Residency in General Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital

Hofstra School of Medical students in lecture

About us

The general surgery residency program is a five-year program accredited by the ACGME, and consists of three categorical residents per year for a total of fifteen categorical residents. In addition, there are six preliminary residents who go on to complete a variety of programs such as urology, radiology, and anesthesiology. A vascular integrated residency, with one resident per year fills out the housestaff complement.

Twenty surgeons comprise the core faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital. Their areas of expertise encompass various areas of specialization, including vascular and endovascular surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, bariatric surgery, surgical critical care, breast surgery, and reconstructive surgery. In addition, about thirty voluntary surgeons operate at Lenox Hill on a regular basis, providing further volume to the resident's surgical experience.

Several training components fulfill the resident's experience. There are four inpatient services comprised of general and vascular surgery, and the operative cases cover a wide variety of specialties, including advanced laparoscopic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, vascular surgery (including endovascular approaches), pediatric surgery, breast oncology, thoracic surgery, and bariatric surgery.

Residents participate in the outpatient hospital surgical practice, and junior residents make up the front lines in the intensive care unit, which is run by dedicated intensive care attending staff. Mid-level residents round out their training in trauma at Maryland Shock Trauma, and are exposed to transplant surgery at New York University's Tisch Hospital. Supplemental pediatric surgery experience is provided through a rotation at Cohen Childrens Hospital. Awards are given annually to residents based upon the ABSITE examination, and the teaching evaluations of medical students who rotate through the services. In addition, chief residents may be nominated for one of several hospital-wide awards.

Application process

Applicants interested in the general surgery training program at Lenox Hill Hospital should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, no older than six (6) months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Helpful links

American College of Surgeons

American Board of Surgery

Schedules

All residents serve on the four inpatient services, covering general and vascular surgery. Third and fourth year residents spend one month at Maryland Shock Trauma, third years spend one month at NYU for transplant surgery, and second year resident spend one month at Cohen for pediatric surgery. Second year residents rotate through the ICU, and interns usually have some time on other services, such as the SICU, Urology, and Orthopaedic surgery.

Rotation goals:

Common goals and objectives

Pediatric surgery

Advanced laparoscopic surgery

Surgical intensive care

Ambulatory surgery

Surgical endoscopy

Bariatric surgery

Thoracic surgery

Breast surgery

Transplantation surgery

Colorectal surgery

Trauma surgery

Endocrine surgery

Urology

General surgery

Vascular surgery

Call schedule

In order to comply with national work hour requirements, the Lenox Hill Hospital Surgery residents are on a Night Float system at the PGY-1 and-2 levels. Three interns cover the hospital at night, and a PGY-2 is in charge of the ICU and consults. A chief resident (PGY-4 or 5) takes call in-house, and is off duty the following day. PGY-2 and 3 residents cover consults and the ICU on weekends.

Conferences

There are several academic conferences for which attendance by residents is mandatory. These include weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference, General Surgery conference, and Vascular Surgery conference. Additionally, quarterly grand rounds expose residents to speakers from outside institutions. Several Core Curriculum topics are covered in separate didactic lecture series. In the SICU, teaching conferences centered around critical care topics occur on a weekly basis.

A laboratory to develop and hone laparoscopic skills has been set up, and a curriculum following the Fundamentals in Laparoscopic Surgery course, endorsed by the American Board of Surgery, is available. This includes didactic group sessions, hands-on group demonstrations, and one-on-one skills labs. Residents have access to the laboratory at all times of the day.

Journal Club

A journal club is held monthly. The topic alternates between vascular and general surgery, the latter derived from the Evidence-Based Reviews in Surgery program in the American College of Surgeons. The content of the articles, as well as the approach toward those articles are discussed in detail by residents and faculty.

Resident life

In addition to the residents' work rooms in the Hospital, several other spaces are available for their use. The Surgery Residency Office includes a conference room, work stations, as well as the Laparoscopic Skills Lab.

A competitive salary is offered to residents, which scales up according to Post-Graduate Year. Malpractice insurance for residents is covered by the Hospital. Additionally, healthcare and dental benefits, disability and life insurance, transportation funds, and retirement accounts are available to all residents. Meal coupons are distributed to residents to be used in the Hospital cafeteria.

Residents are eligible for hospital-sponsored housing on a first-come, first-served basis, and if there is no housing available, a stipend is awarded to the resident. The Upper East Side of Manhattan provides nearly unlimited access to New York City culture and night life, including a wide variety of restaurants and bars.

After residency

Lenox Hill surgery residents have traditionally continued their surgical education in a variety of prestigious fellowship training programs. Examples from recent years include fellowships in plastic surgery, surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, and colorectal surgery.

Cardiac Surgery – Baylor (Texas Heart)

Colon and Rectal Surgery – Washington Medical Center

Hand Surgery – University of New Mexico

Hepatobiliary Surgery – University of Southern California

MIS – Baystate Medical Center (Tufts University)

MIS – Beth Israel Deaconess (Harvard University)

Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic Florida

Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic Ohio

Plastic Surgery – New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia)

Surgical Oncology – City of Hope Cancer Center

Surgical Oncology – John Wayne Cancer Center

Surgical Oncology - University of Michigan

Trauma Critical Care - Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY

Vascular Surgery – University of Maryland

Vascular Surgery – University of Virginia

Our faculty

Program director

Parswa Ansari, MD

Associate program director

Robert Anthony Andrews, MD

Chairman

Gary Giangola, MD

  • Chairman of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Chief of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Chief of Surgery - Division of Vascular Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Additional faculty

Stephanie Falcone Bernik, MD

  • Chief - Chief of Surgical Oncology of Surgery - General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
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Rebecca Brewer Kowalski, MD

Sasan Roayaie, MD

Julio Amilcar Teixeira, MD