SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine
University Hospital of Brooklyn
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University has been serving the residents of Brooklyn since 1860 and is currently the home of the College of Medicine, University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB), and the home base of our department. UHB is an 8 story, 376-bed facility with 12 operating rooms, an ambulatory surgery facility, and several satellite facilities where residents perform ambulatory surgeries. This is the primary teaching site for the residency program. All core teaching faculty are based here and hold academic appointments through the College of Medicine. This site serves as the location of primary didactic lectures, weekly Grand Rounds, and M&M conferences.
Kings County Hospital Center
Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) is a Level I trauma center adjacent to University Hospital of Brooklyn. Residents have exposure to both blunt and penetrating multi-system trauma and also rotate through numerous subspecialty services that are integrated between KCHC and UHB, including pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, foot and ankle, adult reconstruction, and hand. The hospital serves a highly diverse patient population which exposes residents to a wide range of pathology. Consequently, independence is fostered at KCHC and in keeping with our program of graduated responsibility there is a preponderance of fifth year residents at KCHC. Here residents develop their decision-making, operative planning, and follow-up care clinical abilities and are responsible for staffing a resident-run clinic.
Brooklyn Campus of the Veterans' Administration Harbor Healthcare System
The Brooklyn VA in located on the Fort Hamilton army base, the only active military base in New York City and the home to the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York National Guard. The facility is an integrated affiliate staffed by the Downstate faculty. The core experience is largely non-traumatic with an excellent exposure to joint reconstruction surgery, elective hand surgery, and sports medicine. Residents take home call while rotating here and have the opportunity to utilize the on-base fitness facilities.
Brookdale University Hospital
The Brookdale University Hospital is one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching and a busy Level One trauma center. Rotations here are in the PGY-2 through PGY 4 years with the senior resident functioning as the chief resident of a trauma service. A large number of acute and reconstructive fracture cases are performed here and residents are able to refine surgical techniques, including plating and intramedullary fixation of long bone fractures. This rotation also allows junior residents to gain experience in developing treatment plans, making surgical indications, and developing their operative skills.
Staten Island University Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) is perhaps our highest volume hospital in terms of operative cases. SIUH was founded in 1861 as a small, one-room infirmary but has since grown to a 714-bed specialized hospital. Residents rotate through and have a high-volume surgical experience in all of the major subspecialties, with particular emphasis on adult reconstruction. Many Downstate alumni currently practice here which provides an ideal environment for the resident to not only improve their operative skills, but to learn about post-residency life.