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Board Certifications


Medical School
  • Duke University (1995)
Residency Training
  • General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship Training
  • Laparoscopic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Affiliated Specialty Centers

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • Advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery
  • Surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; acid reflux; heartburn)
  • LINX band for GERD (video)
  • Achalasia
  • Laparoscopic management of colon, stomach, pancreatic, and adrenal disease
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Management of diaphragmatic hernia
  • Endoscopic and novel therapies for GI disease
  • Single-site laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgical weight loss
  • Gastric bypass
  • Lap band
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
Aurora D. Pryor, MD

Contact Information

Division of General Surgery
Department of Surgery, Health Sciences Center T18-040
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-2274 (bariatric surgery)
Tel: 631-444-4545 (general surgery)
Fax: 631-444-6176

Practice Locations

Surgical Care Center
37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY 11733-3465
Tel: 631-444-4545
Fax: 631-444-6176

Smithtown Office
222 Middle Country Road, Suite 209
Smithtown, NY 11787
Tel: 631-444-4545
Fax: 631-638-2830

  • Personal Statement
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My personal philosophy is to tailor care decisions to each patient as an individual. I use the latest technology and treatments to minimize the recovery time from treatment and to maximize the benefits. With my team we help you find the best way to establish and maintain a healthy, active life. We work together to select options for surgery, medical management, exercise, and nutrition.

  • Selected for inclusion in the Castle Connolly Guide, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area
  • Selected for inclusion in the Castle Connolly Guide, America's Top Doctors
  • Selected for inclusion in Newsday's "Top Doctors on Long Island"
  • Selected for inclusion in Guide to America's Top Surgeons (Consumers' Research Council of America)
  • Blue Cross-Blue Shield Bariatric Centers of Distinction Advisory Board (2011-2013)
  • Appointment as American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner (2008)
  • Weck Closure Systems Award for Excellence in Basic Science, First Place (1999)
  • National Research Service Award (1997-1999)
  • Association for Academic Surgery Medical Student Research Award (1995)
  • Brethauer SA, Pryor AD, Chand B, Schauer P, Rosenthal R, Richards W, Bessler M; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Emerging Technologies Committee. Endoluminal procedures for bariatric patients: expectations among bariatric surgeons. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2009;5:231-6.
  • Ceppa EP, Park CW, Portenier DD, Pryor AD. Single-incision laparoscopic right colectomy: an efficient technique. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2012;22:88-94.
  • Corey KE, Maynard C, Pahlm O, Wilkins ML, Anderson ST, Cerqueira MD, Pryor AD, Raitt MH, Startt Selvester RH, Turner J, Weaver WD, Wagner GS. Combined historical and electrocardiographic timing of acute anterior and inferior myocardial infarcts for prediction of reperfusion achievable size limitation. Am J Cardiol 1999;83:826-31.
  • Dakin GF, Eid G, Mikami D, Pryor A, Chand B; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Emerging Technology and Procedures Committee. Endoluminal revision of gastric bypass for weight regain — a systematic review. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2013;9:335-42.
  • de la Fuente SG, Demaria EJ, Reynolds JD, Portenier DD, Pryor AD. New developments in surgery: Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). Arch Surg 2007;142:295-7.
  • Diesen DL, Erhunmwunsee L, Bennett K, Ben-David K, Yurcisin B, Ceppa EP, Omotosho PA, Perez A, Pryor AD. Effectiveness of laparoscopic computer simulator versus usage of box trainer for endoscopic surgery training of novices. J Surg Educ 2011;68:282-9.
  • Evans JA, Branch MS, Pryor AD, Demaria EJ. Endoscopic closure of a gastrojejunal anastomotic leak (with video). Gastrointest Endosc 2007;66:1225-6.
  • Ginsberg GG, Chand B, Cote GA, Dallal RM, Edmundowicz SA, Nguyen NT, Pryor A, Thompson CC. A pathway to endoscopic bariatric therapies. ASGE/ASMBS Task Force on Endoscopic Bariatric Therapy. Gastrointest Endosc 2011;74:943-53.
  • Harnisch MC, Portenier DD, Pryor AD, Prince-Petersen R, Grant JP, DeMaria EJ. Preoperative weight gain does not predict failure of weight loss or co-morbidity resolution of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2008;4:445-50.
  • Hymowitz G, Salwen J, Vivian D, Adamowicz J, Pryor A, Tuppo C, Cottell K, Kar HL. The Stony Brook University interdisciplinary approach to the management of morbid obesity. Behav Ther 2014;37:34-41.
  • Johnson WH, Fecher AM, McMahon RL, Grant JP, Pryor AD. VersaStep trocar hernia rate in unclosed fascial defects in bariatric patients. Surg Endosc 2006;20:1584-6.
  • Johnson WH, Fernanadez AZ, Farrell TM, Macdonald KG, Grant JP, McMahon RL, Pryor AD, Wolfe LG, DeMaria EJ. Surgical revision of loop ("mini") gastric bypass procedure: multicenter review of complications and conversions to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2007;3:37-41.
  • Kadera BE, Lum K, Grant J, Pryor AD, Portenier DD, DeMaria EJ. Remission of type 2 diabetes after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is associated with greater weight loss. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2009;5:305-9.
  • Lee SM, Pryor AD. Future directions in bariatric surgery. Surg Clin North Am 2011;91:1373-95.
  • Manson RJ, Pryor AD. Bipolar sealing increases mesenteric reach during bowel transection compared with stapled division: clinical evidence and laboratory support in a porcine model. Surg Endosc 2008;22:1894-8.
  • Myers CJ, Mutafyan G, Pryor AD, Reynolds J, DeMaria EJ. Mucosal and serosal changes after gastric stapling determined by a new "real-time" surface tissue oxygenation probe: a pilot study. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2010;6:50-3.
  • Park CW, Pryor AD. Laparoscopic repair of a large pericardial hernia. Surg Endosc 2013;27:2971-3.
  • Park CW, Pryor AD. Single site fundoplication and foregut procedures. Dig Liver Dis 2011;43:358-60.
  • Pryor AD. Bariatric reoperative surgery for gastrogastric fistulae, marginal ulcers and metabolic syndrome. Audio-Digest General Surgery 2012;59(20).
  • Pryor AD. How to choose a bariatric procedure after failed laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Audio-Digest General Surgery 2012;59(20).
  • Pryor AD. Laparoscopic gastrectomy. In :Fischer JE, Jones DB, Pomposelli FB, Upchurch GR, editors. Fischer's Mastery of Surgery. 6th ed. New York: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012.
  • Pryor AD. Laparoscopic truncal vagotomy with antrectomy and Billroth I reconstruction. In: Nussbaum M, editor. Master Techniques in Surgery: Gastric Surgery. New York: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012.
  • Pryor AD. Surgical evolution: collaboration is the key. Arch Surg 2005;140:237-40.
  • Pryor AD; SAGES Research and Career Development Committee. A monograph for academic career development. Surg Endosc 2010;24:1211-2.
  • Pryor AD, Tushar JR, DiBernardo LR. Single-port cholecystectomy with the TransEnterix SPIDER: simple and safe. Surg Endosc 2010;24:917-23.
  • Qureshi A, Vergis A, Jimenez C, Green J, Pryor A, Schlachta CM, Okrainec A. MIS training in Canada: a national survey of general surgery residents. Surg Endosc 2011;25:3057-65.
  • Rawlings A, Soper NJ, Oelschlager B, Swanstrom L, Matthews BD, Pellegrini C, Pierce RA, Pryor A, Martin V, Frisella MM, Cassera M, Brunt LM. Laparoscopic Dor versus Toupet fundoplication following Heller myotomy for achalasia: results of a multicenter, prospective, randomized-controlled trial. Surg Endosc 2012;26:18-26.
  • Roller JE, de la Fuente SG, DeMaria EJ, Pryor AD. Laparoscopic Heller myotomy using hook electrocautery: a safe, simple, and inexpensive alternative. Surg Endosc 2009;23:602-5.
  • Ross S, Rosemurgy A, Albrink M, Choung E, Dapri G, Gallagher S, Hernandez J, Horgan S, Kelley W, Kia M, Marks J, Martinez J, Mintz Y, Oleynikov D, Pryor A, Rattner D, Rivas H, Roberts K, Rubach E, Schwaitzberg S, Swanstrom L, Sweeney J, Wilson E, Zemon H, Zundel N. Consensus statement of the consortium for LESS cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc 2012;26:2711-6.
  • Urbach DR, Horvath KD, Baxter NN, Jobe BA, Madan AK, Pryor AD, Khaitan L, Torquati A, Brower ST, Trus TL, Schwaitzberg S. A research agenda for gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. Surg Endosc 2007;21:1518-25.
  • Villamizar N, Pryor AD. Safety, effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of metabolic surgery in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Obes 2011;790683.
  • Villamizar N, Pryor AD. SPIDER and Flexible Laparoscopy: The Next Frontier in Abdominal Surgery. Surg Technol Int 2010;20:53-8.
  • Wilkins ML, Anderson ST, Pryor AD, Weaver WD, Wagner GS. Variability of acute ST-segment predicted myocardial infarct size in the absence of thrombolytic therapy. Am J Cardiol 1994;74:174-7.
  • Wilkins ML, Maynard C, Annex BH, Clemmensen P, Elias WJ, Gibson RS, Lee KL, Pryor AD, Selker H, Turner J, Weaver WD, Anderson ST, Wagner GS. Admission prediction of expected final myocardial infarct size using weighted ST-segment, Q wave, and T wave measurements. J Electrocardiol 1997;30:1-7.
  • Wilkins ML, Pryor AD, Maynard C, Wagner NB, Elias WJ, Litwin PE, Pahlm O, Selvester RH, Weaver WD, Wagner GS, et al. An electrocardiographic acuteness score for quantifying the timing of a myocardial infarction to guide decisions regarding reperfusion therapy. Am J Cardiol 1995;75:617-20.
  • Yoo, JS, Pryor AD. Abdominal access techniques used in laparoscopic surgery. UpToDate. 2011-2012.
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery
  • Board Member and Committee Chair, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Chair, Emerging Technology and Procedures Committee, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Consultant, American Board of Surgery
  • Member, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Member, Association for Academic Surgery
  • Member, Association for Program Directors in Surgery
  • Member, Association of Women Surgeons
  • Member, Fellowship Council
  • Member, International Society of Surgery
  • Member, North Carolina Medical Society
  • Member, Sabiston Surgical Society
  • Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Member, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Member, Society of University Surgeons