Residency in General Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital

Residency in General Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital

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.

The core faculty of the Department of Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital is comprised of twenty surgeons. Their areas of expertise encompass various areas of specialization, including:

  • Acute care surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Vascular and endovascular surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Breast surgery
  • 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.

Program facts

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, as well as bariatric and metabolic 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 Children’s Medical Center.

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.

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Parswa Ansari, MD
Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Associate program director

Robert Anthony Andrews, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine


Gary Giangola, MD

Chairman of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
System Chief Vasc Surg Srvcs of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
Chief of Surgery - Division of Vascular Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine

Core faculty

Thomas Gouge, MD
Vice Chair of Education

Alfio Carroccio, MD
Program Director, Integrated Vascular Surgery Program

Rebecca Brewer Kowalski, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine

Mitchell Roslin, MD
Chief of Bariatric Surgery

Charles Carpati, MD
Director of Critical Care Education

Vicken Pamoukian, MD
Vascular Surgery

Jennifer Lehman, MD
Breast Oncology

Ryan Suplee, MD
Vascular Surgery

Additional faculty

Stephanie Falcone Bernik, MD
Chief - Chief of Surgical Oncology of Surgery - General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Sasan Roayaie, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine

Julio Amilcar Teixeira, MD
Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Richard Lazzaro, MD
Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Daniel Kuriloff, MD
Director of Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease Center

Edward Yatco, MD
Bariatric Surgery

Lauren Cassell, MD
Breast Oncology

Oren Lerman, MD
Plastic Surgery

Jason Penzer, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgery

Mukul Arya, MD
Director of Surgical Endoscopy Rotation

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 residents 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


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.


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.

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