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Dept of Surgical Services


Patricia O'Neill, MD, FACS
Trauma Medical Director
Acting Chairperson of Surgical Services

Ravi Kothuru, MD, FACS

Program Director

Marianne Mylan (Program Administrator)

The Department of Surgery offers an ACGME approved five year residency program in General surgery that fulfills the training requirement for certification by the American Board of Surgery.  In addition all residents are required to complete a salaried mandatory year of research between their PGY-2 and PGY-3 year.  The program is clinically focused and fosters the development of general surgical skills as well as extensive consultative skills.

The residency program is approved for 3 categorical positions per year.  All applications are accepted through ERAS and filled through the match.  We have a great mi x of young and newly graduated fellowship-trained and experienced faculty that is dedicated to residency training and clinical development.  Residents work under close supervision with a large variety of clinical material to permit progressive development of surgical maturity.

In addition to general surgery, the department includes active subspecialty services in Trauma and Critical care, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck, Hand and Plastic surgery. Brookdale is a state designated Level I Trauma center with more than 100,000 emergency visits of which more than 20,000 are trauma visits.  We have a high volume of penetrating trauma therefore our residents gain extensive experience in the management of major trauma including being in the 95th percentile for operative trauma.

Our General Surgery residents are exposed to all subspecialty services without any designated fellows.  We have a Surgical Skills Lab/Simulation Center with three laproscopic stations, endoscopy training and open surgical skills training.  The Simulation Center is capable of doing patient care scenarios, ACLS training, central line, chest tube and other bedside procedure workshops.  Brookdale also has a DaVinci robot Z model along with simulation capabilities.

The Brookdale surgery residency program is dedicated to provide graded professional responsibility creating proficient surgeons capable of administering exceptional care to the surgical patient.


Patricia O'Neill, MD, FACS

Acting Chairperson of Surgical Services

Medical Director Trauma

Dr. Patricia O誰eill, R.N., M.D., F.A.C.S. is  the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Trauma Program at the Brookdale  Hospital and Medical Center .  Dr. O誰eill obtained her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a Medical Degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986.  After graduating medical school, Dr. O誰eill remained at SUNY-Downstate/Kings County Hospital for her surgical residency and subsequently completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.  Dr. O誰eill is currently the State Chair for the Greater New York Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgery and has also been appointed as the Vice Chair of the State Trauma Advisory Committee of New York State which serves as an advisory committee on trauma related issues to the New York State Commissioner of Health.  Dr. O誰eill has served as principal and co-investigator for several clinical research trials investigating peri-operative infection in surgery and trauma, prevention of sepsis and organ failure, and hemostasis in massive hemorrhage.  She has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has been invited to speak on these topics  at both local and national symposia.

Ravi Kothuru, MD, FACS

Program Director

Dr. Kothuru completed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and his Cardiothoracic Fellowship at SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Medical Center.  His main interests are in minimally invasive thoracic and foregut surgery.

Under his direction as Program Director, extensive changes were made in the Surgical Residency training program at Brookdale Univ. Hospital over the past two years.
Dr. Kothuru is also the co-founder and President of a charity surgical organization.  He has been the team leader in many International Surgical Missions all over the world.
Dr. Kothuru has academic appointments at Ross University and New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.  He is a member of the Independent Program Committee and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons.  He is also a contributor to the national TWIS question bank program.

He is Board certified in General surgery and Thoracic Surgery.

Frederick Amog, MD
General Surgery/Trauma

Dr. Amog completed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Amog is actively involved with our advanced bariatric center and he also provides trauma coverage.  He is an active participant in our skills lab curriculum as well as an avid marathon runner.

Hadley Cadot, MD
General Surgery/Trauma

Dr. Cadot completed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.   He is the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Brookdale, as well as an Attending in General Surgery and Trauma.  He holds an academic appointment at Ross University.  Dr. Cadot is our most recent fellow admitted to the American College of Surgery.

M. Rashid Chaudhry, MD

Director, Division of ENT

Dr. Chaudhry completed his Otolaryngology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  He is the Director of the Division of Otolaryngology at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.  He has published multiple papers and remains involved in several research projects

Lucio Flores, MD
Director of Vascular Surgery

Associate Chairman

Dr. Flores completed his residency at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn.  Dr. Flores is the Director of Vascular Surgery and the Associate Chairman of Surgery.   He actively participates in clinical local, regional and national activities and presentations, and he is active in the Spanish American Society.  He has mentored numerous Brookdale graduates toward their successful vascular surgery fellowships and careers.

Charles LaPunzina, MD
Thoracic Surgery

Dr. La Punzina completed his residency at New York Medical College and his Cardiothoracic fellowship at SUNY Downstate - Maimonides Medical Center.   In addition to Brookdale Hospital, he is a Thoracic Attending at Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.  He holds an academic appointment at SUNY Downstate.   Dr. La Punzina is instrumental in developing our Mock Oral program and is actively developing new scenarios.

Hrishkesh Nerkar, MD
General Surgery

Dr. Nerkar earned his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degree at Seth G. S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. He then completed residency in general surgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He also completed his training in US at Maimonides Medical Center, NY and fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center, PA.

His clinical and research interests include Foregut and Bariatric surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Solid Organ Surgery (adrenals, spleen and pancreas) and Gastrointestinal Laparoscopic procedures. He also has expertise in Single Incision Laparoscopic Procedures (SILS).

Dr. Nerkar has developed an individualized skill lab curriculum for Surgery residents at Brookdale. He is also surgery clerkship director for New York Medical College students and holds academic appointment at New York Medical College.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and certified by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Bariatric Surgery.  He is a member of American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal an Endoscopic Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Magdalena Plasilova, MD, PhD
Director of Breast Surgery

Dr. Plasilova completed her PhD in Prague, Czech Republic and her residency at Danbury Hospital Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center.  Her fellowship in Breast Surgery was completed at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT.  She is the Director of Breast Surgery at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

Daniel Ramirez, MD
Vascular Surgery

Daniel E Ramirez MD completed medical school at Iberoamerican University (Unibe) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He completed his general surgery residency at Brookdale University Medical Center, and his Vascular Surgery fellowship at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, LA.  He subsequently had private practice experience in a busy vascular surgery practice in Jackson, Mississippi where he was involved in the CREST trial performing high volume carotid endarterectomies and carotid stenting prior to returning to Brookdale as a Vascular Attending.

His clinical interests include urgent carotid endarterectomies after minor strokes, Iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis and its management, aortic dissection, limb salvage, aortoiliac occlusive disease, abdominal and thoracic aneurysms, arcuate ligament syndrome, mesenteric artery disease and venous insufficiency.

Dr. Ramirez is board certified in Vascular Surgery and is an active member of the American College of Surgery, the Society of Vascular Surgery, and the Gulf Coast Vascular Society.

Francesco Serafini, MD
Surgical Oncology

Dr. Serafini completed his surgical residency as well as his fellowship in GI Surgical Oncology and HPB Surgery at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Serafini  is the Surgical Oncology Attending at Brookdale and the Director of Surgical Oncology at Kings County Hospital Center and at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  Dr. Serfini holds an academic appointment at the University of South Florida and at SUNY Downstate.  His particular clinical areas of interest are GI Cancers, including but not limited to HBP cancers, and Sarcomas.

Ruben Toribio, MD
General Surgery/Trauma

Dr. Toribio completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center.  He is an attending in General Surgery and Trauma at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.   He has vast experience in all general surgical procedures, especially in GI pathology.

John Tymchak, MD
Director, Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tymchak completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and his fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  He also completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU.  He is the Director of Plastic and Hand Surgery at Brookdale Hospital.  He is also actively involved in mentoring and advising residents about choices for their research year.

  To view a sample 2016 Surgical Calendar, please click here.



Rotation Schedule

 Post Graduate Year I - During the first year, the residents remain at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center where they rotate through General Surgery, Trauma, and the SICU, as well as complete one (1) month of Neurosurgery.

Post Graduate Year II - During the second year, residents rotate to Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for two (2) months of General Surgery/Vascular and to Maimonides Medical Center for two (2) months of Pediatric Surgery.  At Brookdale, aside from the core surgical/trauma rotations, the resident also rotates for one (1) month each in Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy.

A mandatory research year takes place between the PGY-2 and PGY-3 clinical years.

Post Graduate Year III - During the third clinical year, in addition to the core surgical/trauma rotations at Brookdale, the resident will complete a two (2) month rotation at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for General Surgery/Vascular surgery, as well as a one (1) month rotation each for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and a Transplant rotation at SUNY Downstate.

Post Graduate Year IV - During the fourth clinical year the resident will complete a four (4) month rotation in General Surgery/Vascular Surgery at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.  At Brookdale, the resident will be the Trauma Chief Resident for four (4) months and will spend three months on the General Surgery Service.

CHIEF RESIDENT - In the Fifth Year, as Chief, the Resident will act as Administrative Chief Resident for four (4) months with SICU supervision responsibilities, and the remaining months as Chief Residents on the General Surgery service.



Enrique Bujanda, MD

April Duckworth, MD

Dong Lee, MD
Neil Mashruwala, MD

Simone Mays, MD
Chyun-Yin Huang, MD

Farhan Nadeem, MD

Tiffany Pinchinat, MD
Yitzchok Greenberg, MD

Eduardo Morales-Vicente, MD
Mohammad Alzghari, MD

Mazhar Khalil, MD

Jaspreet Sandhu, MD
Zeyad Loubnan, MD

Aryan Meknat, MD

Frederique Pinto, MD

Michael Alosila-Gallegos, MD

Jeduthun Harris, MD

Cameron Manchester, MD
Tarannum Mujtaba, MD

Neel Patel, MD

Amy Plasencia, MD
Daniel Rabinowitz, MD

Vijil Rajan, MD

Ahsan Waqas, MD


 List of Graduated Residents in the Last 20 Years - Fellowships

2015 - 2016 
Christopher Koontz
Clarence Ojo
Herminio Diaz
Hand Surgery Fellowship, Hartford, CT
Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY
2014 - 2015 
Obinna Ezeamuzie
Samer Ebaid
Vasiliy Sim
Critical Care - U.I.C., Metro Health System, Chicago, IL
Transplant Surgery, UCLA
Trauma/Critical Care - Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Rahway, NJ
2013 - 2014 
Saptarshi Biswas
Raven Henderson
Zalekha Shair
Private Practice
Plastic Surgery Fellowship - Nebraska Medical Center
Private Practice
2012 - 2013 
Amir Gendy
Jonathan Landon
Onyeka Nwokocha
Pediatric Surgical Critical Care - UPMC
Plastic Surgery - LIPS, New York
MIS Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic, FL
2011 - 2012 
Orlando Canizares
Randolph Gibbs
Segundo Gonzalez
Nitin Sharma
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Tulane University, New Orleans
Hand and Shoulder - University of Buffalo
Surgical Oncology - The Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL
Surgical Oncology - Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

2010 - 2011 
Frederick Amog
Abraham Frech
Daniel Ramirez
Raza Shariff
Minimally Invasive Surgery - Baylor, TX
Minimally Invasive Surgery - Boston University, MA
Vascular Surgery - Ochsner, LA
Minimally Invasive Surgery - University of Pittsburgh
2009 - 2010 
David Bloom
Romane Joseph
Jun Levine
Jeffrey Lin
General Surgery - Private Practice, Long Island
General Surgery - Private Practice, Florida
Minimally Invasive Surgery - St. Luke's Roosevelt, New York, NY
Minimally Invasive Surgery - University Medical Center at Princeton, NJ
2008 - 2009 
Harmandeep SinghVascular Surgery - Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY

2007 - 2008 
Lourdes Castanon

Michael Ditillo

Jonathan Klonsky

Hadley Cadot
Burn and Critical Care - University of Texas Main Branch Schneider Children's Hospital - Galveston, TX
Trauma & Critical Care Surgery - University of Maryland Medical Center, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center - Baltimore, MD
Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery - University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital - Tampa, FL
Private Practice - Brooklyn, NY

2006 - 2007 
Albeir Mousa
Tamer Malik
David Okolica
Vascular Surgery - Robert Wood Johnson UMDNJ - New Brunswick, NJ
Transplant Surgery - University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE
Laparoscopic Surgery - Lehigh University Hospital - Allentown, PA
2005 - 2006 
Ahmed Khalil
Gurjyot Bajwa
Robert Beauford
Vascular Surgery - Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL
Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

2004 - 2005 
Howard Levinson
John Koppman
Daniel Sherwinter
Plastic Surgery - Duke University - Durham, NC
Laparoscopic Surgery - Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, FL
Laparoscopic Surgery - North Shore, NY

2003 - 2004 
Syed Ahmed
Sharon Koehler
Carone Warnsby
Laparoscopic Surgery - University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE
Breast Surgery - Beth Israel Medical Center - New York, NY
Private Practice - Midwest, Michigan
2002 - 2003 
Omar Awais
Maseer Bade
Deborah Kozik
Laparoscopic Foregut Surgery - University of Pittsburgh
Vascular Surgery - University of Maryland
Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Wisconsin
2001 - 2002
Huang Do
Charles Eisengart
Joseph Portorieko
Plastic Surgery - University of Memphis, TN
Colorectal Surgery - Robert Wood Johnson (UMDNJ), New Jersey
Trauma Critical Care - Yale University
2000 - 2001 
Bobby Bhasker Rao
Alex Komar
Suzzanne Trott
Laparoscopic Fellowship - U.C. Davis
Trauma Critical Care - SUNY Stonybrook
Plastic Surgery - UC San Diego

1999 - 2000 
Ravi Kothuru
Ajay Kumar
Steven Cohen
Thoracic Surgery - SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY
Plastic Surgery - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Surgical Critical Care - Boston University, Boston, MA

1998 - 1999 
Kang Liao
Kevin Fritz
Melody Yaman
Cardiac Surgery - University of Minnesota, MN
Private Practice, New York
Plastic Surgery, Chicago, IL
1997 - 1998
Assad Hassoun
Keith Moore
Forrest Rubenstein
Transplant Surgery - University of Pittsburgh, PA
Private Practice - Kansas
Cardiac Surgery & Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Tulane University, LA
1996 - 1997 
Gregory Piskin
Eric Young
Gallo Grijalva
Minimally Invasive Surgery - University of Pittsburgh
Private Practice - South Carolina
Air Force - Nebraska

Department Contact & Application Information

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Department of Surgical Services
One Brookdale Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11212

Residency Program Administrator: Marianne Mylan
Telephone: (718) 240-6386