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Faculty of the General Surgery Division
Our general surgeons: (left to right) Drs. Aurora D. Pryor, Dana A. Telem, and Gerald J. Gracia (not in photo are Drs. Caitlin A. Halbert, Purvi Y. Parikh, and Mark A. Talamini).

Our general surgeons treat a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal problems requiring surgical intervention for treating gastrointestinal disease. In addition to performing conventional operations, they have special expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

Laparoscopic surgery offers patients less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery/return to normal activities.

Among the laparoscopic operations performed by our surgeons are anti-reflux surgery for chronic severe heartburn, myotomy for achalasia (treatment of severe swallowing difficulty), groin hernia repair, common bile duct exploration, colon surgery, appendectomy, gallbladder and spleen removal, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

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, or GERD (LINX video). 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.

Our general surgery service also functions as a tertiary care referral center for hepatobiliary disease, pancreatic disease, and other complex cases including inflammatory bowel disease, major gastrointestinal bleeding, and cases requiring operation or re-operation upon the biliary tree.

Reflecting University Hospital's commitment to providing state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery, our Surgical Skills Center reinforces the clinical excellence of our general surgery service.