Overview

Overview

Thank you for your interest in Cleveland Clinic’s General Surgery residency program. The training offered here provides an unmatched exposure to the entire spectrum of surgical diseases and procedures with abundant opportunities for research and professional development in a supportive environment. Trainees in our program are in the operating room from the beginning of intern year and finish with around 1000 cases. As a high volume international referral center, our residents operate on and care for some of the most challenging and complex patients. However, they also perform a substantial number of operations commonly seen by General Surgeons in community practice. The result is a robust toolbox of skills that prepares our graduates to take on any surgical problem.

Residents have the option to pursue 1-3 years of supplemental professional development time after the 2nd year of clinical training. This is an optional, flexible experience designed to meet the individual goals of the trainee. The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute has nearly 200 basic science laboratories with whom our residents can train. An accelerated program is available for physicians who wish to obtain a PhD in Molecular Medicine making it possible to complete during these years. A large number of ongoing clinical trials are also available for those interested in clinical research. Mentoring in outcomes, quality and education research is also offered. The available experience outside the clinical training years augments the multitude of opportunities for scholarship that can be pursued during clinical training. Department funding is available.

One of the most important elements of our program is the collegiality and camaraderie between the residents and faculty. Our structured advising program is supplemented by access to mentors who guide trainees towards their chosen fields. While most of our graduates pursue fellowship training after residency, around 15% go directly into academic or community practice.

On this website you will find more details of our program. If you believe our program fits your personal and professional goals, we invite you to apply for one of our 10 categorical positions through ERAS. If you have further questions, though, please feel free to contact us. We believe it will become clear why Cleveland Clinic’s General Surgery residency program is one of the best.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Lipman, MD
Jeremy Lipman, MD, MHPE, FACS, FASCRS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Associate Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Residency Program Leadership

Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Chair, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

R. Matthew Walsh, MD
R. Matthew Walsh, MD
Chair, Department of General Surgery

Vikram Krishnamurthy, MD
Vikram Krishnamurthy, MD
Associate Program Director for Didactic Curricula

Ajita Prabhu, MD, FACS
Ajita Prabhu, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director for Simulation

John Rodriguez, MD, FACS
John Rodriguez, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director for Resident Development

Steven Rosenblatt, MD, FACS
Steven Rosenblatt, MD, FACS
Resident Intermediary Associate Program Director
Medical Student Education Director, Surgery Clerkship

Judith French, PhD
Judith French, PhD
Surgical Educator

Joseph Trunzo, MD
Joseph Trunzo, MD
Site Director, Fairview Hospital, General Surgery Residency

Kalman Bencsath, MD
Kalman Bencsath, MD
Site Director, Hillcrest Hospital, General Surgery Residency

Clinical Training & Conferences

Clinical Training & Conferences

Our residency program is unique because of its diversity, case volume and variety of teaching settings. We are proud to have faculty and residents within our ranks that come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Resident education and research are at the forefront of our department. Our residents have the opportunity to rotate in a variety of clinical settings, from a leading quaternary teaching hospital with some of the most complex patient presentations to community hospitals and outpatient surgery centers with straightforward general surgery cases. All residents are guaranteed to be exposed to a large number of cases from all aspects of modern general surgery.

Experience

Our training philosophy is to involve the entire team, especially residents, in patient care at all times – pre-operative decision making in the clinic or in consultation, in the operating room, and during post-operative care. Experience is gained by operating on skill appropriate cases at our high volume quaternary care hospital, community hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers. Leadership is developed by conferring a high level of responsibility early in the training program with progressive autonomy and responsibility. The most senior resident on a service is charged with assigning operative cases to residents and fellows, ensuring an optimal experience that is tailored to each resident.

Surgery Simulation

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Multidisciplinary Simulation has laparoscopy, flexible endoscopy, robotic surgery, and endovascular surgery simulators, in addition to being a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) training and testing site. Residents have 24-hour access to the sim-lab. The Stanley Shalom Zielony Simulation and Team Training Labs are also available for simulation sessions arranged for residents every 3 months, including ICU and trauma mock scenarios with Harvey the cardiopulmonary patient.

Night Float/Call Format

The main hospital has a night float system, consisting of a team of PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-4 residents. This format allows all team members to operate in level-appropriate cases, provide longitudinal care of patients, and dedicate time to research projects, leadership positions, and knowledge development. When not on the night float rotation, junior residents typically take call two weekends per month and senior residents take call about once a month. We adhere to all ACGME work hour regulations, including the 80-hour work week and an average of one day off per week averaged over the month.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

M&M conference is held on a weekly basis. Our rotating Acute Care Surgery staff for the week chooses cases for presentation based on their teaching merit, and moderates the discussion. The resident who operated on the patient presents the case, focusing on the clinical decision making, why the complication occurred, how the case could have been managed differently, and a review of the relevant literature. The focus of the conference is improving clinical decision making to improve patient care. Each hospital holds its own weekly M&M conference.

Grand Rounds

Quarterly Grand Rounds by both local experts and Visiting Professors promote surgical learning for faculty and residents alike. In addition to lecture style seminars, residents further have the unique opportunity to interact with these leaders over case presentations and informal lunch discussions. Residents have the opportunity to ask questions about research, career trajectory, and generic life advice in an informal setting. Topics cover a broad range of topics, including modern advances, historical perspectives, world health, and the environmental impact of healthcare to name a few.

Cleveland Clinic Conferences

Our residents may attend high-level, multidisciplinary conferences taught by our world-renowned faculty aimed at practicing digestive, vascular, oncologic and endocrine disease specialists. These combine clinical management updates by thought leaders, hands-on skills development, and quality and patient safety developments.

Who makes up the PGY-1 surgery class?

Our PGY-1 class is made up of 10 categorical and 9 preliminary General Surgery residents. Additionally, interns from multiple specialties rotate on our general surgery services facilitating exposure to relevant general surgery cases for our subspecialty colleagues, and creating rapport between residents across departments. Interns from our Integrated Vascular, Cardiovascular, Thoracic, Plastics, Urology, Orthopedic, and Otolaryngology work closely with our general surgery residents.

PGY-1 Fundamentals of Surgery Seminar Series

Residents arrive as PGY-1’s with a range of knowledge and clinical experience. All General Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Integrated Vascular, Cardiothoracic and Plastic Surgery residents have a year-long curriculum with weekly reading topics and didactic seminars. Chairman’s rounds with Dr. Walsh and the interns occur once a month.

PGY-2 to PGY-5 Conference

Protected educational conference occurs every Wednesday after M&M conference from 8:30-11am. This conference’s format varies week-to-week, ranging from lecture based content from leading Cleveland Clinic faculty, research work-shops, simulation activities, and game-based ABSITE review. The curriculum for this conference follows a two-year revolving schedule based on the SCORE curriculum, and is supplemented by access to Scientific American’s Decker online question bank and content. Simulation lab training and Ponsky’s rounds also occur during this time. This is protected education time where all residents are excused from their clinical responsibilities.

Service Specific Conferences

Each service holds its own conference (weekly) and journal clubs (monthly). Journal clubs are normally held at restaurants.

Mock Orals

Several mock orals are held throughout the year. These are rotation specific and level appropriate. Residents of all levels undergo mocks oral in preparation for board exams. Dr David Krpata holds a weekly mock oral prepping where two residents are selected to practice in each session.

Mentorship Program

Each trainee, upon entrance to our program, is assigned a faculty mentor. This staff-member will facilitate the trainee’s integration into Cleveland Clinic and assist them throughout their time here. Trainees meet with their mentors at least twice a year to go over their milestones, evaluations, progress and accomplishments. Many mentors and trainees develop research collaborations and discuss career goals, job placements and personal issues.

Administrative Experience

Residents have the opportunity to participate in administrative roles very early on their path through the program. Two administrative Chiefs Residents are elected by the program administration to assist in the day-to-day administration of activities of the program, including rotation schedule, call schedule, education improvements, etc. In addition, residents have the opportunity to hold membership in the department’s education committee, residency recruitment committee, research committee, intern orientation, quality improvement committee, serve as the medical student liaison and help organize social events.

Opportunities for electives both inside and outside Cleveland Clinic

All PGY-3s, 4s and 5s have a designated block of elective time each year. This time may be used for additional exposure to one of the core rotations at the main campus or regional hospitals. Alternatively, this time may be used to pursue other interests including cardiac surgery, plastic surgery or kidney and pancreas transplant. International rotations, as well as electives at outside institutions, are also possible.

What is the surgical volume for residents upon graduation?

The average case number of graduating residents is between 1,100-1,200 cases. Additional, they graduate with an average of 120 upper and lower endoscopies.

Rotations & Teams

Rotations & Teams

PGY-1 (4 weeks per rotation)

Acute Care Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Night Float
Colorectal Surgery
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Endocrine Surgery
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
Fairview Vascular Surgery
Hillcrest General Surgery
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Liver Transplant
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery
Vascular Surgery

PGY-2 (4 weeks per rotation)

Acute Care Surgery Night Float
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Breast Surgery
Fairview Pediatric/Thoracic/Breast
Fairview ICU
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
Fairview Vascular
Hillcrest General Surgery
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Intestinal Transplant
Metro Trauma/ICU
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Plastic Surgery

PGY-3 (5 weeks per rotation)

Acute Care Surgery
Breast Surgery*
Fairview Colorectal
Fairview Vascular Surgery
Hillcrest General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery*
Liver Transplant*
Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery/Surgical Endoscopy*
Elective

PGY-4 (5 weeks per rotation)

Acute Care Surgery Night Float*
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery*
Elective
Endocrine Surgery*
Fairview Colorectal*
Fairview General Surgery/Bariatric/Trauma
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Metro Health Trauma*
Thoracic Surgery
Vascular Surgery*

PGY-5 (5 weeks per rotation)

Acute Care Surgery*
Colorectal - Acting Fellow*
Fairview General Surgery/Bariatric/Trauma*
Fairview Vascular*
Hillcrest General Surgery*
Hillcrest HPB/Colorectal*
HPB/Surgical Oncology*
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery*
Elective
*Chief

Surgical Teams

Main Campus

Rotation Team

Hermann (HPB/Surgical Oncology)

PGY5, PGY4, PGY2, PGY1

Esselstyn/G. Crile (Endocrine)

PGY4, PGY1

Steiger (MIS/Hernia)

PGY4, PGY1

Grundfest (MIS/Hernia)

PGY5, PGY2, PGY1

MIS/Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy

PGY3, PGY2, PGY1

Team V-Bariatrics

PGY3, PGY1

Acute Care Surgery-Days

PGY5, PGY3, 2x-PGY1

Acute Care Surgery Nights

PGY4, PGY2, 2x-PGY1

Firor (Pediatric Surgery)

PGY3, 2x-PGY1

B. Crile (Breast)

PGY3, PGY2

Fung (Liver Transplant)

PGY3, PGY1

Multivisceral Transplant

PGY2

Regional Hospital Teams

Rotation Team

Hillcrest Gold (General Surgery)

PGY5, PGY3, PGY2, PGY1

Hillcrest Brown (HPB and Colorectal)

PGY5, PGY2, PGY1

Fairview Red (Vascular)

PGY5, PGY3, PGY2, PGY1

Fairview Blue (Colorectal)

PGY4, PGY3, PGY1

Fairview Green (General Surgery/Trauma)

PGY5, PGY4, PGY2 x 2, PGY1

Fairview SICU

PGY2

Fairview Thoracic/Breast/Pediatric

PGY2

Research

Research

Resident Research

A successful career in surgery, both in an academic and a community setting, requires an understanding of research and the ability to critically appraise medical literature. All residents in our program participate in a comprehensive academic curriculum with year-round lectures, individualized mentorship and extensive resources to encourage resident participation in research.

Those who are interested may arrange for additional years of professional development time during residency, typically after the second clinical year. Departmental and other funding sources are available. This time can be used to obtain an advanced degree, participate in basic science research, or become involved in one of many prospective clinical studies conducted at Cleveland Clinic.

Residents are encouraged to submit their work to local, regional, national and international meetings. Release from clinical duties and travel support is offered by the department in accordance with the travel guidelines.

Research Opportunities

Research is one of the main pillars of Cleveland Clinic, as is reflected by the vast resources offered by the institution to continuously innovate and improve patient care. Fueled by the unique case volume and complexity, the surgical divisions and departments are pioneers in clinical and basic science research with multiple ongoing prospective trials and large historical databases readily available. In practically every surgical field, including cardiac, colorectal, bariatric/MIS, endocrine, plastic, vascular and hernia surgery, there are unique opportunities for residents interested in academics to work within established groups and excel. In addition, those interested in laboratory research benefit from access to the more than 200 principal investigators at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY1

Alexis Harvey, MD, MSPH

Alexis Harvey, MD, MSPH

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Aransas Pass, TX
  • Career Interest: General Surgery, Critical Care
  • Bio: Born and raised in the South but quickly adopting Cleveland as my new home. Previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, focusing on blood transfusion safety. Enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs, Honey Bear and Blue.

Mir Shanaz Hossain, MD

Mir Shanaz Hossain, MD

  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Bio: Shanaz grew up in Baltimore, MD and stayed for undergrad at the Johns Hopkins University where she double majored in Neuroscience and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She moved to Pittsburgh for medical school and during her time there, established her food Instagram as she explored new restaurants and tried different cuisines. In her free time, Shanaz enjoys playing piano, cooking & baking, and visiting new places.

Benjamin Kramer, DO, MS

Benjamin Kramer, DO, MS

  • Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Northport, NY
  • Career Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Education
  • Bio: Born on the North Shore of Long Island, NY, Ben knows the worlds best pizza and bagels. He attended Villanova University and majored in physics and chemistry. Ben earned a masters degree focusing on academic medicine and education from New York Institute of Technology where he completed his medical school education. In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking and backpacking and is an avid singer.

Vyacheslav Lenkov, MD

Vyacheslav Lenkov, MD

  • Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Canadian, Oklahoma
  • Career Interest: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Bio: Vyacheslav was born in Russia and moved to a small town in Oklahoma at the age of 13. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and 3 pets. His interests also include traveling, cooking, gardening, projects around the house, and watching sports.

Mujtaba Mubashir, MD

Mujtaba Mubashir, MD

  • Medical School: Aga Khan University (Pakistan)
  • Hometown: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Career Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Bio: Born in Pakistan and raised in Abu Dhabi, I studied medicine at the Aga Khan University, where I was incredibly fortunate to receive the Medical College’s Best Graduate Award as well as the 9th Gold Medal. Am truly delighted to be pursuing general surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic amongst fantastic staff and peers. Enjoy all racquet sports especially tennis and squash, and love cycling, skating, playing the piano and traveling.

Camila Ortega, MD

Camila Ortega, MD

  • Medical School: Escuela de Medicina - Universidad del Azuay (Ecuador)
  • Hometown: Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Career Interest: MIS, Global surgery, Endocrine surgery
  • Bio: Camila was born and raised in The Andes. She likes to spend her free time riding her bicycle, doing Origami and reading novels. She also loves visiting mountains for hiking, skiing or just to enjoy the view.

Gilman Plitt, MD

Gilman Plitt, MD

  • Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Career Interest: Cardiac, Colorectal, MIS, Surgical Education
  • Bio: Gil was born and raised in St. Louis until moving to Fort Collins, Colorado for undergraduate education. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis, practicing the piano, and spending time with friends.

Lorena Rincon-Cruz, MD

Lorena Rincon-Cruz, MD

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Career Interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: Lorena was originally born in Mexico and moved to the US when she was still a child. She attended Stanford University where she studied Biology and Studio Art. Outside the hospital, she enjoys field sports, trivia nights, cooking, and wine. She spends most of her free time either outdoors with her miniature schnauzer, Bosco, or snuggled up to watch a good movie.

Corey Timmerman, MD

Corey Timmerman, MD

  • Medical School: UT Southwest Medical School
  • Hometown: Westlake, TX
  • Career Interest: Endocrine Surgery, Breast Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Global Health
  • Bio: Grew up in Texas and love being in the great outdoors. I am currently a frustrated apartment gardener and long for a real vegetable and flower garden - watching seeds grow is one of my favorite things! I enjoy running and cycling, and ran a marathon in med school. My next goal now that I've come to a place with real winters is learning how to cross country ski.

Noah Weingarten, MD, MA

Noah Weingarten, MD, MA

  • Medical School: Northwestern University
  • Hometown: Milburn, NJ
  • Career Interest: Pediatric and Cardiothoracic Surgery; Device Innovation and Global Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in New Jersey. Have since lived in Southern California, Annapolis, Chicago, and now Cleveland. Enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, comedy, reading, snowboarding, learning new skills, and hanging with friends.

PGY2

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Karolis Bauza, BM BCh, DPhil

  • Medical School: University of Oxford
  • Hometown: Kretinga, Lithuania
  • Career interest: Abdominal organ transplantation
  • Bio: Born and reared in Lithuania, I attended medical school in England, where a passion for surgery developed. Eventually, my curiosity and the desire to train and work in the US led me to general surgery program at Cleveland Clinic. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and our son. Time permitting, I also enjoy sports, Netflix and reading scientific papers.

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Tim Beck, MD, PhD

  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Germany
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: Tim moved from Germany (town: Bielefeld) to New Jersey at age 13 and has since also lived in New York City, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Tim enjoys reading, football (the European kind), traveling, and science (particularly cellular and molecular cancer biology and cancer genetics). He recently discovered that he also enjoys playing golf (currently >>> over par).

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Alexandra Ferre, MD

  • Medical School: Universidad Central De Venezuela
  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Career interest: Trauma Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Alex came to the United States after medical school to finish her training and be close to family. She lived in Miami, Florida before coming to Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, training for triathlons, and traveling

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Maysoon Gamaleldin, MD

  • Medical School: Dubai Medical College
  • Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Career interest: Colorectal Surgery
  • Bio: Born in Egypt, raised in Dubai, I finished my general surgery training in AbuDhabi and came here to pursue a career in colorectal surgery. I am also a proud makeup-aholic and love to spend time spoiling my kitty, Boloz!

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Amy Han, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Trauma/Critical Care
  • Bio: Amy was born in Korea, but has been a Clevelander for more than half her life. She enjoys running, exploring new cuisine, baking, drinking coffee, and catching up with friends. She’s excited to explore the international surgical education opportunities during residency!

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Vivek Karun, MD

  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Career interest: Device Innovation, Global Surgery
  • Bio: Born in India and raised in Houston for most of my life, I grew up loving the piano and all things Houston sports. I'm an adventurer at heart, so I enjoy traveling, discovering new places, and most other outdoor activities. But more than anything, I value my time with family and friends.

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Katherine Montelione, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Highland Park, NJ
  • Career interest: Undecided
  • Bio: Katie grew up in a small town in New Jersey and attended Columbia University, where she majored in Biochemistry. Prior to medical school she pursued research in Immunology at the National Institutes of Health and Weill Cornell Medicine, earning a Masters in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis. She traded the big city life to attend medical school in Cleveland and subsequently fell in love with the food and people in this Rust Belt city! She loves cooking, trying new restaurants, skiing, and travel.

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Nitin Sajankila, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dayton, NJ
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in Jersey, but now a Clevelander at heart. I like to spend my free time hiking the outdoors, cooking & eating all day, and ruminating on politics.

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Thomas Shin, MD, PhD

  • Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: After living in over 10 cities across East Asia and the United States, Tom was most recently in Boston where he completed his medical degree before arriving at Cleveland for surgical residency. He also completed his PhD in Molecular and Translational Medicine, studying the role of inflammation in cancer microenvironments. When not in the hospital, Tom can be found scoping out new running trails or cooking feasts and delicious treats for his family of three.

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Avia Wilkerson, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology, Elimination of Health Disparities
  • Bio: I grew up wanting to be a professional modern dancer until my sights turned toward a career in surgery. You may find me trying and cooking new foods or at a local Vinyasa yoga studio.

PGY3

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Kevin Brown, MD

  • Medical School: American University of Antigua
  • Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
  • Career interest: General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatrics
  • Bio: Originally from Jersey, but lived in Maryland/DC the past decade. Love to camp, run, endurance cycle, play the piano, and eat pizza.

Sarah Choi
Sarah Choi, MD, MS

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Career interest: Colorectal surgery, Thoracic surgery
  • Bio: Adventurous at heart, Sarah spends her time exploring the various cities she's lived in (including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Detroit, Cleveland) and has traveled to over 15 countries. When indoors, however, she enjoys playing the piano, baking, and completing her DIY projects.

Bess Connors
Bess Connors, MD

  • Medical School: University of Michigan
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Career interest: Undecided
  • Bio: Bess is interested in process improvement and is still exploring the surgical subspecialties. She enjoys living in Tremont and exploring the arts and culture of Cleveland. She is happiest singing or enjoying a Lake Michigan beach with family.
Amanjit Gill, MD

Amanjit Gill, MD

  • Medical School: Saba University (Netherland)
  • Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Career Interest: Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Bio: I was born and raised in Newfoundland where I developed an interest in biological sciences. I joined the military after and served as a medic which guided me to pursue surgery. I enjoy cooking and traveling in my free time.
Nadeem N. Haddad, MD

Nadeem N. Haddad, MD

  • Medical School: University of Jordan (Jordan)
  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Bio: I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I enjoy traveling, watching Lakers basketball, and playing videogames.

Research: Joshua Landreneau
Joshua Landreneau, MD

  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Career interest: Surgical Endoscopy / Minimally Invasive Surgery

Shashank Sharma
Shashank Sharma, MD

  • Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
  • Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • Career interest: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery; Global Surgery; Medical device development
  • Bio: Born in India and raised in Virginia, Shashank built and developed an orphanage in Kenya prior to attending medical school. His hobbies include cooking, finance, politics, playing tennis, travelling, going to art museums, and gardening.
Kathyrn Stackhouse, MD, MS

Kathyrn Stackhouse, MD, MS

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Thurmont, MD
  • Career Interest: HPB
  • Bio: When not in the hospital, Katie enjoys working out, exploring the food scene of Cleveland, and spending time outdoors.

Research: Andrew Tang
Andrew Tang, MD

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Plano, Texas
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery
  • Bio: Born in Texas, I will take brisket and beer over steak any day. I enjoy spending time with my coresidents and traveling with my wife, who is a peds resident. Also I like to eat, a lot
Yaning Zhang, MD

Yaning Zhang, MD

  • Medical School: Shantou University Medical College (China)
  • Hometown: China
  • Career Interest: Trauma, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in China, I came to the US after graduation from medical school, in pursuit of high quality training in General Surgery

PGY4

Research: Dominykas Burneikis
Dominykas Burneikis, MD

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Career interest: General / Colorectal Surgery
  • Bio: Dom was born in Vilnius, Lithuania before relocating to Colorado with his family at the age of 10. He moved to Baltimore to complete his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. Dom returned to University of Colorado School of Medicine where he met his wife, Talia, prior to a successful couples match in Cleveland.

Research: Talia Burneikis
Talia Burneikis, MD

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Career interest: General/Rural Surgery, Endocrine/Breast Surgery
  • Bio: She spends her free time baking, running with her dogs, and taking in the outdoors. She loves skiing and snowshoeing in Colorado as well as biking, hiking and foraging for mushrooms with her husband.

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Mohammed Elshamy, MD

  • Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine (Egypt)
  • Hometown: Port Said, Egypt
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: Mohammed was born in New Jersey, and moved to Egypt as a child, where he grew up in Port Said on the coast of the Mediterranean before moving to Cairo for medical school. After graduating, he returned to the United States for a research fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. When not at work, he enjoys soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.

Research: Monica Isabella
Monica Isabella, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Career Interest: General Surgery, Critical Care/Trauma
  • Bio: A true Clevelander - born and raised. Enjoys cooking, baking, photography, and spending time with the family.

Sami Judeeba
Sami Judeeba, MD

  • Medical School: King Abdul Aziz University (Saudi Arabia)
  • Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Career interest: My commitment is to improve myself to a high level of clinical, academic, and surgical proficiency.
  • Bio: After medical school, I had the chance to conduct translational research in the field of gastroenterology, with a focus on colonic disease in animal and human specimens. Now, I have joined the Cleveland Clinic with the goal of becoming a truly excellent surgeon.

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Olga Lavryk, MD

  • Medical School: National O. O. Bohomolets Medical University (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Hometown: Ukraine
  • Career interest: Abdominal and vascular surgery
  • Bio: Originally from Ukraine, Olga previously conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic. Her interests include skiing, tennis, piano, and literature.

Salvador Navarrete
Salvador Navarrete, MD

  • Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela Luis Razetti (Venezuela)
  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Foregut surgery
  • Bio: Sal previously trained in Venezuela “a long time ago”, where he met his wife. A father of two beautiful kids, Sal is a patient futbol fan and player.

Justin Philip
Justin Philip, MD

  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Foregut Surgery, Wound Healing/Tissue Engineering.
  • Bio: I enjoy watching and playing sports (especially hockey, soccer, snowboarding and running around Cleveland Hts). I also love to cook, hike and travel whenever I can.

Research: Andrew Strong
Andrew Strong, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Career interest: Flexible Endoscopy / Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Bio: Andrew previously completed two years of clinical research work with the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery/Surgical Endoscopy group at the Cleveland Clinic. When not at work, he might be found on a local hiking or running trail, sipping java or a brew at a local purveyor, or any of the summer street festivals.

Valery Vilchez
Valery Vilchez, MD

  • Medical School: Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela)
  • Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Career interest: Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery

PGY5

Paul Adenuga
Paul Adenuga, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona and Ogun, Nigeria)
  • Career interest: Plastic and Reconstructive surgery (fellowship at NYU Langone), Humanitarian surgery, Acting
  • Bio: I derive absolute joy from my family (including my 2 sons), friends, caring for patients, operating and acting.

Matthew Burstein
Matthew Burstein, MD

  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Coral Spring, Florida
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, University at Buffalo
  • Bio: When not in the hospital I spend my time building devices while my German Shepard gives me judgmental looks, questioning my poor use of limited warm weather. Always health conscious, Maryna has an apple handy for her coresidents.

Maryna Chumakova
Maryna Chumakova, MD

  • Medical School: The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Hometown: Orsha, Belarus
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in the small Eastern European country of Belarus, Maryna moved to the US at 16 to pursue her dreams of becoming a surgeon. When not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and their 2 beautiful children.

Jennifer Colvin
Jennifer Colvin, MD

  • Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Career interest: Plastics Surgery or Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Bio: I enjoy running and Crossfit. Other hobbies include Pinterest projects and DIY home projects. Of course, playing with my baby is my new favorite pastime.

Xiaoxi Feng
Xiaoxi Feng, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
  • Bio: Chelsea was born in Beijing, grew up in Cleveland, and indoctrinated as a Duke Blue Devil. She returned to Cleveland Clinic for medical school and training. She loves General Surgery and the field of bariatric surgery. She enjoys trying new foods and recipes, currently attempting homemade kimchi. Her favorite apple is the Honeycrisp, which is tastier when flown in from another location.

Ian Glenn
Ian Glenn, MD

  • Medical School: Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery
  • Bio: A Texas native who has been bouncing around the Midwest for the last decade. He loves exploring new coffee shops, traveling, and skiing. Lately, he spends his free time feeding his daughter her favorite food, apple sauce, and teaching her to love Texas Longhorns football.

Julia Muntean
Julia Muntean, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Meadville, PA
  • Career Interest: General Surgery
  • Bio: From small town USA, hoping to work in another small town USA. Her hobbies include cooking and hanging out with her two cats, Dixie and Duncan. She would also like to travel the world someday and engage in international surgical exchange and education. Julia’s pastimes include cooking (specializing in apple-based dishes), traveling, and hanging out with her fiancé, dog, and two cats.

Lisa Park
Lisa Park, MD

  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Hometown: Fullerton, California
  • Career Interest: Colorectal Surgery
  • Bio: Values family, friendship, and a good laugh more than anything. She enjoys finding new music, meeting new people, and basically everything related to apples.

Kaitlin Ritter
Kaitlin Ritter, MD

  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
  • Career interest: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Bio: Loves to bake, has an unhealthy obsession with sprinkles and Real Housewives of Anywhere. As admin chief, Kaitlin enjoys helping her coresidents find creative solutions to both apple and non-apple related issues.

Research

Alicia Adams
Alicia Adams, MD

  • Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
  • Hometown: Roseville, California
  • Career interest: Undecided
  • Research interest and institution: Colorectal surgery - Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: Alicia is a born-and-raised California girl who fell in love with the Cleveland Clinic at first sight. She currently resides in the Downtown/Playhouse Square area and loves all the amenities it has to offer. Outside of work she loves to eat, drink, and be merry.

Jordan Apfeld
Jordan Apfeld, MD

  • Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Signal Mountain, TN
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Health Outcomes Fellow, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Bio: Jordan has roots in the midwest, was raised in the South, brainwashed in the Northeast, is newly engaged out West, and Cleveland proud. His hobbies include starting new hobbies, running, disc golf, and all things music.

Reece DeHaan
Reece DeHaan, MD

  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Hometown: Kenosha, WI
  • Career interest: Colorectal or Minimally Invasive surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Colorectal Surgery - Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: Reece has spent the majority of his life living in Wisconsin and Illinois but is excited for the opportunity to explore northeast Ohio. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants as well as playing and watching sports (especially the Packers and Brewers).

Aldo Fafaj
Aldo Fafaj, MD

  • Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Career interest: Undecided
  • Research interest and institution: Abdominal wall hernias and reconstruction - Comprehensive Hernia Center, Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: I grew up in Tirana, Albania and came to US a junior in high school. My hobbies include photography and painting.

Alexander Gibbons
Alexander Gibbons, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Pediatric Surgery – Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Bio: Alex is a Baltimore native who came to Cleveland for medical school and liked it enough to stick around. He is the oldest of five children, and recently had one of his own: a daughter named Penelope. He enjoys reading, trivia, board games, video games, and running, but his favorite activity is spending time with his wife Erin and their baby daughter.

Michael Klingler
Michael Klingler, MD

  • Medical School: Michigan State University
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Career interest: Surgical Endoscopy, Minimally invasive, foregut, and bariatric surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Minimally invasive surgery, Surgical endoscopy - Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: Mike grew up in a family of four in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He lived in California and Michigan before moving to Ohio, and in his free time he enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cups.

Robert Naples
Robert Naples, DO

  • Medical School: Ohio University
  • Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Career interest: Endocrine Surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Surgical Education – Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: Rob, a triplet, and former collegiate football player, is a sports enthusiast, particularly football and basketball. His hobbies include cooking with his wife, hiking with their dog, and reading.

Danny Orabi
Danny Orabi, MD

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
  • Career interest: Hepatobiliary, Transplant
  • Research interest and institution:Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Cancer stem cells; Immunomodulation in HCC; Metabolomics; Microsurgery – Lerner Research Institute
  • Bio: Like to have fun and relax with family and friends. Interests include soccer, international law, and politics.

Breanna Perlmutter
Breanna Perlmutter, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Career interest: Trauma Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, advancing surgical care in developing countries.
  • Research interest and institution: Hepatobiliary surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction - Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Breanna loves spending her free time outdoors, whether at the beach or hiking in the mountains. She is also an avid cook and loves searching for great food. When time allows, she also greatly enjoys traveling abroad.

Jesse M. P. Rappaport
Jesse M. P. Rappaport, MD

  • Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Chester, NJ
  • Career interest: General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Global Surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Thoracic Surgery – Cleveland
  • Bio: I grew up in small town NJ with two older siblings. I received my undergraduate education in Fine Arts (drawing, painting, sculpting) and try to indulge my artistic side whenever possible.

Caleb Seavey
Caleb Seavey, MD

  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Research interest and institution: Mouse models of breast cancer and breast tumorigenesis - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Bio: Caleb is the youngest child of an English Professor and a Documentary Filmmaker. He is originally from Washington, DC and went to George Washington University for both undergrad and medical school. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Brian Rubin’s lab. In his spare time, his hobbies include woodworking and he is an avid jazz enthusiast.

Samuel Zolin
Samuel Zolin, MD

  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
  • Career interest: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Research interest and institution: Quality improvement and trauma outcomes – Cleveland Clinic/MetroHealth
  • Bio: I enjoy grilling/barbecuing, board games, outdoor activities, and spending time with my wife and our two cats.

Preliminary Residents

We are approved for 9 PGY-1 non-designated preliminary residents and 4 PGY-2 non-designated preliminary residents. We have a diverse group of preliminary residents including both US graduates and International Medical Graduates. Most of our non-designated preliminary residents continue onwards to complete an ACGME accredited program on a variety of specialties, including: General Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, PM&R, etc.

PGY1

  • Hemasat Alkhatib - Hashemite University Faculty of Medicine (Jordan)
  • Raha AlMarzooqi - United Arab Emirates College of Medicine (UAE)
  • Cesar Barros de Sousa - Federal University of Ceara Medical School (Brazil)
  • Bora Cengiz - Acibadem University School of Medicine (Turkey)
  • Clara Lai - University College London Medical School (England)
  • Anouva Kalra-Lall - Case Western University School of Medicine
  • Raja Rajamanickam - Madras Medical College (India)
  • Kirithiga Ramalingam - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education (India)
  • Rair Valero Carrion - University of Carabobo School of Medicine (Venezuela)

PGY2

  • Paul Karam – Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Lebanon)
  • Anish Bhat Padiadpu - Kasturba Medical College (India)
  • Muhammad Usman – Shifa College of Medicine (Pakistan)
  • Parth Rajguru - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alumni

Alumni

2019

Nicholas Bruns Pediatric Surgery Fellowship - Children’s Mercy Hospital
Jessica Ardila Gatas Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship - Stony Brook University
Colin Gause Pediatric Surgery Fellowship - Oregon Health and Science University
Charlotte Horne Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and MIS Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
George Karagkounis Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Marijan Koprivanac Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania
Maitham Moslim Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Fox Chase Cancer Center
Ahmed Nassar Abdominal Transplant Fellowship - Emory University
Antonios Sideris Thoracic Surgery Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Vorranadha Vacharathit Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship - Geisinger Medical Center

2018

Mohammad Abbass Colorectal Surgery Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Amelia Dorsey Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship - Stanford University
Emil Fernando Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship- Northwestern University
Ramona Ilie Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - Emory University
Daniel Joyce Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hari Keshava Thoracic Surgery Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Yitian Liu Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
S. Julie-Ann Lloyd Minimally Invasive and Metabolic Surgery Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh
Hideo Takahashi Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
JingLiang Yan Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2017

Anas Abdelazim Vascular Surgery Fellowship - University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Djurabek Babadjanov Vascular Surgery Fellowship - Eastern Virginia Medical Center
Julietta Chang Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Matthew Davis Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - Duke University
Kathryn Fong Vascular Surgery Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Adam Mace Thoracic Surgery Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Trang Nguyen Surgical Oncology Fellowship - John Wayne Cancer Institute
June Peng Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Jacob Petrosky Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - Geisinger Health System
David Reznick Endocrine Surgery Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic

2016

Avery Capone Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Harvard Plastic Surgery 
Matthew Dong Minimally Invasive Surgery – Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 
Priya Jadeja Breast Surgery – Columbia University Medical Center
Kelsey Larson Breast Surgical Oncology - Cleveland Clinic 
Michael Liu Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jay Mittal Surgical Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic 
Jeffrey Mino Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Rosebel Monteiro Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Naftali Presser Abdominal Organ Transplant – University of California, Los Angeles 
Jeh Yung Private Practice – Redlands, CA

2015

Naveen Balasundaram Vascular Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Osama Essa General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Alfredo Daniel Guerron Minimally Invasive Surgery – Duke University
Jesse Gutnik Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic (2015-2016)
Minimally Invasive Surgery - Duke University (2016-2017)
Billy Lan Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jose Lozada Trauma and Critical Care – Jackson Health System University of Miami
Neal Moores Plastic Surgery – University of Utah
Mihir Shah Minimally Invasive Surgery – Emory University
Sherief Shawki Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Subash Reddy Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of California, San Francisco Fresno

2014

Gavin Falk Pediatric Surgery – Miami Children's Health System
Ronald Charles Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Shohrat Annaberdyev Colorectal Surgery – Florida Hospital
Samir Shah Vascular Surgery – Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sofya Asfaw Trauma and Critical Care – University of Pennsylvania
Robert Cornateanu Trauma and Critical Care – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Joshua Nash Trauma and Critical Care – Cook County Health and Hospital System
Amy Hiuser Plastic Surgery – SUMMA Health System
Samilia Obeng-Gyasi Master in Public Health – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2014-2015) | Breast Surgery – Duke University (2015-2016)
Nishant Raj General Surgery Staff – Private Practice

2013

John Rodriguez Flexible Surgical Endoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Neil Kundu Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Omer Nasir Colorectal Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
Hue Thai Vascular Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
Jean Pierre Martucci Melo Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of Illinois Chicago
Isaac Motamarry Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of Florida
Viet Phuong Minimally Invasive Surgery – Carolinas Healthcare Sysem
Christian Cruz General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Samuel Ibrahim General Surgery Staff – Cleveland Clinic

2012

Vikram Attaluri Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jessica Titus Vascular Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Louisa Chiu Surgical Oncology – City of Hope Cancer Center
Sam Bae Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery – University of Southern California
Kevin Shah Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Duke University
Nicole Sydow Cardiothoracic Surgery – University of Arizona
Amit Sharma Colorectal Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Jose Roberto Ramirez Plastic Surgery – Vanderbilt Center of Plastic Surgery
Angel Farinas General Surgery Staff – Private Practice

2011

Kalman Bencsath Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Nakul Vakil Cardiothoracic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Michael Tsinberg Endocrine Surgery – University of California, San Francisco
George Cristescu General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Richy Lee Pediatric Surgery – University of Calgary
Aaron Moore Surgical Critical Care – University of Pittsburgh
John Bach Surgical Critical Care – Ohio State University
Kevin El-Hayek Surgical Endoscopy & Laparoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Alexander Chang Vascular Surgery – University Hospitals Case Medical Center

2010

Suzanne Brooks Breast Surgery – Massachusetts General Hospital
William Abouhassan Craniofacial Surgery & Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic & University of Cincinnati
Christian Massier General Surgery Staff – Cleveland Clinic
Justin Burdick General Surgery Staff – United States Navy
Sheetal Nijhawan Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgery – University of California, San Diego
David Lee Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
George Rofaiel Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery – University of Washington
Angelina Postoev Surgical Critical Care – Ohio State University
Max Liebl Vascular Surgery – Southern Illinois University

2009

Amara Malik Breast Surgery – University of California, San Francisco
Werner Andrade Ortiz Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – University of South Florida
Travis Mason General Surgery Staff – United States Army
Kara Schultz General Surgery Staff – United States Air Force
Mohammed Alghoul Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic

2008

Michael Johnson Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jason Klovning Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery – Emory University
Poornima Rao Surgical Oncology – Fox Chase Cancer Center
Sherif Abdel Misih Surgical Oncology – Ohio State University

2007

Kevin Rothchild Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – University of Colorado
Lewis Diulus General Surgery Staff – United States Navy
Matthew Kroh Surgical Endoscopy & Laparoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Ravi Rajani Vascular Surgery & Surgical Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic & Emory University

2006

Ikemma Okereke Cardiothoracic Surgery – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carolyn Garner Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Rich Mackey Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Peter Kreymerman Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Staff Surgeons

Staff Surgeons

Residency Program Leadership

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and General Surgery

Breast Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Colorectal Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Endocrine Surgery

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Surgical Oncology

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Surgery

Metabolic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Minimally Invasive and General Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Endoscopy

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Pediatric Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Vascular Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Trauma Surgery

MetroHealth

  • Laura Brown, MD, PhD
  • Jeffrey Claridge, MD
  • John Como, MD, MPH
  • Joseph Golob, MD
  • Vanessa Ho, MD
  • Chad Katona, MD
  • Anjay Khandelwal, MD
  • Laura Kreiner, MD
  • Nimitt Patel, MD
  • Esther Tseng, MD
  • Charles Yowler, MD
  • Peter Zmijewski, MD
Locations

Locations

Physicians at all locations are part of the Cleveland Clinic General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, or Colorectal Surgery Departments except for the MetroHealth Medical Center where the Level I trauma rotations are done.

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

  • Founded in 1921 by George Crile Sr., a general and endocrine surgeon; Frank Bunts, a neurosurgeon; William Lower, an urologist; and John Phillips, an internist.
  • 44 buildings, over 85 operating rooms, more than 1,400 beds.
  • Quaternary care center with an international referral base.
  • 202,190 Surgical Cases in 2013.

Fairview Hospital

  • Fairview Hospital is a busy community hospital and Level 2 Trauma Center on Cleveland’s west side. General Surgery Residents operate on all General, Colorectal, Breast, Endovascular, and Vascular Surgery cases and run the SICU and Trauma team.
  • 488 beds.
  • $83 million dollar expansion of emergency department and ICU in 2013.

Hillcrest Hospital

  • Hillcrest Hospital is a busy community hospital and Level 2 Trauma Center on Cleveland’s east side.
  • 496 beds.
  • $163 million dollar expansion and renovation in 2010.

Metro Health Medical Center

  • MetroHealth Medical Center is an academic health system, the regional Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, and the regional safety net hospital on Cleveland’s south side.
  • MetroHealth Medical Center’s staff surgeons are all professors at Case Western Reserve University Medical School.
  • The Trauma Service has two teams, one run by a Cleveland Clinic General Surgery PGY-4 resident and the other run by a University Hospitals Case Medical Center General Surgery PGY-4 resident. The Trauma ICU is run by one PGY-2 resident from the Cleveland Clinic and one PGY-2 from University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Beachwood, Strongsville, Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Centers

  • Beachwood, Strongsville, Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Centers are ambulatory surgery centers staffed by Cleveland Clinic main campus, Hillcrest and Fairview surgeons. Residents perform endoscopy and operate on General and Breast Surgery cases in a fast track surgery environment.
Applications & FAQs

Applications & FAQs

Residency Applications

We are approved for 10 categorical residents per year for five clinical years. A varying number of our categorical residents take additional dedicated time for research or professional development. Additionally, we are approved for 9 PGY-1 non-designated preliminary residents and 4 PGY-2 non-designated preliminary residents.

We are looking for outstanding individuals to immerse in a high-volume surgical environment that offers high-quality, scientifically-advanced care in an economically savvy environment. We seek the most promising surgeons, as demonstrated by leadership abilities, academic productivity, knowledge base, and positive personal qualities among applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Cleveland Clinic has minimum requirements for resident application, all of which are required in the standard ERAS application. We have no secondary application form. Applications are reviewed and a selected group is offered on-site interviews.

NRMP program codes:

Categorical General Surgery 1968440C0
Non-Designated Preliminary Surgery 1968440P0

Interviews are held between October and January. Interview dinner is held the night before the interview to give a chance to the interviewees to talk to current residents and learn about the program. Interview day starts at 7 a.m. and are done after lunch.

Residents are Cleveland Clinic employees with standardized salaries and other benefits.

Visiting Resident Application

Thank you for your interest in rotating with the Department of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

All applications must be submitted by April 15 to assure placement in the coming academic year.

Please complete the following form to apply for a spot as a visiting resident:

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate all requests. Final rotation dates will only be provided by our office. Please direct any questions to Janine Keough (keoughj@ccf.org).

Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you.

For additional GME information, please visit our Graduate Medical Information website.

FAQs

Where do the residents live?
Fortunately, Cleveland is very affordable on a resident’s salary. About half of the residents own a house or condo. Most live on the east side, in nearby neighborhoods such as Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, or Beachwood. The downtown area is also popular for apartments living. Fewer residents live in the west side by Westlake.

Please visit the GME website for more information about living in Cleveland.

How is life outside of work in Cleveland?
The camaraderie among residents is encouraged by the program with different social activities from early in the year. The general surgery program prides itself in building a community, not just a group of co-workers. The intern welcome picnic, annual holiday party, and graduation are all events sponsored by the program, with all residents, staff, and their families welcome. The House Staff Association organizes several events throughout the year to promote well-being and camaraderie among residents of different specialties. Some events are also in association with the residents of other institutions. The most popular events include the Halloween Party, Holiday Party and St. Patrick’s Day Party.

What opportunities are at Cleveland Clinic for the resident's significant other?
Cleveland Clinic is the largest private employer in Northeast Ohio with over 39,000 employees. We have myriad training programs for physicians, biomedical researchers, and employment opportunities for physicians, researchers, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, allied health professionals, business professionals, information technology professionals, and other fields.

The House Staff Spouse Association is a social and support organization for the spouses and significant others of residents.

Contact

Contact

General Surgery Residency

Janine Keough
Administrator
216.444.2009
Fax: 216.445.7653
keoughj@ccf.org

Lisa Paciorek Donkin
Residency Coordinator
216.444.1754
paciorl@ccf.org

Jennifer Mocsiran
Residency Coordinator
Medical Student Surgical Education Coordinator
216.636.9297
mocsirj@ccf.org

Graduate Medical Education

Main Office
216.444.5690
1.800.323.9259
Fax: 216.444.6112

Cleveland Clinic Operator

216.444.2200