Daniel H. Hunt, MD, FACS
Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Daniel H. Hunt, MD, FACS

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

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Daniel H. Hunt, M.D. is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is the Site Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

Dr. Hunt specializes in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant colorectal diseases. His expertise also includes surgical management of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, anal fistulae, and fissures. He has a particular interest in sphincter preservation for low rectal cancers. These advanced procedures and treatment plans, combined with new technologies offer patients improved safety, comfort and maintenance of normal bowel function.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery


  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Fissure
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Bowel-Sparing Strictureplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Bowel Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Colon Surgery
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Laparoscopy
  • Intestinal Fistula Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Cancer of Colon With Rectum
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Anal Sphincter Incontinence
  • Lower Endoscopy
  • Robotic Surgery


Dr. Hunt earned his M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1999.  He began his general surgery residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey in 1999.  He spent two years as a Surgical Oncology Fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College studying the effects of APC mutations on colon carcinogenesis.  Dr. Hunt completed his general surgery residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2006.  He went on to complete a Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery and Rectal Cancer Management Fellowship at Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA in 2007.  During his time at Lankenau, he gained extensive training in advanced laparoscopy, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, and the multidisciplinary management of rectal cancer under Drs. John and Gerald Marks. Dr. Hunt completed his surgical training with a Colorectal Surgery Residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell and Columbia campuses under Drs. Jeffrey Milsom and Richard Whelan in 2008. He was recruited back to Lankenau Medical Center on completion of his training and joined the staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center a year later in 2009.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.  He is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research in abstracts, posters and oral presentations at many professional society meetings.



Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Physician of the Year, New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital 2016

Resident Poster Presentation, New York Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2008

Resident Teaching Award, SUNY Downstate 2006

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of New York physicians 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education and Training

  • M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999
  • B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1993


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

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External Relationships

External Relationships

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