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Elisa H. Birnbaum, MD

Professor, Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Areas

Colorectal Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Crohn's Disease

Board Certifications

Colon & Rectal Surgery
General Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

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

Areas of Clinical Interest

Colorectal cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence, benign colorectal disorders, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis, genetics, rectal prolapse, obstetrical injuries, anal sphincter, rectal-vaginal fistulas, pelvic floor malfunctions, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula, dysfunctional voiding, anal stenosis, obstructive defecation, perirectal fistulas and fissures, rectocele, cystocele and enterocele.

  • Maps & Directions
  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital 
Siteman Cancer Center
Medical Building Two

10 Barnes West Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Phone: 314-747-7222

Office Phone: (314) 454-7177

Center for Advanced Medicine

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: C
Floor: 8
Office Phone: 314-454-7117

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Building One

1040 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Office Phone: (314) 454-7177
Fax: (314) 454-5249

Education

Education

Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 1991
Residency: Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York 1990
Medical School: University Of Illinois, Peoria, Illinois 1985
B.S.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 1981

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Preoperative short-course radiation therapy for rectal cancer provides excellent disease control and toxicity: Results from a single US institution.
Roy A, Mahasittiwat P, Weiner AA, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Kodner IJ, Read TE, Fleshman JW, Olsen JR, Myerson RJ, Parikh PJ
Pract Radiat Oncol. 2017 Jan - Feb; 7(1)e51-e58. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2016.08.010.

PMID:
    27720702
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Impaired outcome colitis-associated rectal cancer versus sporadic cancer.
Klos CL, Safar B, Wise PE, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Dharmarajan S
J Surg Res. 2016 Jul; 204(1)123-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2016.03.006.

PMID:
    27451878
    [PubMed - in process]
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Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons evidence based reviews in surgery - colorectal surgery.
Brasel KJ, Birnbaum EH, Datta I, Members of the Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group.
Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Sep; 57(9)1149-51. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000189.

PMID:
    25101615
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Accordion complication grading predicts short-term outcome after right colectomy.
Klos CL, Safar B, Hunt SR, Wise PE, Birnbaum EH, Mutch MG, Fleshman JW, Dharmarajan S
J Surg Res. 2014 Aug; 190(2)510-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.11.1084.

PMID:
    24485152
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Obesity increases risk for pouch-related complications following restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA).
Klos CL, Safar B, Jamal N, Hunt SR, Wise PE, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG, Dharmarajan S
J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Mar; 18(3)573-9. doi: 10.1007/s11605-013-2353-8.

PMID:
    24091910
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Time to initiation of postoperative chemotherapy: an outcome measure for patients undergoing laparoscopic resection for rectal cancer.
Strouch MJ, Zhou G, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Mutch MG
Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Aug; 56(8)945-51. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e318290ce30.

PMID:
    23838862
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Is an elective diverting colostomy warranted in patients with an endoscopically obstructing rectal cancer before neoadjuvant chemotherapy?
Patel JA, Fleshman JW, Hunt SR, Safar B, Birnbaum EH, Lin AY, Mutch MG
Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Mar; 55(3)249-55. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e3182411a8f.

PMID:
    22469790
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The efficacy of nonoperative management of acute complicated diverticulitis.
Dharmarajan S, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG
Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jun; 54(6)663-71. doi: 10.1007/DCR.0b013e31820ef759.

PMID:
    21552049
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Clinically enlarged lateral pelvic lymph nodes do not influence prognosis after neoadjuvant therapy and TME in stage III rectal cancer.
Dharmarajan S, Shuai D, Fajardo AD, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Fleshman JW, Lin AY
J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Aug; 15(8)1368-74. doi: 10.1007/s11605-011-1533-7.

PMID:
    21533959
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Laparoscopic vs open resection for patients with rectal cancer: comparison of perioperative outcomes and long-term survival.
Baik SH, Gincherman M, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW
Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Jan; 54(1)6-14. doi: 10.1007/DCR.0b013e3181fd19d0.

PMID:
    21160307
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Laparoscopic versus open 2-stage ileal pouch: laparoscopic approach allows for faster restoration of intestinal continuity.
Fajardo AD, Dharmarajan S, George V, Hunt SR, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Mutch MG
J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Sep; 211(3)377-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2010.05.018.

PMID:
    20800195
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Laparoscopic colectomy using cancer principles is appropriate for colonoscopically unresectable adenomas of the colon.
Loungnarath R, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Read TE, Fleshman JW
Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Jul; 53(7)1017-22. doi: 10.1007/DCR.0b013e3181df0b8f.

PMID:
    20551753
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Stage IV rectal cancer with liver metastases: is there a benefit to resection of the primary tumor?
Cellini C, Hunt SR, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Bierhals AJ, Mutch MG
World J Surg. 2010 May; 34(5)1102-8. doi: 10.1007/s00268-010-0483-7.

PMID:
    20177683
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Ex vivo sentinel lymph node mapping in patients undergoing proctectomy for rectal cancer.
Finan KR, Lewis JS Jr, Winslow E, Mutch MG, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW
Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Mar; 53(3)243-50. doi: 10.1007/DCR.0b013e3181c3822b.

PMID:
    20173468
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Work-up of the constipated patient.
Birnbaum EH
Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2008 Nov; 21(4)313-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1089948.

PMID:
    20011444
    [PubMed]
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Laparoscopic vs. open total abdominal colectomy for severe colitis: impact on recovery and subsequent completion restorative proctectomy.
Chung TP, Fleshman JW, Birnbaum EH, Hunt SR, Dietz DW, Read TE, Mutch MG
Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 Jan; 52(1)4-10. doi: 10.1007/DCR.0b013e3181975701.

PMID:
    19273949
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Radiotherapy for epidermoid carcinoma of the anus: thirty years' experience.
Myerson RJ, Outlaw ED, Chang A, Birnbaum EH, Fleshman JW, Grigsby PW, Kodner IJ, Malayapa RS, Mutch MG, Parikh P, Picus J, Tan BR
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Oct 1; 75(2)428-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2008.11.047.

PMID:
    19251377
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Recurrence and quality of life following perineal proctectomy for rectal prolapse.
Glasgow SC, Birnbaum EH, Kodner IJ, Fleshman JW Jr, Dietz DW
J Gastrointest Surg. 2008 Aug; 12(8)1446-51. doi: 10.1007/s11605-008-0531-x.

PMID:
    18516652
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Hand-assisted laparoscopic vs. laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a multicenter, prospective, randomized trial.
Marcello PW, Fleshman JW, Milsom JW, Read TE, Arnell TD, Birnbaum EH, Feingold DL, Lee SW, Mutch MG, Sonoda T, Yan Y, Whelan RL
Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Jun; 51(6)818-26; discussion 826-8. doi: 10.1007/s10350-008-9269-5.

PMID:
    18418653
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Preoperative anal manometry predicts continence after perineal proctectomy for rectal prolapse.
Glasgow SC, Birnbaum EH, Kodner IJ, Fleshman JW, Dietz DW
Dis Colon Rectum. 2006 Jul; 49(7)1052-8.

PMID:
    16649117
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Notes

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