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Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program Overview

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery of the Department of Surgery offers an accredited colon and rectal surgery residency. This residency is designed to prepare the surgeon for the pursuit of an academic career in colon and rectal surgery equally as well as for private practice in colon and rectal surgery. The colon and rectal surgery residency program is a one-year fully accredited clinical residency.

Our faculty includes five full-time members who are established colon and rectal surgeons based at Stony Brook University Hospital: Paula I. Denoya, MD, associate professor of surgery and residency program director; Marvin L. Corman, MD, professor of surgery; Kathreen P. Lee, MD, assistant professor of surgery; Jill C. Genua, MD, assistant professor of surgery; and William B. Smithy, MD, assistant professor of surgery.

In addition, we have part-time faculty member, Arnold R. Leiboff, MD, assistant professor of surgery, who has a busy private practice.

The colorectal resident divides their time equally between Stony Brook University Hospital and Winthrop Hospital (which is 36 miles from Stony Brook) in 1-2 month blocks. At Winthrop the dedicated faculty of our training program are: Dean P. Pappas, MD, on-site training director; Jennifer Agnew MD; Mala M. Balakumar, MD; Frank Caliendo MD; Jules Garbus, MD; Paul A. Hartendorp, MD; Steven Pelaez, MD; and Cesar Sanz, MD. The continuity of the educational experience at both institutions is ensured through the collaborative efforts of the site director at Winthrop and the program director at Stony Brook.

Our faculty includes national and international leaders in the field of colon and rectal surgery, as shown by their distinguished contributions to the surgical literature: Selected Faculty Publications 2000–Present.

The content of the educational experience is directed toward fulfilling the requirements of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Residents gain operative experience through a large volume of diverse surgical procedures, including reconstructive anorectal surgery, surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, emergency colon resections, ambulatory anorectal surgery, and all aspects of office and endoscopic procedures. There is a strong focus on minimally invasive training, including robotics.

At Stony Brook and at Winthrop, the resident participates in and becomes proficient in running the Anorectal Physiology Laboratory. Anorectal ultrasound, anorectal manometry, and pudendal nerve latency studies are performed (read more).

The colorectal surgeons work closely with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as part of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center to care for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Our state-of-the-art Surgical Skills Center at Stony Brook offers residents essential training experience by means of surgical simulation of laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

Upon completion of the training program, the resident should feel comfortable in dealing with all aspects of clinical colon and rectal surgery, and is eligible for board certification in colon and rectal surgery by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Both Stony Brook University Hospital and Winthrop Hospital have been recognized for many years as centers for academic pursuits, and have established educational programs. There is a comprehensive formal teaching/lecture program, which currently includes the following weekly conferences: morbidity and mortality, grand rounds, tumor board, GI conference, treatment planning, core curriculum, colon and rectal rounds, and case presentations. The weekly Core Curriculum conference incorporates the CREST curriculum available through the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) along with standard textbooks and other resources (read more).

The entire faculty is committed to teaching at all levels — lectures and conferences, walk rounds, operative and procedural instruction, office management of patients, as well as administrative and financial advice concerning running a practice in colon and rectal surgery.

In addition, we have a series of colon and rectal surgery Visiting Professor dinner meetings at which a formal talk is given; notable speakers have included Dr. Anthony Senagore ("Laparoscopic Colectomy: Is It Ready For Prime Time?"), Dr. David J. Schoetz, Jr. ("Local Treatment of Rectal Cancer"), and Dr. Robert W. Beart, Jr. ("Evolution of Continence Preservation in IBD-Problem Management"), among others. Additionally, a monthly Journal Club meeting is held, with attendance from both training sites and the surrounding community hospitals.

The colorectal resident is encouraged to participate in clinical research during training and is expected to submit an abstract to the ASCRS annual meeting and to local and regional meetings, as well as to participate in the annual Stony Brook Surgery Research Day. Several studies, which have been approved by Stony Brook's Institutional Review Board, are in progress. The resident is expected to participate in all aspects of these trials.

Ample time is allotted for reading and for research. A large medical library is present on both campuses (see Stony Brook's library; see Winthrop's library), along with extensive electronic access. While at Stony Brook, the resident leads a team consisting of a junior and senior general surgery resident.

The resident is expected to be available for call, but not in-house. There is always a senior level general surgery resident in the hospital.

The resident receives one-month vacation per year, in accordance with the GME requirements of both institutions, and are entitled to salary and benefits at the PGY-6 level ($78,929). No housing is provided. The resident will be sent to the national meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as a guest of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Additionally, the resident participates in various specialty training courses throughout the year, including the Association of Program Directors Career Course and a robotic training course.

If you have any questions regarding our training program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Denoya at 631-444-3431.