Caitlin Polistena, MD

Caitlin Polistena, MD


Caitlin Polistena, MD, is the newest member of the PSSL team.  She has a strong interest in weight loss surgery, hernia surgery, and surgery for the treatment of acid reflux. She has advanced training in laparoscopic weight loss surgery, as well as other surgeries of the foregut including Nissen fundoplication for acid reflux and Heller myotomy for achalasia. In addition to foregut surgery, Dr. Polistena is skilled in the treatment of various types of hernia including those of the groin (inguinal, femoral), abdominal wall (umbilical, ventral), and diaphram (hiatal or paraesophageal).

Dr. Polistena received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 2007 and her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2014. She completed surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY in 2019 and went on to complete a minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Board Certification and License

  • General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery since 2020
  • State of Massachusetts 283456 since 2020


  • Dr. Herbert A. Black Scholarship recipient, Bowdoin College, 2012-2014
  • Freeman Fellowship recipient, Bowdoin College, 2006


  • Polistena C, Chipman C, Dong C, Choi J. Standard Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastro-Omento-Pexy Technique and GERD: A Retrospective Case Control Study. Poster of Distinction at the Presidential Grand Rounds at ASMBS 36th Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Polistena C, Camacho D. (2019, April). Incidental Paraduodenal Hernia During Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. Video loop presentation at SAGES 2019 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Choi J and Polistena C. Management of Marginal Ulceration, In: Camacho DR, Zundel N, editors. Complications in Bariatric Surgery.Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature; 2018. p. 45-57.
  • Polistena C, Bellistri JP, Camacho D. (2018, June). Transversus abdominis plane block with liposomal bupivacaine in patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy. Podium presentation at ASMBS Weekend 2018, New York, NY.
  • Polistena C, Camacho D. (2018, April). Laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal repair of spigelian hernia. Video loop presentation at SAGES 2018 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Polistena C, Laird A, Bellemare S. (2017, October). Large, locally advanced adrenocortical carcinoma: a multidisciplinary approach. Video podium presentation at ACS Clinical Congress 2017, San Diego, CA.
  • Polistena C, Camacho D. (2016, September). Incidence, indications, and feasibility of revisional bariatric surgery in the Hispanic population: A single institution retrospective analysis. Poster presentation at IFSO 2016 21st World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  
  • Polistena CJ, Ali H, Melvin WS. (2016, March). The critical view of safety: Enhanced imaging with use of near infrared fluorescent cholangiography. Video podium presentation at SAGES 2016 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.  
  • Polistena C, Serrano O, Boley S, Weinberg G, Melvin WS. (2016, March). Intestinal obstruction in a virgin abdomen from an anomalous congenital band. Video podium presentation at SAGES 2016 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.