Department-of-Surgery
Mount Sinai
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital
Division of General Surgery
Division of General Surgery

The Division of General Surgery began as two separate services with one being at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital and the other at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. Each achieved great distinction since their separate beginnings in the 1850’s. The two services merged in 1979 as the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Department of Surgery.

The history of our General Surgery Service is rich with tradition and innovation. Charles McBurney, MD worked at both sites and Chaired the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Roosevelt during the later part of the 19th Century. He was Professor of Surgery at Columbia and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital was the primary hospital associated with Columbia Medical School. During this time, he developed the McBurney incision for treatment of appendicitis which at that time was often fatal disease. When President McKinley was shot in the abdomen by an assassin in 1901, Dr. McBurney was called from NYC to attend him in Buffalo, New York, the site of the shooting.

William S. Halsted, MD began his career at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital and was Attending Surgeon until he moved to Johns Hopkins as the founding Chairman of that Department of Surgery.

Allen O. Whipple, MD, who went on to a distinguished career at Columbia, received his surgical training at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital.

Open heart surgery, resection for lung cancer, and kidney transplantation were all performed for the first time in New York by members of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

In more recent years, this tradition of innovation and leadership has continued. There are clinically active and innovative programs in minimally invasive, colorectal, bariatric, vascular, endovascular, robotically-assisted, and breast surgery to name just a few.

Minimally invasive procedures using single port laparoscopic approaches, NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery) and robotically-assisted surgical procedures have recently been described and developed by our surgeons. They are national leaders in these emerging areas.

Meet Our Physicians

Fadi F. Attiyeh, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 307-1144

Scott Belsley, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-8041

Alison A. Estabrook, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-7500

John E. Harvey, MD, MRCS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 636-1000

Grace J. Kim, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-8700

Fred M. Kimmelstiel, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 362-6060

Ninan Koshy, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-5295

Danne Lorieo, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-5295

James J. McGinty, Jr., MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 636-1000

Eric D. Moore, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 247-6575

Koji Park, MD
Attending Surgeon
(212) 636-1000

Geoffrey Pollack, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Head and Neck Surgeon
(212) 873-6175

Susan Talbert, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
(212) 523-5295