Program Director's Message

Goals of Department of Surgery:

Consistent with Harlem Hospital’s mission, we provide care for all regardless of ability to pay. We accomplish this by utilizing our resources effectively and assisting patients in obtaining health benefits when available. Affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Department of Surgery at Harlem Hospital fosters academic excellence. We are leaders in providing services to patients with complex health problems, and we recognize our role in coordinating the patient’s care across the continuum of care.


The goals of our department are:

(1) To promote wellness and healthy lifestyles;

(2) To assist every patient in achieving his/her highest functional capacity;

(3) To minimize acute episodes of chronic disease by providing access to appropriate levels of service;

(4) To minimize utilization of the emergency room for conditions that can be diagnosed and managed in an outpatient setting;

(5) To achieve the highest standard for ambulatory care services through ongoing monitoring, systematic review and improvement of the delivery of patient care.


Residency Profile:

The duration of surgical training is 5 years. The first year is equivalent to a surgical internship. There are rotations in Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, ENT, Urology, and Thoracic Surgery with exposure to Orthopedics and Neurosurgery.  In the second year residents manage critically ill surgical patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of an Intensivist and critical care surgical attendings.  They also rotate through General & Pediatric Surgery. The Harlem Surgical Program is integrated with the Surgical Department at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn. Residents from PGY I to V have rotations through surgical specialties at Woodhull Hospital similar to those at Harlem Hospital.


In the third year residents enter external rotations at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital to experience transplantation surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Hepatobiliary, Colorectal, Gastrointestinal and Thoracic Cancer Services at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. Residents take time off the Clinical Surgical Program after the completion of the PGY II training to undertake clinical or basic science research for one to three years. Fourth year residents spend the whole year on General Surgery. The fifth year of residency is the Chief Resident Year.


The Burn Unit and Plastic Surgery Service provide specialty plastic and reconstructive surgery for prevention and treatment of hypertrophic scarring unique to the minority community.


Harlem Hospital is the largest health facility in Harlem treating the most seriously ill within the community. Harlem Hospital is the pride of the community with one of the finest Trauma Service in the state and we strive to maintain the pride.