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Christina Cellini, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-2727

Fax: (585) 276-2203

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Surgery


As a colorectal surgeon, I use minimally invasive techniques to treat cancer including laparoscopic, robotic and transanal approaches. In addition, I am the director of our surgical endoscopy center where we help the community access screening for colorectal cancers and other conditions.

I chose this field because of my exposure to wonderful, talented and caring mentors during medical school and residency rotations, as well as from my research experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Since I believe the best approach to care is a collaborative partnership that takes individual patient needs into account, I work together with my patients to help achieve the best outcome to speed recovery and maximize overall health. I bring to the table my skills, experience and education, but my patients bring a deep understanding of their own bodies that no one else can match. As my patient, you can be confident knowing I am here to listen – and to partner with you to deliver the best possible custom-tailored care.

Conditions I Treat

- Colon cancer/polyps
- Rectal cancer
- Anal cancer
- Appendiceal cancer
-Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)

Professional Background

The University of Rochester Medical Center welcomes Dr. Christina Cellini as an Associate Professor of Surgery. A native of Roslyn, New York, Dr. Cellini earned her bachelor of science degree from Cornell University, School of Agricultural and Life Sciences where she graduated with honors and her medical school degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Prior to joining URMC, Dr. Cellini completed her residency in general surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Cellini completed a colon and rectal surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis and a research fellowship in GI motility at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Cellini is American Board Certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery and is licensed in the state of New York. In addition to being the recipient of numerous awards and honors, she has authored a wide variety of publications and has presented at national meetings. Dr. Cellini is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.




    MD | Weill Medical College of Cornell University

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
    Fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis

    06/16/2001 - 06/15/2008
    Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

    06/16/2000 - 06/15/2001
    Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell

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    2007 - 2008
    Administrative Chief Resident
    Sponsor: New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Location: New York, NY

    Rosenkrantz Resident Research Award
    Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics

    G. Thomas Shires II Prize in General Surgery

    Papanicolaou Fellow in Anatomy

    David P. Barr Research Fellowship

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    Journal Articles

    Cellini C. "Functioning within the dysfunction: practical approaches to reducing surgeon burnout." The British journal of surgery.. 2022 Mar 30; Epub 2022 Mar 30.

    Justiniano CF, Temple LK, Swanger AA, Xu Z, Speranza JR, Cellini C, Salloum RM, Fleming FJ. "Readmissions With Dehydration After Ileostomy Creation: Rethinking Risk Factors." Diseases of the colon and rectum.. 2018 Nov; 61(11):1297-1305.

    Aquina CT, Fleming FJ, Becerra AZ, Hensley BJ, Noyes K, Monson JRT, Temple LK, Cellini C. "Who gets a pouch after colectomy in New York state and why?" Surgery.. 2018 Feb; 163(2):305-310. Epub 2017 Oct 13.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Surgical Management of Colon Cancer
    Book Title: The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery
    Author List: Cellini, C., Mutch, M.G.
    Edited By: Beck, Senagore, Roberts, Wexner, Saclarides, Stamos
    Published By: Springer 2011

    Chapter Title: Percutaneous Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques in the Treatment of Breast Disease
    Book Title: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease
    Author List: Simmons, RM: Cellini, C.
    Edited By: Singletary, Robb, Hortobagyi
    Published By: Decker 2004 in Ontario, BC



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