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Our General Surgeons
Our general surgeons (l to r): Drs. Kartik N. Gohil, Aurora D. Pryor, Dana A. Telem, and Gerald J. Gracia (not in photo is Dr. Mark A. Talamini).

The Division of General Surgery comprises our clinical faculty of board-certified general surgeons and their support staff dedicated to our mission of excellence in patient care; the education of medical students and surgical residents in the art of general and laparoscopic surgery; the performance of basic and translational research aimed at advancing patient care; and community service, including free public seminars and lectures.

Our general surgeons treat a broad spectrum of abdominal and gastrointestinal problems requiring surgical intervention. Not only do they perform conventional "open" operations, they have expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of different forms of gastrointestinal disease, including laparoscopic surgery to treat obesity.

In addition, our general surgeons use the latest technology to treat surgical diseases, such as the LINX Reflux Management System, a new device implanted in a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They are the first on Long Island to use the NeuRx Diaphgram Pacing System, also implanted in a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, to aid breathing and extend life for ALS patients.

The Division’s faculty has been selected for inclusion in the Consumers' Research Council of America Guide to America's Top Surgeons.

Our Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center is the only one of its kind in Suffolk County, offering a multidisciplinary evaluation within the center and comprehensive treatment service to individuals seeking weight loss with or without surgery. The center provides an individualized approach to weight loss and the management of metabolic disease. We offer a full range of surgical options for patients, including minimally invasive surgery requiring only a single small incision and endoscopic treatment options.

The Division’s faculty plays an important role in the education of our medical students and general surgery residents. They are given unique opportunities for exposure to leading-edge surgery, both conventional and laparoscopic. In addition, the Division provides a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

With regard to research, the Division also provides patients with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that offer them the only local access to newly developed treatment options. Basic science research is done, as well, in the fields of clinical outcome, new technology, and metabolism, with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.

Together, the clinical and academic strengths of the Division of General Surgery form the foundation for our continued excellence expected in patient care, education, research, and community service.