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Gainosuke Sugiyama, M.D., FACS, Assistant Professor - Division of General Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Gainosuke Sugiyama, M.D., FACS

Associate professor, Clinical Surgery

Chief, Division of General Surgery

Division of General Surgery

Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Tel: (718) 270-6718 | Fax: (718) 270-2826

e-mail: gainosuke.sugiyama@downstate.edu



Robotic, General and Laparoscopic Surgery


Dr. Sugiyama graduated from City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors and then received his medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate College of Medicine in 2005. He completed General Surgery Residency at the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center and its Affiliated Hospital in 2010.

Dr. Sugiyama is a board certified general surgeon, and Associate Professor of General Surgery, with a specialization in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Conditions he treats include hernias, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, gallstones, appendicitis, breast and skin tumors.

He is actively involved with resident and medical student education and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including most recently the 2016 Chief Residents Faculty Teaching Award, 2012 Faculty Honoree (Excellence in Graduate Medical Education), The Warren Wetzel Award For Excellence in Teaching (2011), and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013) among others.

Currently he serves as the Fourth Year General Surgery Clerkship director in addition to mentoring dozens of medical students and surgical residents in research.

Dr. Sugiyama is Board Certified in General Surgery. He is a member of the following societies:

  • Brooklyn Surgical Society
  • New York Surgical Society
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter, American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Association for Academic Surgery, Institutional Representative
  • WISE On Call, Advisory Board
  • American Hernia Society

Dr. Sugiyama's clinical interests are in complex abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, hernia repair, robotic and minimally invasive surgery. His research interests are in

  • Outcomes in Surgery in High Risk patients
  • Surgical Education
  • Surgical Disparities
  • Robotic Surgery

Click here to see a list of Dr. Sigyama's publications

Patient Appointments

To make an appointment, please call (718) 270-6718


About Robotic Surgery

With the assistance of the state-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, Dr. Sugiyama can perform minimally-invasive surgery, with faster recovery, less pain and risk of infection. DaVinci Surgical System is a platform that provides surgeons with superior vision of patients' anatomy, higher degree of precision and range of motion. Dr. Sugiyama is trained and certified in use of Intuitive Da Vinci Surgical System (Single Site Console).

Some of the benefits of daVinci Robotic Surgery:

» Smaller incisions (minimal surgical trauma)
» Less postoperative pain
» Quicker return of bowel function
» Reduced blood loss
» Reduced risk of infection / complications
» Quicker recovery
» Shorter hospital stay