About Our Practice

Laser Surgery Care, located in Manhattan, New York, is a distinguished private surgical facility known for its exceptional patient care and groundbreaking research. Specializing in anorectal health, our practice is particularly focused on studying anal dysplasia linked to the human papillomavirus. We are the leaders in anal cancer prevention through the use of high resolution anoscopy.  Additionally, we specialize in the latest technology to treat all anorectal conditions.





Joseph Terlizzi


Jonathan Baker


Shantice Branch, PA-C


Dr. Joseph Terlizzi


Dr. Terlizzi is double-board-certified in general and colorectal surgery. He brings advanced education, training, and experience to Laser Surgery Care, and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care, using the most advanced treatments in an environment where the patient feels comfortable.

Dr. Terlizzi is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is an expert in disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus, including hemorrhoids, abscesses, fissures, infections, anal dysplasia, cancer, constipation, incontinence, and pilonidal disease. He is the principal investigator at Laser Surgery Care for many clinical trials related to anal cancer prevention and surveillance. One of these studies, the ANCHOR trial, was the hallmark study proving that treating anal HSIL (precancerous lesions) reduces the risk of anal cancer and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. There were 15 clinical sites for ANCHOR throughout the US and Puerto Rico, and Laser Surgery Care had more patients enrolled than any other site.

Dr. Terlizzi received numerous awards for research, academic excellence, and teaching, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He publishes in the fields of surgery, anorectal diseases, and skin disorders, and teaches courses to other physicians in the United States and abroad. Dr. Terlizzi serves on committees for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and the International Anal Neoplasia Society (IANS), where is on the Board of Directors. He is a peer-reviewer for colorectal and infectious disease journals. He is a frequent speaker at national and internal conferences, often on the topic of anal cancer prevention. Physicians from across the world come to Laser Surgery Care to learn high resolution anoscopy (HRA).

Although he enjoys clinical research and education, what he loves the most about his career is helping to take care of patients. He enjoys interacting with patients from New York City as well as those who come from around the country and even abroad. He hopes to exceed every patient’s expectation and deliver the highest level of care in the most comfortable and painless way possible. In his free time, Dr. Terlizzi will often be listening to Latin pop music, learning German on Duolingo, or making pasta.

Jonathan Baker


Jonathan Baker (he/him/his) is a practicing PA since 2009 and joined Laser Surgery Care in New York City in 2014. He specializes in managing anal pathology with a focus on human papillomavirus, sexual health, and biomedical HIV prevention. He is certified in high resolution anoscopy by the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) and AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG).
Jonathan regularly publishes in peer reviewed journals was awarded the AAPA Paragon Award in Clinical Publishing in 2015. He is a regular CME presenter at national, state, and local medical conferences on topics including anorectal pathology, infectious diseases, and sexual health. He is a peer reviewer for JAAPA, AAPA conference CME, and GLMA conference CME. He regularly lectures for PA Programs throughout the US.

Jonathan serves as a leader in the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA), GLMA: Health Care Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality, and is a Past President of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, & Transgender PA Caucus (LBGT PA). He founded the LBGT PA Caucus Speakers Bureau which promotes education on sexual and gender minorities throughout the US. He has advocated for culturally sensitive policy as a Delegate in the AAPA HOD since 2015, including 2 years as Chief Delegate. He is an active member of the International Anal Neoplasia Society.

Previously at the University of Pittsburgh he worked in the Anal Dysplasia Clinic and Research Program, the HIV Prevention/Rectal Microbicide Development Program, and the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)/Pitt Men’s Study. He also served as Adjunct Faculty at Chatham University’s Physician Assistant Program.


B.H.Sc., Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, 2008

  1. Physician Asst., Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, 2009


2015 American Academy of PAs Paragon Award in Clinical Publishing

Shantice Branch, PA-C


Shantice Branch is a dedicated Physician Assistant (PA) specializing in colorectal surgery, with a passion for providing comprehensive care to all of her patients. She was trained in proctology and anal cancer screening by the leaders in the field.

Shantice received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from CUNY School of Medicine and then joined Laser Surgery Care in 2020. In her role as a colorectal PA, she specializes in managing anal pathology, with a focus on human papillomavirus, sexual health, and biomedical HIV prevention. Compassionate and empathetic, Shantice takes the time to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options, empowering them to make informed decisions. She is dedicated to fostering a supportive and compassionate environment where patients feel heard, respected, and valued. Shantice is committed to staying up to date on the latest advancements in colorectal health through continued education and professional development.

In her spare time, Shantice channels her creativity and passion for flavors into the kitchen, where she enjoys experimenting with new recipes and creating culinary delights. She has a love of cuisines from around the world. She finds joy in the art of cooking and sharing delicious meals with friends and family. 


Highly recommend Dr. Terlizzi. Very friendly, professional, and informative. He went above and beyond to be helpful.

Jonathan is a very caring and well informed PA. He is a good listener and explains conditions and treatment very well. He is non-judgmental and makes his patients feel at ease.

This was my first time visiting Dr. Joseph Terlizzi. He is an attentive, detailed, and compassionate provider that sets your mind at ease even during challeging procedures of unknown etiology and prognosis. He explains the procedure every step of the way and informs about the risk and benefits of treatment options as well as recovery time in an easy to understand format. 
Shantice was exceptional. She was knowledgeable, helpful and kind while dealing with an embarrassing health condition. The office staff was knowledgeable and efficient. I definitely recommend her!
10/10 recommend – My visit with Jonathan was excellent. He’s so friendly and really cared about my health. I’d absolutely recommend Jonathan to everyone that has anal intercourse.
Dr. Terlizzi and his entire staff where amazing! Super efficient, pleasant space, wonderful bedside manner.
Great and friendly staff. Easy location on the west side to get to. Patient, caring, and compassionate providers. Will be using this office again referring any friends.


How do I get an appointment?

To become a client at Laser Surgery Care, we will first ask you for your insurance information in order to determine your coverage and eligibility. From there, you will be provided with a secure link to provide us with your basic registration details. Filling this out ahead of time negates the need for any fussy paperwork that you’re used to filling out in-office, and allows for the physician to see and treat you without the customary long wait times generally associated with going to the doctor’s office. Get started by registering for an appointment today.

Do I need to prepare for my consultation in any way?

No preparation is necessary for your office visits. Some patients utilizing our proctological services may prefer to cleanse or utilize an enema prior to their consultation, but we ask you not to do so as it may irritate the examination site or interfere with obtaining an adequate cytology sample should one be necessary.

Have you had any prior testing done?

If you have had any recent testing done pertaining to your visit with our practice, please provide us with copies of the reports prior to your consultation with us.

Will the doctor operate on my initial visit?

It depends. If the procedure can be done without sedation, and it is safe to do it at the initial visit, it may be possible. Sometimes additional testing is recommended before going to surgery. If you require sedation for your operation, it will have to be scheduled for a later date.

For any other inquiries, please fill out the form below or contact us at:

Phone: +1 212-242-6500    |    Email:  frontdesk@lasersurgerycare.com

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Mon: 9:00AM-6:00PM

Tue: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Wed: 9:00AM-6:00PM

Thur: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Fri: 8:00AM-1:00PM


Address: 420 W 23rd St # Pb1f

New York, NY 10011