2.5.23 Transanal TME: A story of collaborative innovation with Dr. Patricia Sylla Dr. Pat Sylla graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2000 and completed her General Surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Sylla is an innovator with particular interest in minimally invasive approaches to rectal diseases. While still a clinical fellow, she initiated a transanal NOTES project in a swine model that transitioned to a cadaveric model and led to the first clinical case of transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) for rectal cancer in 2009. Dr. Sylla has helped implement taTME worldwide and is leading the North American Phase II Multicenter North American trial of taTME for rectal cancer. Dr. Sylla is a Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital where she serves as System Chief of colorectal surgery, associate program director of the colorectal fellowship, and director of clinical trials for the Department of Surgery. Her clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive treatment of colorectal rectal cancer, diverticular disease and IBD. She is president elect of SAGES.