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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Surgical Residency Program

Our Program Staff

Program Director: Lisa Dresner, M.D., FACS

Associate Program Director: Alexander Schwartzman, M.D., FACS, MBA

Associate Program Director: Shalini Arora, M.D., FACS

Associate Program Director: Sreedhar Kallakuri, M.D., FACS

Associate Program Director: Henry Talus, M.D., FRCS (EDIN)

Associate Program Director: Loren J. Harris, M.D.,

Surgical Residency Coordinator: Natasha Sagal, MS, MSA

Surgical Education Manager: Jillian Telford, MPA

About Program

The Residency Program at Downstate is approved by the Residency Review Committee in Surgery to graduate nine residents each year. The program has no pyramid. Rotations currently take place at the following locations :

  • University Hospital of Brooklyn
  • Coney Island Hospital (HHC)
  • Kings County Hospital (HHC)
  • NY-Harbor VA Medical Center- Brooklyn Campus
  • Richmond University Medical Center


We support a transplant fellowship program which includes kidney and liver transplants, advanced training.

Requirement's for Categorical and Preliminary Applicants

The categorical residency in general surgery is a 5-year program.

We are approved for eight (8) Residents.

Applications are through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Since 1999 all applications are only accepted through the: ELECTRONIC RESIDENCY APPLICATION SERVICE (ERAS).

Our requirements for application include:

  • A Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE (ECFMG) scores
  • Dean's Letter
  • Personal Statement
  • C.V.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Interview

Potential applicants must be graduates of either of the following:

  • An LCME accredited medical school in the USA or Canada or
  • Graduates of an American Osteopathic Association accredited school of Osteopathy or
  • International Medical Graduates with a valid certificate from the ECFMG or have a full and unrestricted license to practice in a US licensing jurisdiction, or
  • Graduates of an LCME approved 5th Pathway Program


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