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG. The efficacy of nonoperative management of acute complicated diverticulitis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jun;54(6):663-71.

Dharmarajan S, Shuai D, Fajardo AD, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Fleshman JW, Lin AY. Clinically enlarged lateral pelvic lymph nodes do not influence prognosis after neoadjuvant therapy and TME in stage III rectal cancer. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Aug;15(8):1368-74.

Baik SH, Gincherman M, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW. Laparoscopic vs open resection for patients with rectal cancer: comparison of perioperative outcomes and long-term survival. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jan;54(1):6-14.

Fajardo AD, Dharmarajan S, George V, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG. Laparoscopic versus open 2-stage ileal pouch: laparoscopic approach allows for faster restoration of intestinal continuity. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Sep;211(3):377-83.

Loungnarath R, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Read TE, Fleshman JW. Laparoscopic colectomy using cancer principles is appropriate for colonoscopically unresectable adenomas of the colon. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Jul;53(7):1017-22.

Cellini C, Hunt SR, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Bierhals AJ, Mutch MG. Stage IV rectal cancer with liver metastases: is there a benefit to resection of the primary tumor? World J Surg. 2010 May;34(5):1102-8.

Finan KR, Lewis JS Jr, Winslow E, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW. Ex vivo sentinel lymph node mapping in patients undergoing proctectomy for rectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Mar;53(3):243-50.

Birnbaum EH. Work-up of the constipated patient. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2008 Nov;21(4):313-7.

Chung TP, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Dietz DW, Read TE, Mutch MG. Laparoscopic vs. open total abdominal colectomy for severe colitis: impact on recovery and subsequent completion restorative proctectomy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 Jan;52(1):4-10.

Myerson RJ, Outlaw ED, Chang A, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Grigsby PW, Kodner IJ, Malayapa RS, Mutch MG, Parikh P, Picus J, Tan BR. Radiotherapy for epidermoid carcinoma of the anus: thirty years' experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Oct 1;75(2):428-35.

Glasgow SC, Birnbaum EH, Kodner IJ, Fleshman JW Jr, Dietz DW. Recurrence and quality of life following perineal proctectomy for rectal prolapse. J Gastrointest Surg. 2008 Aug;12(8):1446-51.

Marcello PW, Fleshman JW, Milsom JW, Read TE, Arnell TD, Birnbaum EH, Feingold DL, Lee SW, Mutch MG, Sonoda T, Yan Y, Whelan RL. Hand-assisted laparoscopic vs. laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a multicenter, prospective, randomized trial. Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Jun;51(6):818-26; discussion 826-8.

Glasgow SC, Birnbaum EH, Kodner IJ, Fleshman JW, Dietz DW. Preoperative anal manometry predicts continence after perineal proctectomy for rectal prolapse. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2006;49(7):1052-1058.

Cotter SE, Grigsby PW, Siegel BA, Dehdashti F, Malyapa RS, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Wang X, Abbey E, Tan B, Kodner IJ, Hunt SR, Lowney JK, Mutch MG, Dietz DW, Myerson RJ. FDG-PET/CT in the evaluation of anal carcinoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics. 2006;65(3):720-725. Epub 2006 Apr 19.

Birnbaum EH. What's new in colon and rectal surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006;202(3):485-494.

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