Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, MD

Colorectal Surgery •  Female • Age 60

  
Dr. Birnbaum

Barnes West County Clinic

1040 N Mason Rd, Ste 120 Saint Louis, MO 63141

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(314) 454-7177

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, MD is a colorectal surgery specialist in Saint Louis, MO and has been practicing for 29 years. She graduated from University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago in 1985 and specializes in colorectal surgery.


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  • Hospital satisfaction Patients said they were highly satisfied at this doctor's hospital. See hospitals
  • Practices at top hospital General Surgery Excellence Award™ See hospitals
  • Practices at top hospital Patient Safety Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Birnbaum's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Anal Disorders
very high
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum treats Anal Disorders more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Birnbaum treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Colectomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum performs Colectomy more than 95% of her peers

Dr. Birnbaum performs this procedure more than 95% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
Anal Fissure
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum treats Anal Fissure more than 95% of her peers

Dr. Birnbaum treats this condition more than 95% of her peers

Dr. Birnbaum's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Birnbaum's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Birnbaum

3.7

Based on 19 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
(1)
1 Star
26.31578947368421%
(5)

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What People Say About Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, MD
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Performed two surgeries on me in hospital, one emergency surgery. Woke up from second surgery and didn't think I was going to make it. Went from laparoscopic to open, left a giant incision. Saved my life, but was "the best they could do for me". I was yelled at after surgery for it being my fault. She is hard and fierce, and does not like negative outcomes. Still dealing with severe complications from the surgery, and having multiple near life death bleeding episodes after everything.
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Excellent clinician and surgeon. Answers questions, professional and very skilled. Operated me emergently with very good outcome. Even called me at home to check on me post-op. Very considerate Would recommend her for future surgeries .
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Dr. Birnbaum saved my intestinal function, and possibly my life, when I was a patient at Jewish Hospital in the 1990s. When attempts to treat my diverticulitis failed, she performed extensive surgery to remove the infected section of colon and clear the infected area of infection. Three months later she reconnected my colon. 6 months later I ran my first 10k. I had little reason for office visits but always found Dr Birnbaum's friendly and helpful and her own bedside manner exceptional.
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She saved my life. She never gave up on me even when the cause of my health problem couldn't be found. My bowel was radiated to death by a local rad dr. who burnt my insides up. She did everything possible to put me back together as my body tissue fell apart in her hands. thank you doc sincerely Carolyn your trouble child
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Absolute rockstar.
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This doctor made me cry. I had had 2 unsuccessful surgeries and countless tests by the time I went to see her. She got offended because I asked her questions. She's rude, more concerned about her ego, and couldn't have cared less about me. And for this I paid $40? She's a jerk; the only medical office she should be in is one with a psychiatrist sitting across ftom her.
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Has bedside manner of a rabid raccoon. Horrible antagonizing,elitist,and patronizing attitude. She never received my records from the hospital and said what am i suppose to do get them myself?..So she never saw results of any of my tests. She over talked me focused on blaming me for forgetting my bowel record she gave me from last visit. She ended the horrible visit w/ You'll always have this problem,it will always be this bad , and there is no procedure for you. Depression jus sky rocketed
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She couldn't care less about the infection I got after she operated on me, nor the fact that my primary is the one who had to prescribe meds to treat it. She has a horrible bedside manner, and rushes through appointments. I wouldn't recommend her to anyone!
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Biography

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, MD is a colorectal surgery specialist in Saint Louis, MO and has been practicing for 29 years. She graduated from University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago in 1985 and specializes in colorectal surgery.

Specialties

  • Colorectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

1991
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1990
Li Jewish Med Center
Residency Hospital
1985
University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
Medical School

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Barnes Jewish Hospital

Saint Louis, MO

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • General Surgery Excellence Award™ (2020)

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)