Department of Surgery

To better human lives

Welcome to the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. In these pages you will learn about our residency program, the clinical services offered by the Department, and our community of faculty, residents, and administrative staff.

Featured Departmental News 

Grand Rounds Speaker Patricia L. Turner MD MBA FACS iNSPIRe Represented at the Academic Surgical Congress with Sixteen Abstracts iNSPIRe to Represent Department of Surgery at Association for Veterans Affairs Surgeons Meeting More News & Events 

Department of Surgery Divisions 

Our team of board-certified surgeons is dedicated to providing individualized, expert, and compassionate surgical care to Brooklyn, one patient at a time. 


What we treat

diverse group of surgery residents and faculty

We Thrive on Diversity

The Department of Surgery at Downstate Health Sciences University is committed to building a community that explicitly recognizes the value of human diversity.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


General Surgery Residency

Surgical residents undergo specialized training that prepares them to excel in academic and private sectors. The residency program is committed to enhancing the lives of our diverse global communities and fostering an environment that promotes excellence, cultural diversity, and patient-centered healthcare delivery.

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Resident-Led Committees

Two residents from every PGY level are elected democratically to represent and advocate for their class. Every month, these representatives meet with the department and residency leadership to share their interests, concerns, and feedback regarding their residency experience. The leadership then provides updates and supports initiatives to achieve the residency program's goals. 

The department's research fellows and residents collaborate closely with department leadership to promote the department's spirit. The committee convenes every month to ensure that the website, newsletter, and social media platforms are regularly updated. Additionally, the media committee members participate in the recruitment of new residents, collaborate with other committees, coordinate events,  and ensure that individual and program-wide accomplishments are highlighted.

Residents in the wellness committee gather regularly to plan activities, both department-funded and resident-only, in order to promote well-being and camaraderie. Examples of wellness activities include dinners, bowling, ice skating, and park picnics. 

Residents work alongside faculty to facilitate skills training for laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Examples of simulation activities are intern suture training and trauma simulation.



The Department of Surgery's iNSPIRe program provides exceptional research opportunities for clinical and health services research to residents, research fellows, and students.  With expertise in clinical trials and big data analysis, it fosters collaboration interdepartmentally and extramurally.


iNSPIRe initiative

Connect with us on Social Media

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Department at a glance


300+ surgeons trained

One of the biggest surgical training programs in the nation

2.5 million+ Brooklyn residents

Serving the surgical needs of a highly diverse patient population

$22 million+ in research funding

Actively participating in research that will shape health policy and medical practice