Similar to many successful organizations, the Department of Surgery is significantly more than the sum of its parts. It is comprised of the relationships and interactions amongst the faculty, residents, students, staff, patients, and colleagues which define the culture of the Department. I am proud and confident to inform you that ours is a culture of excellence, compassion, diversity, inquiry, collegiality and vision. Our culture is perpetuated by our continual focus on integrating and balancing our educational, research, and patient care missions. This focus is promoted by a vast network of functional ties that have been cultivated over many years between our department, the medical school, and our affiliated teaching hospitals, each of which provide the very best in services and facilities.
The philosophy of surgery at New York Medical College is to provide an environment attractive to the best academic surgeons, where their teaching and patient care are co-mingled with the phenomenal technological resources that have revolutionized modern surgery and reduced morbidity and mortality. The use of minimally invasive techniques and interventional access of the vascular system has radically changed our approach to the performance of many procedures, specifically, robotic surgery, endovascular surgery, transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacement, advanced laparoscopy, and videoscopic thoracic surgery to name a few.
The Westchester Medical Center, which consistently has had the highest patient severity of illness index in the USA, provides the three and one half million residents in the Hudson Valley the only American College of Surgeons Level 1 Verified Trauma Center. The Department of Surgery is composed of the following divisions: (1) General Surgery, (2) Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (3) Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery (4) Burn Surgery (5) Cardiothoracic and Cardiac Transplantation Surgery (6) Thoracic Surgery (7) Vascular & Endovascular Surgery (8) Intra-abdominal Transplantation (adult and pediatric liver and kidney) (9) Plastic and Reconstructive (10) Pediatric Surgery (11) Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery (12) Colorectal Surgery (13) Surgical Oncology and (14) Integrated Wound Care. The General Surgery residents are exposed to a wide variety of procedures: esophagus, gastrointestinal, hepato- biliary pancreatic, colorectal, endocrine, oncologic, pulmonary, bariatric, and minimally invasive and image guided surgeries. Surgical residents are granted graded autonomy in diagnosis and clinical decision making, pre and post-operative care, and supervision in the operating room, in addition to development of their critical thinking and deductive reasoning abilities. The trainees are provided a vigorous clinical and basic science educational and research program along with development of their technical skills in the simulation center. The infra-structure of the Department of Surgery is strong and the financial base is stable with educational programs that are thriving, research programs that are expanding, and faculty development meeting with progressively increasing success.
I thank you for considering our program and hope we have succeeded in conveying the excitement and optimism that we in the Department share on a daily basis.
Rifat Latifi, M.D., FACS, FICS
The Felicien Steichen Professor and Chairman of Surgery
New York Medical College School of Medicine
Director of Surgery
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Department of Surgery - 1S-B64
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd.
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: (914) 594-2050
Fax: (914) 594-2051