Honoring the Past, Building the Future
Message from the Director of the Department of Surgery
Welcome to the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla Campus, the flagship hospital of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and the premier provider of advanced medical care in the Hudson Valley. The medical staff within the Department of Surgery perform some of the most complex surgical procedures that are available today anywhere in the world, using state-of-the-art technology, interdisciplinary collaborative approaches, and evidence-based practices.
The department has the following sections: General Surgery (Trauma, Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, General Emergency Surgery), Burn Surgery, Breast Surgery, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery and Cardiac Pediatric Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. Our designated Level I Trauma Center serves the entire Hudson Valley Region, and our general residency and critical care fellowship programs have trained some of the world’s leaders in surgery.
In January 2016, I joined this amazing department with a long and rich clinical and research history. Our goals are to build and grow clinical, academic and research portfolios, with advanced teaching and education of residents, medical students, fellows, and allied health staff, while at the same time, expand our outreach and community activities across the Hudson Valley and beyond. Our motto is to honor the past, but at the same time build and shape the future of surgery.
The main pillars of the Department of Surgery mission are the following: 1.) Provide excellent clinical services to all patients at all times, irrespective of surgical problems 2.) Build an academic program and provide support for a collaborative research environment 3.) Advance educational programs, through world class Surgery Grand Rounds, Surgery and Critical Care Journal Club and other daily and weekly programs, where every surgery staff member, resident, fellow and medical student can reach their full potential.
The Department of Surgery Clinical Research Unit (DSCRU) will act as a catalyst to enhance the research activity of the department, as well as be responsible for research support for attending staff, residents, and fellows through a number of initiatives and programs including the International Research Fellowship.
Our surgery faculty at WMC Health (both full-time and volunteer) take great pride in training the next generation of residents and fellows, believing that the most critical part of a surgery resident’s training is the clinical exposure in the hospital setting. The WMC Health Network provides all the necessary access to cutting-edge technologies, clinical scenarios, and a complex case-mix index. Daily patient interactions help build clinical confidence in every surgical trainee. The Department of Surgery will continue to foster an atmosphere encouraging our surgical residents to become excellent and independent clinicians that have mastered the surgical art, allowing them to pursue sought-after clinical fellowships, an academic career or a fulfilling clinical practice.
The Department of Surgery has already established a number of collaborative initiatives with other departments and industry partners as well as major international institutions. These partnerships will involve exchange and educational opportunities using a number of programs: international visiting research fellowship programs, international visiting scholars and international visiting professorship programs. In addition, we are working diligently to partner with a number of international institutions to collaborate on research and other funding opportunities.
The involvement of industrial partners will be a major initiative for the department. This will focus on direct collaboration and potential research and development (R&D) with known vendors. Internally, the Department of Surgery will achieve full integration with the WMC Health Network organization within the first 2 Years. The Department of Surgery will actively continue to support other departments, including Radiology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, etc. An Outreach Program will be created, utilizing state-of-the-art web seminar technologies and web-based newsletters. In each of these projects, surgical residents will have ample opportunities to be involved.
In summary, thank you for visiting the Department of Surgery and WMC Health. I am delighted to have a chance to show you our department, and the opportunity to meet our clinical and research faculty, residents and fellows.
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Westchester Medical Center is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:
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The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.