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Department of Urology Faculty

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The Core Faculty are Foundational Members of the Academic Executive Committee (AEC). The AEC’s mission is to maximize the Downstate Urology residents’ educational experience by:

  • Continuously identifying internal opportunities or weaknesses within our current educational networks (affiliates)
  • Identify and integrate external potential opportunities and or best practices into our curriculum.
  • Modify current experiences in our current educational network based on resident feedback, our Institutional / Departmental Mission, and Regulatory considerations.
  • Monitor resident performance and progress through feedback obtained by affiliates within our educational network, and performance metrics (case logs, research, In-Service exams, Grand Rounds presentations.
  • Ensure resident wellness
  • Oversee the prospective resident selection process.
  • Act as a repository for resident concerns and complaints, and suggestions. -Act as an intermediary between resident and affiliate institutions.
  • Ensure compliance with ACGME mandates and other regulatory bodies
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Wellman Cheung, MD, FACS

Clinical Professor
Staff Urologist, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Department of Urology

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Ivan Colon, MD

Staff Urologist
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

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Bethany Desroches, MD

Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Science University
Director of Surgical Simulation Program, SUNY Downstate Department of Urology

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Dhanan J. Etwaru, MD

Chief of Urology
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

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Michael Herman, MD

Director of Urology
South Nassau Communities Hospital

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Llewellyn M. Hyacinthe, MD, MBA, FACS

Associate Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Department of Urology
Director of Operations, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Department of Urology
Staff Urologist, The University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB)

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Abdo (Eddie) Kabarriti, MD

Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Department of Urology
Chief of Urology, Coney Island Hospital
Staff Urologist, Kings County Hospital Center

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Nicholas T. Karanikolas, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Department of Urology
Chief of Urology, Veterans Affairs NY Harbor Healthcare, Department of Urology


Department of Urology


SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
445 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203


  • Phone: (718) 270-2554
  • Fax: (718) 270-3848