Residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore-LIJ Health System

About us

The plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program at North Shore-LIJ Health System is a six-year integrated training program. Each year, two residents are selected for this exclusive program that affords residents exposure to the full spectrum of aesthetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Residents rotate through the tertiary hospitals in the health system.  These include Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH). The diversity in the training sites provides broad exposure to faculty, patients, and clinical scenarios. 

The residents are integrated into plastic surgery from the first year with rotations on the Plastic Surgery Service.  Elective time is spent during the first three years in core rotations such as anesthesia, dermatology, general surgery, oral surgery, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery and vascular surgery. The last  three years include  plastic surgery specialty training. Trainees work closely with our internationally renowned surgeons in specialties such as pediatric craniofacial surgery, head and neck cancer reconstruction, facial and body aesthetic surgery, breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, and hand surgery. 

All residents participate in some form of clinical or basic science research. Peer-review publication and national presentations are supported and encouraged. Residents are also welcomed to participate in research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system. 

Application Process

Interested applicants for the plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which allows applications starting Sept. 1.

No applications are accepted after Dec. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Completed common application
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, no older than six months
  • ECFMG status report, if applicable

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Our faculty

Program director

Armen Kevork Kasabian, MD

Additional faculty

Lyle Seth Leipziger, MD

  • Chief of Division of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Neil Tanna, MD, MBA

Nicholas Bastidas, MD

Sophia H. Kwo, MD

Victor Andres Moon, MD