Fellowship in Pediatric General Surgery at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

About us

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center offers a two-year completely clinical fellowship training program in pediatric surgery. The program offers a broad experience in all aspects of pediatric general surgery with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery, pediatric oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and neonatal surgery.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the only tertiary children’s hospital on Long Island. Trainees are surrounded by faculty and staff committed to comprehensive care of children, from infants to young adults. The program develops pediatric general surgeons who demonstrate sufficient competence to enter practice without direct supervision. Fellows learn to take responsibility for the pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of neonates and children with pediatric general surgery problems work with multiple subspecialty colleagues involved in the care of pediatric patients.

There is an extensive minimally invasive surgery experience, with all advanced laparoscopic and thorascopic procedures being performed by all of the full-time attendings.  Approximately 2200 ambulatory and inpatient cases are done by the pediatric general surgery service at Cohen Children’s every year. Fellows rotate through the neonatal intensive care unit at Cohen Children’s and the pediatric surgical oncology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Cohen Children’s is a major referral center for many pediatric surgical problems including chest wall abnormalities, solid tumors, colorectal problems and congenital diaphragmatic hernias. The hospital is one of three centers in the New York-metro area that perform ECMO.

The curriculum addresses the educational needs of the surgical fellows through a combination of daily rounds, didactic lectures, case conferences, grand rounds, and mortality and morbidity conferences.  In addition, a formal lecture series utilizing the American College of Surgery SCORE Program has been established. The lecture series, which spans two years, is designed to provide exposure to the basic and clinical science topics that have been identified by the ACGME and the Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors Association as important.  

Program Policies

The Team

The pediatric surgery team is made up of a Pediatric Surgical Chief Resident, Assistant Chief Resident, a third year surgical resident and 3 first year surgical residents from the NSLIJ General Surgery Residency Program.  Emergent patient evaluations begin in the emergency room or on the floor, and are performed by either the 3rd year surgical resident or the Pediatric Surgical Chief Resident, along with a 1st year resident.


The Pediatric Surgical Chief Residents take call from home and therefore do not require a call-room in the hospital.  The CCHMC cafeteria is open for breakfast and lunch, and there is food available for purchase 24 hours per day at Au Bon Pain in the lobby of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Training Locations

The sponsoring institution for the training program is the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ sponsors a large number of both adult and pediatric graduate medical education programs. The primary facility for our program is Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the only children’s hospital on Long Island. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a teaching hospital committed to comprehensive care of children, from infants to young adults. At the present, the hospital has 154 beds arranged in separate units on five floors, each with their own nursing and social work staffs, as well as playrooms.  Construction on a new inpatient tower to complement the present inpatient facility has been completed and new dedicated pediatric operating rooms should be completed by 2015.

Our Faculty

Samuel Z. Soffer, MD

Andrew Richard Hong, MD

Stephen Elliot Dolgin, MD

Richard David Glick, MD

Nelson Garrett Rosen, MD

Jose Manuel Prince, MD

Application Process

Applicants interested in the pediatric general surgery training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must be registered at the National Resident Matching Program Specialties Matching Service (NRMP) to be considered for the Match.

Essential documentation includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your general surgery program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ABSITE scores
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae, to be emailed to the program coordinator
  • Letter of recommendation from Medical School Dean
  • Medical school transcript

Applications are reviewed as they become complete. Applicants are invited to interview based on the quality of their application. We interview approximately 8 candidates each day, and each candidate meets with all available faculty members, as well as the current trainees and members of our nursing staff. We feel that this face to face visit is extremely important in the overall selection process. We attempt, as best as is possible, to coordinate our interview days with other training programs in the Northeast. Final selection of the trainee occurs through the NRMP's Specialties Matching Service.

For more information, contact:

Samuel Z. Soffer MD, FACS, FAAP
Director, Pediatric Surgery Training Program
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718) 470-3636
Fax: (718) 347-1233

George Rodríguez, B. Sc.
Pediatric Surgery Program Coordinator
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718) 470-3575
Fax: (718) 347-1233

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