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Alexander Schwartzman, Interim Chairman, Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Message From the Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Surgery at SUNY-Downstate!

I welcome you to our website, where you will learn about many exciting aspects of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate and our cutting-edge developments in patient care, surgical education, basic science as well as clinical and translational.

Our department has a large faculty whose interests span all areas of clinical care, teaching and research in the field of surgery. Our faculty provides excellent and innovative patient care; outstanding teaching and mentoring expertise; and unique educational opportunities in clinical, translational and basic science research. Our principles are based on competency and compassion in patient care, as well as honesty and integrity in all professional manners.

Our department has a large faculty whose interests span the full surgical spectrum of clinical care, teaching and research. Our faculty provides excellent and innovative patient care; outstanding teaching and mentoring expertise; and unique educational opportunities.

Our guiding principles are competency and compassion in patient care, as well as honesty, accountability and integrity in all professional endeavors.

SUNY Downstate?s surgical residency training program is one of the largest in the country, and provides training to eight (8) chief residents each year. The program includes integrated rotations at five hospitals:

As with Downstate?s College of Medicine, the Department of Surgery is proud of its heritage and its many accomplishments. All previous Chairmen built new, exciting clinical and research programs that continue to this day. The first Chairman of the SUNY Department, Dr. Clarence Dennis, made significant contributions to the development of the cardio-pulmonary bypass machine. Under his leadership, the first open heart surgery in New York was performed. The second Chairman, Dr. Samuel Kountz, was a pioneer in the field of organ transplantation. He established our transplant program which became one of the busiest in the country. The third Chairman, Dr. Bernard Jaffe, built a strong gastro-intestinal surgery program. The fourth Chairman, Dr. Richard Wait, established our division of Vascular Surgery. The fifth Chairman, Dr. Michael Zenilman, built a clinical and research program in pancreatic surgery. The sixth chairman, Dr. Antonio E. Alfonso, established an endocrine surgery program.

Over the last six decades, the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate has trained hundreds of academic surgeons many of whom hold leadership positions in surgery throughout the country. We continue to attract some of the brightest minds for our residency-training program and our graduating residents match into some of the best fellowship programs in the country. Our faculty is dedicated to providing our residents and medical students with the most comprehensive and diverse education, inspiring them to become the next generation of surgeon leaders.

I hope to, personally, welcome you to the Department of Surgery at Downstate.

 

Alexander Schwartzman, M.D., MBA, FACS
Interim Chairman, Department of Surgery
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Chief, General Surgery
Clnical Assistant Dean
SUNY Downstate Medical Center