Department of Surgery Research Opportunities


Research is an important component of the activities of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center.  The faculty at both the Medical Center and nearby New York Medical College works cooperatively on clinical and laboratory research.  This relationship supports the Medical Center’s mission to bring advanced medical knowledge to bear on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury.

Dr. DelGuercio

Residents are encouraged to participate in New York Medical College research projects and many opt for elective 12-month rotations in research programs, usually after the third year.  State-of-the-art facilities are available for the trainee’s use in research.  These include the latest laboratory equipment and technology, an animal facility with an operating room and advanced computer systems.   The additional surgical research year may also be spent in other university research laboratories.

The surgical faculty has a strong record of publications in major scientific journals.  Residents present research results at national surgical meetings and are expected to assume authorship or co-authorship of a publication of original work during the five-year program.  To see a list of recent publications and presentations, please click on the following link: Dept of Surgery List of Publications.

Dr. Louis R.M. Del Guercio Lectureship and Research Day.  This annual symposium is designed for Surgeons, Interventional Radiologists, Anesthesiologists, Intensivists, Researchers and other Allied Health Care professionals involved in the surgical arena. Through presentations and lectures, it is anticipated that upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to gain knowledge about new developments in surgical research and surgical critical care. 

Started in 2002, the symposium is a yearly event held in May on the campus of New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y. in the Medical Education Building auditorium.  Residents, fellows and medical students from New York Medical College present research in the form of both poster and podium presentations.  Every resident in the WMC General Surgery Residency program is strongly encouraged to present at least one poster or podium presentation during their training.