Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year 

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Randall Owen, MD
[email protected]

Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:

Wilmarie Romero
fellowship coordinator
[email protected]


Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Department of Surgery
16th Street at 1st Ave
Baird Hall, 16th Floor, Suite 46
New York, NY 10003

Academic: 212-420-2452
Fax: 212-844-7696

Objectives of the Program:

The main objective of the Mount Sinai Endocrine Surgery Fellowship program is to train the next generation of endocrine surgeons. Fellows receive broad exposure to all aspects of endocrine surgery with an emphasis on the AAES core curriculum for endocrine surgery and minimal access techniques.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

In Sept 2013, the Mount Sinai Medical Center acquired 5 NYC hospitals to become the Mount Sinai Health System, the largest healthcare organization in New York City (37,000 employees). To capitalize on the immense educational opportunity, the Mount Sinai endocrine surgery fellow will rotate equally between 2 MSHS hospitals in Manhattan: Mount Sinai Hospital (Upper East Side) and Mount Sinai Beth Israel (East Village). Five fellowship-trained endocrine surgery attendings split time between the 2 sites but continually collaborate through health system-wide endocrine tumor boards, research and quality initiatives. In addition, the fellow works closely with the minimally invasive surgery faculty. The fellow will be exposed to the following:

a. Minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid procedures (local anesthesia, video-endoscopic, robotics, transora & BABA, nerve monitoring) as well as conventional approaches
b. Laparoscopic/robotic adrenalectomy (transabdominal and retroperitoneal) as well as open adrenalectomy for ACC
c. Hepatic and pancreas endocrine surgical oncology (RFA/resection neuroendocrine hepatic metastases, carcinoid, islet cell tumors)
d. Office-based procedures (cervical ultrasonography, fine needle aspiration, laryngoscopy)
e. Head and neck oncology (neck dissection, parotid, melanoma, squamous cell cancer)
f. Multidisciplinary Endocrine Neoplasia Center office hours and conferences [which includes the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center (staffed by endocrine surgery, endocrinology, cytopathology, nuclear medicine and medical oncology) and The Adrenal Center (staffed by endocrinology, endocrine surgery, cardiology, medical oncology and other ancillary specialists)].
g. Robotic endocrine surgery including the BABA technique (Dr Hyun Suh at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)

In order to provide advanced training in laparoscopy and to prepare our trainees for a career after fellowship, the Endocrine Surgery fellow will also receive wide exposure to Advanced Laparoscopy, and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The Endocrine Surgery fellow partners with the MIS fellow to share call, split teaching responsibilities, etc. The Endocrine Surgery fellow will participate in a large number of diverse procedures including:

a. Metabolic surgery: GI procedures designed to address Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome
b. Foregut: fundoplications, paraesophageal hernia repairs, Heller myotomies and gastric/small bowel resections
c. Bariatric: laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band placement, sleeve
gastrectomy, duodenal switch and revisional procedures
d. Transplant: laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
e. General Surgery: laparoscopic inguinal and ventral hernia repair; diagnostic laparoscopy,
appendectomy, cholecystectomy

The Fellow participates in several clinical research projects during the year and is expected to present at a national meeting, generally AAES, IAES, SAGES, ACS, and/or ASMBS. To facilitate the production of academic videos, the fellow is provided with access to professional quality video recording and editing equipment. The fellow is expected to assist in writing review articles and book chapters. The fellow presents Grand Rounds to the Department of Surgery and plays an active role in the education of Mount Sinai residents and medical students.

International Medical Graduates:

International candidates with extramural funding will be considered.

Special Considerations:

Applicants with J-1 Visas are not eligible.

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Previous Fellows:

Leon Kushnir, MD 2010-11
Assistant Professor
Rowan Medical School
Vineland, NJ

Barnard J.G. Palmer, MD 2011-12
Assistant Professor
UCSF- East Bay
San Francisco, CA

Meena Said, MD 2012-13
Attending Surgeon
Los Angeles, CA

Rohan Joseph, MD 2013-14
Clinical Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Attending Surgeon
Tallahassee, FL

Gustavo Fernandez-Ranvier, MD 2014-15
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Aida Taye, MD 2015-2016
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Timo Hakkerainen, MD 2015-16
Attending Surgeon
EvergreenHealth Medical Center
Kirkland, Washington

Greg Jossart, MD 1998-99
Attending San Francisco, CA

Marina Kurian, MD 1999-00
Attending NYU Langone Medical Center

Emma Patterson, MD 1999-00
Attending Organ Health Sciences

Christine Ren, MD 1999-00
Attending NYU Langone Medical Center

Francesco Rubino 1999-00
Attending Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

John DeCsepel, MD 2000-01
Attending New York, NY

Theresa Quinn, MD 2000-01
Attending Milwaukee, WI

Christine C. J. Feng, MD 2001-02
Attending Redwood Shores, CA

David Voellinger, MD 2001-02