Steven Stylianos, MD

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Dr. Steven Stylianos serves Columbia University as the Rudolph N Schullinger Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. He is currently the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/New York Presbyterian.

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 (now NYP/Columbia University Irving 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 Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Children's Hospital of New York in 1992. He has organized and directed the multi-disciplinary teams of physicians and nurses who have separated five sets of conjoined twins. 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 an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, a site verification officer of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and serves on the American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation's Board of Directors as Treasurer. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the 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 received the prestigious American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association's 2016 Champions Award and the American Trauma Society's 2016 NY State Trauma Medical Director of Distinction.

Dr Stylianos and his wife Joann are proud grandparents to Nico, Layla and Romy.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Biliary Atresia
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy for chronic abdominal pain
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Newborn surgical conditions
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Repair of chest wall deformities

Academic Appointments

  • Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor of Pediatric Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

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


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Englewood, NJ 07631
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Credentials & Experience

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

Committees, Societies, Councils

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

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2012 – 2022
  • American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association's 2016 Champions Award
  • American Trauma Society's 2016 NY State Trauma Medical Director of Distinction
America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor


Research Interests

  • Biliary Atresia
  • Evidence-based guidelines in pediatric trauma

Selected Publications

  1. JC Price, JJ. Lee, C Ing, G Li, J Narula, S Stylianos, RA Whittington, RJ Levy, LS Sun.  Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Positivity in Pediatric Surgical Patients Amid the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City.  J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2022;34:132–135; PMID: 34870636;   DOI: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000805
  2. Griggs C, Schmaedick M, Gerall C, Fan W, Orlas C, Price J, Simpson L, Miller R, DeFazio J, Stylianos S, Rothenberg S, Duron V. Vanishing congenital lung malformations: What is the incidence of true regression? J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2021 Aug 26. doi: 10.3233/NPM-210740. Online ahead of print.    PMID: 34459416
  3. E Kang, JI Shin, AD Griesemer, S Lobritto, D Goldner, JM Vittorio, S Stylianos, M Martinez.  Risk Factors for 30-Day Unplanned Readmission after Hepatectomy: Analysis of 438 Pediatric Patients from the ACS-NSQIP-P Database. J Gastrointest Surgery 2021 PMID: 33825121;  Published on-line 6 April 2021;
  4. Gerall C, DeFazio JR, Stylianos S, Fenster DB, Duron VP.  Delayed presentation and Sub-Optimal Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with Acute Appendicitis during the COVID-19 Pandemic,   J Pediatr Surg 56;905-910, 2021.  PMID: 33220973 published on-line Oct 20, 2020. j.jpedsurg.2020.10.008
  5. DeFazio JR, Kahan A, Fallon EM, Griggs C, Kabagambe S, Zitsman J, Middlesworth W, Stylianos S, Duron V.  Development of Pediatric Surgical Decision-Making Guidelines at the Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Pediatr Surg 55;1427-1430, 2020. PMID: 32553456
  6. Stylianos S, Mesa-Jonassen AE, Albanese CT, Bacha EA, Stark N, Guida S, Goffman D, Saiman L, Kernie SG, Lalwani AK, Cassai M, Sun LS.  The Perioperative Services Response at a Major Children’s Hospital During the Peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City.  Annals of Surgery 272:199-203, 2020.  PMID: 32452952 published on-line May 22, 2020. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004104
  7. Gates RL, Price M, Petty J, Stylianos S, Williams R. Non-operative Management of Solid Organ Injuries in Children: An APSA Outcomes and Evidence Based Practice Committee systematic review.  J Pediatr Surg 54:1519-1526, 2019. DOI:; PMID: 30773395
  8. Stylianos S.  To Save a Child's Spleen: 50 Years from Toronto to ATOMAC. J Pediatr Surg 54:9-15, 2019. PMID: 30404720
  9. Coons BE, Tam SF, Rubsam JM, Stylianos S, Duron VP.  High volume crystalloid resuscitation adversely affects pediatric trauma patients. J Pediatr Surg 53:2202-2208, 2018. PMID: 30072215
  10. Denning NL, Abdel-Shafy I, Hagen J, Stylianos S, Prince JM, Lipskar AM. Outpatient curettage and electrocautery as an alternative for pediatric gastrocutaneous fistulae. J Surg Res 229:96-101, 2018.    doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.03.037.  PMID:29937023
  11. Schad, C, Stylianos S, Middlesworth W, et al.  Routine Use of Distal Arterial Perfusion in Pediatric Femoral Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.  Artificial Organs 41:11-16, 2017.  doi: 10.1111/aor.12861.
  12. Ko RR, Pinyavat T, Stylianos S, Lambert SM, Anderson RC, Gallin PF, Maxwell LG, Ward CG, Deshpande JK, Houck CS. Optimal timing of surgical procedures in pediatric patients.  J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 28:395-399, 2016.
  13. Kalesan B, Stylianos S, Galea S.  Racial/ethnic specific trends in pediatric firearm-related hospitalizations in the US, 1998-2011.  J Matern Child Health 20:1082-90, 2016. PMID: 26645619.
  14. Kalesan B, Stylianos S, Galea S.  Race/ethnicity, neighborhood poverty and pediatric firearm hospitalizations in the US.  Ann Epidemiol 26:1-6, 2016. PMID: 26596958
  15. Rothenberg S, Middlesworth W, Kadennhe-Chiweshe A, Aspelund G, Stylianos S.  Two decades of experience with thoracoscopic lobectomy in infants and children.  J Laparo  Adv Surg Techn 25:423-428, 2015.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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,
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Alkhoury F, Malvezzi L, Knight C,  Stylianos S, Burnweit C.  Routine same-day discharge after acute or interval appendectomy in children.  Arch Surg 147:443-446, 2012.
  23. Alkhoury F, Burnweit C, Malvezzi L, Knight C, Nazarey P,  Stylianos S.  A prospective study of safety and satisfaction with same-day discharge following laparoscopic appendectomy.  J Pediatr Surg 47:313-316, 2012.
  24. Stylianos S, Nichols L, Ventura N, Malvezzi L, Knight C, Burnweit C.  The “all-in-one” appendectomy: Quick, scarless, and less costly. J Pediatr Surg 46:2336-2341, 2011.
  25. Burnweit CA, Stylianos S. Disaster response in a pediatric field hospital:  Lessons learned in Haiti.  J Pediatr Surg 46:1131-1139, 2011.
  26. Pieretti-Vanmarcke R, Velmahos GC, Stylianos S, Pineda C, Masiakos PT, et al.  Clinical clearance of the cervical spine in blunt trauma patients under the age of three years: A multi-center study of the AAST.  J Trauma 67:543-550, 2009.
  27. Stylianos S, Nathens AB.  Comparing processes of pediatric trauma care at children’s hospital versus adult hospitals. J Trauma 63:S96-S100, 2007.
  28. Stylianos S, Egorova N, Guice KS, Arons R, Oldham KT.  Variation in treatment of pediatric spleen injury at trauma centers versus non-trauma centers: A call for dissemination of APSA benchmarks and guidelines.  J Am Coll Surg 202:247-251, 2006.
  29. Signorino PR, Densmore J, Werner M, Winthrop A, Stylianos S, Guice KS, Oldham KT.  Pediatric pelvic injury: Functional outcome at 6-month follow-up.  J Pediatr Surg 40:107-113, 2005.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Stylianos S.  The impact of firearm violence on children: Support for prevention strategies. J Pediatr Surg 34:1445-1446, 1999.