Dr. Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD

Dr. Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 40
Dr. Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Newark, NJ and has been practicing for 5 years. She graduated from MT SINAI SCH OF MED OF NY UNIV in 2005 and specializes in colon & rectal surgery and general surgery.Read her story

90 Bergen St # 7100

Newark, NJ 07103

Contact Information

(973) 972-1110

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • America's Choice Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Clover Health
  • Devon Health
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • Medicaid
  • 6 More

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Anal or Rectal Pain
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more than 93% of peers
Anal Disorders
more than 84% of peers
more than 77% of peers

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Dr. Alvarez-Downing's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Alvarez-Downing "Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD, is a colorectal surgeon who received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was awarded her medical degree from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2005, and completed a general surgery residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She went on to pursue a clinical research fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland. She then completed a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, as well as a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr. Alvarez-Downing has specific interests in laparoscopic surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, fecal incontinence and other disorders of the colon and rectum. She is fluent in Spanish and her practice location is at University Hospital, Doctors Office Center, 7th floor, Suite 7100."
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2  Specialties

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

22  Conditions Treated

20  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • 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
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • 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)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Sam Houston State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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