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.


Jeremy Lipman, MD
Jeremy Lipman, MD, 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

Tony Capizzani, MD, FACS
Tony Capizzani, MD, FACS
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

Judith French, PhD
Judith French, PhD
Surgical Educator

Diya Alaedeen, MD
Diya Alaedeen, MD
Site Director, Fairview Hospital, General Surgery Residency

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

Robyn Stewart, MD
Robyn Stewart, MD
Medical Student Education Director, Surgery Clerkship

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.


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, and endovascular surgery simulators, in addition to being a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery training and testing site. Residents have 24 hours 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. This format allows all team members operate in skill appropriate cases, providing longitudinal care of patients, and dedicate time to research projects, leadership positions, and knowledge base development. When not on night-float, junior residents typically take call two weekends per month and senior residents take call about once a week. We adhere to the ACGME work hour regulations including 80-hour work week and average of one day off per week averaged over the month.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Each week the chief residents electronically report cases for the M&M conference. The conference faculty moderator selects 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 M&M conference.

Grand Rounds

These hour seminars, teaching rounds, and lunch discussions are given by invited faculty and visitors. These presentations are aimed to faculty and residents to promote surgical learning. Presentations are on a broad range of topics, including clinical topic updates, world health, surgical history, etc.

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 PGY-1 General Surgery residents, Integrated Vascular, Cardio Thoracic and Plastics Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic, ENT, and Non-Designated Preliminary Surgery residents. There is a different set of rotations across the subspecialties for each resident group designed to meet the learning needs of each specialty.

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 Plastics Surgery residents have a year long curriculum with weekly reading topics and didactic seminars. Chairman’s rounds also occurs during this time once a month.

PGY-2-PGY-5 Conference

Every Wednesday after M&M conference, all PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents attend a three hour educational conference involving lectures by staff, case presentations by a senior resident, and journal articles presented by junior residents. The curriculum for this conference takes place on a two-year revolving schedule based on the SCORE curriculum. 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. This time may be used for additional exposure to one of the core rotations at the main campus or community hospitals. Alternatively, this time may be used to pursue other interests including cardiac surgery, plastic surgery or kidney and pancreas transplant. 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

Sample Rotations

PGY-1 (4 weeks)

Acute Care Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Night Float
Colorectal Surgery
Bariatric 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)

Acute Care Surgery
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Breast Surgery
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview ICU
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
Fairview Vascular
Hillcrest General Surgery
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Intestinal Transplant
Main Campus CVICU or SICU
Metro Trauma/ICU
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Plastic Surgery

PGY-3 (5 weeks)

Acute Care Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Night Float*
Bariatric Surgery*
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Breast Surgery
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Hillcrest General Surgery
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery*

PGY-4 (5 weeks)

Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy*
Endocrine Surgery*
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Liver Transplant*
Metro Trauma*
Thoracic Surgery
Vascular Surgery*

PGY-5 (5 weeks)

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


Surgical Teams

Main Campus

Rotation Team
Henderson (Surgical Oncology) PGY5, PGY2
Hermann (HPB/Surgical Oncology) PGY5, PGY4, PGY1
Esselstyn/G. Crile (Endocrine) PGY4, PGY1
Steiger (MIS/Hernia) PGY5, PGY2
Grundfest (MIS/Hernia) PGY5, PGY3, PGY1
Hoerr (MIS/Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy) PGY4, PGY3, PGY2/1
Team V-Bariatrics PGY3, PGY2
Acute Care Surgery-Days PGY5, PGY3, 2x-PGY1
Acute Care Surgery Nights PGY3, 3x-PGY1
Firor (Pediatric Surgery) PGY3, 2x-PGY1
B. Crile (Breast) PGY3, PGY2
Fung (Liver Transplant) PGY4, PGY1
Multivisceral Transplant PGY2

Regional Hospital Teams

Rotation Team
Hillcrest (General Surgery) PGY5, PGY3, 2x-PGY2, PGY1
Fairview Red (Vascular) PGY5, PGY2, PGY1
Fairview Blue
Fairview Green (General Surgery/Trauma) PGY5, PGY4, PGY2, PGY1
Fairview SICU PGY2




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


Jordan Apfeld

Jordan Apfeld, MD

  • Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Signal Mountain, TN
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • 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.

Pedram Aram

Pedram Aram, MD

  • Medical School: Islamic Azad University Medical Branch of Tehran
  • Hometown: Tehran, Iran
  • Career interest: Hepato-biliary and Transplant surgery
  • Bio: I did a four year General Surgery residency back home, but I knew my desire for knowledge required training in the US. This led me to take a research fellowship for two years, followed by a two -year Clinical Transplant fellowship. Now I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this outstanding training program.

Sarah Choi

Sarah Choi, MD

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • 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.

Reece DeHaan

Reece DeHaan, MD

  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Hometown: Kenosha, WI
  • Career interest: Colorectal or Minimally Invasive surgery
  • 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).

Michael Klingler

Michael Klingler, MD

  • Medical School: Michigan State University
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Career interest: Hepatobiliary surgery
  • 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.

Salvador Navarrete

Salvador Navarrete, MD

  • Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela Luis Razetti (Venezuela)
  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatrics
  • Bio: I did residency in Venezuela a long time ago, where I met my wife. Father of two beautiful kids. Soccer fan.

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.
  • 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
  • Bio: Jesse is the youngest of three children and son to a psychologist and professor of education. He was a Fine Arts major in college, with a focus in both drawing and painting.

Caleb Seavey

Caleb Seavey, MD

  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Career interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Bio: Caleb is the youngest child of an English Professor and a Documentary Filmmaker. In his spare time, his hobbies include woodworking and he is an avid jazz enthusiast.

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.


Alicia Adams

Alicia Adams, MD

  • Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
  • Hometown: Roseville, California
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Bio: Alicia is a born and raised Northern Californian who is loving her new midwestern home in Cleveland. Hobbies include eating, anything involving the beach or ocean, and being with friends and family.

Bess Connors

Bess Connors, MD

  • Medical School: University of Michigan
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Career interest: General Surgery
  • 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.

Aldo Fafaj

Aldo Fafaj, MD

  • Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton, PA)
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Bio: I grew up in Albania and came to US during 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
  • Bio: My hobbies include board games, reading, video games, running, trivia.

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 proficient surgeon.
  • Bio: After my medical school, I had the chance to do a translational research projects in the field of gastroenterology with more focus on colon that involves animal and human specimens. Now, I joined Cleveland Clinic gaining more experience and taking a significant step toward my goal of becoming a truly excellent surgeon.

Robert Naples

Robert Naples, DO

  • Medical School: Ohio University
  • Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Career interest: Endocrine Surgery
  • 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: HPB, Trauma Critical Care, and everything else
  • Bio: Like to have fun and relax with family and friends. Interests include soccer, international law, and politics.

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. Mostly though I love watching episodes of Archer and The League.

Valery Vilchez

Valery Vilchez, MD

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

Samuel Zolin

Samuel Zolin, MD

  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
  • Career interest: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Bio: Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors, doing projects around our house, and spending time with my wife and our two cats.


Paul Adenuga

Paul Adenuga, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona (born Nigeria)
  • Career interest: Abdominal wall reconstruction, reconstructive and restorative surgery
  • Bio: I have trained on and off over the past 5-years as an actor and in an alternate universe, I'll be a stage and screen actor, and I certainly see myself on some stage or screen in the not too distant future. In the meantime, I'm over the moon about the birth of my first boy!

Matthew Burstein

Matthew Burstein, MD

  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Coral Spring, Florida
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: When not in the hospital I spend my time building devices while my 12-year-old labrador retriever gives me judgmental looks, questioning my poor use of warm weather.

Deepa Cherla

Deepa Cherla, MD

  • Medical School: UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
  • Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
  • Career interest: General Surgery
  • Bio: My favorite TV shows are the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. During an undergrad study abroad experience in Cape Town, South Africa, I taught biology at a nearby elementary school.

Maryna Chumakova

Maryna Chumakova, MD

  • Medical School: The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Hometown: Orsha, Belarus
  • Career interest: Vascular Surgery
  • Bio: Born and raised in a small Eastern-European country called Belarus, moved to the US at 16 to pursue my dreams of becoming a surgeon. I had a baby boy during the 2nd year of residency which has been the best part of my life. PS: I have a black belt in karate.

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 newborn baby is my new favorite pastime.

Xiaoxi Feng

Xiaoxi Feng, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Career interest: General Surgery
  • Bio: Chelsea was born in Beijing, grew up around Cleveland, indoctrinated as a Duke Blue Devil, and she returned to Cleveland Clinic for medical school and training. She loves General Surgery and is as of yet undecided about subspecialties. She enjoys trying new foods and recipes, currently attempting homemade kimchi.

Ian Glenn

Ian Glenn, MD

  • Medical School: Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Bio: I love to travel, go snowboarding and skiing, and watch football. I also enjoy beer, wine, and cooking.

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.

Lisa Park

Lisa Park, MD

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

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.


Jessica Ardila Gatas

Jessica Ardila Gatas, MD

  • Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela Luis Razetti (Venezuela)
  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Surgical Endoscopy
  • Bio: With a veterinarian dad and an actress mom, I grew up between stables and theater stages, but it was the influence of my surgeon grandparents that made me fall in love with medicine. Love to spend time outside, especially under the sun and laying in the beach, love to discover new places and travel the world, but more than anything spending time with my family and friends.

Nicholas Bruns

Nicholas Bruns, MD

  • Medical School: Rush Medical College
  • Hometown: Carmel, IN
  • Career interest: Pediatric surgery
  • Bio: Beyond surgery, Nick's interests include traveling, hiking, endurance sports, the Indianapolis Colts, crossword puzzles, and spending time with his wife and pup.

Colin Gause

Colin Gause, MD

  • Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Career interest: Pediatric Surgery
  • Bio: Born in Georgia, raised in Maryland. Terps fan. Passionate about Pediatric Surgery.

Charlotte Horne

Charlotte Horne, MD

  • Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (Grand Cayman)
  • Hometown: Edmonton Alberta Canada
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Bio: I enjoy running and scuba diving

Georgios Karagkounis

Georgios Karagkounis, MD

  • Medical School: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine (Greece)
  • Hometown: Athens, Greece
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology
  • Bio: Born and raised in Athens, Greece, George also lived and studied in the Netherlands and Spain before moving to the US. He loves traveling, soccer and outdoor grilling, though nowadays he spends most of his free time wrapped around his baby daughter's finger.

Marijan Koprivanac

Marijan Koprivanac, MD

  • Medical School: University of Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Career interest: Cardiac Surgery

Maitham Moslim

Maitham Moslim, MD

  • Medical School: University of Damascus (Syria)
  • Hometown: Karbala, Iraq
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Bio: Enjoys spending time with family and friends

Ahmed Nassar

Ahmed Nassar, MD

  • Medical School: University of Alexandria (Egypt)
  • Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt / Ames, IA
  • Career interest: Abdominal Organ Transplantation
  • Bio: Born in Iowa while his dad was getting his PhD at Iowa State University, grew up in Iowa and Egypt. Interested in travelling, Trying to stay outdoors as much as possible. No specific hobbies but working on finding one!

Antonios Sideris

Antonios Sideris, MD

  • Medical School: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine (Greece)
  • Hometown: Athens, Greece
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery, clinical and basic science research
  • Bio: The son of two orthodontists, Antonios grew up dreaming of becoming a Cardiac Surgeon. He speaks four languages and loves to travel the world, discover new tastes, and explore art and classical music. He plays the guitar and loves skiing.

Voranaddha Vacharathit

Voranaddha Vacharathit, MD

  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Career interest: General Surgery
  • Bio: Daughter of a diplomat and a professor of French literature, Bim grew up in many different countries including Thailand, Laos, France, and Switzerland. Her hobbies include clay sculpture and cooking.


Mohammad Ali Abbass - Administrative Chief

Mohammad Ali Abbass, MD - Administrative Chief

  • Medical School: University of Damascus (Syria)
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Career interest: Colorectal Surgery
  • Bio: When I am not at work, you will certainly find me spending time with my family and playing outdoors with my two energetic and adventurous toddlers. I also enjoy vacationing on the beach in sunny California.

Amelia Dorsey

Amelia Dorsey, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric and Surgical Endoscopy
  • Bio: Daughter of a social worker and civil engineer I was born and raised in Cleveland. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart. I'm a former 4 sport varsity athlete in volleyball, softball, basketball, and softball. I also enjoy a variety of hobbies including: hiking, riding my motorcycle, baking, traveling, and SCUBA diving.

Emil Fernando

Emil Fernando, MD

  • Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Career interest: Breast surgical oncology and general surgery
  • Bio: Always a native Chicagoan at heart, I enjoy time with my wife and daughter, along with playing music and watching film/theatre, when not at work. I'm also quite fond of cats and BMWs.

Ramona Ilie

Ramona Ilie, MD

  • Medical School: Universitatea de Medicina Si Farmacie Carol Davila (Romania)
  • Hometown: Slobozia, Ialomita - Romania
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Bio: Moved in US after graduation, lived in Florida and worked in hospitality while taking the boards. Hobbies: biking in the Cleveland Metro Parks, skiing and fishing.

Daniel Joyce - Administrative Chief

Daniel Joyce, MD - Administrative Chief

  • Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland)
  • Hometown: Galway, Ireland
  • Career interest: Surgical Oncology

Hari Keshava

Hari Keshava, MD

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Northridge, California
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery
  • Bio: Outside of the hospital, I am an avid marathon runner, and I am a college football fanatic. Fight On and Go USC Trojans!

Yitian Liu

Yitian Liu, MD

  • Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Hometown: Queens, New York
  • Career interest: Surgical Breast Oncology
  • Bio: I love taking advantage of all the opportunities to enjoy the arts and culture in Cleveland, including the world-class orchestra, sports teams, museums and shows.

S. Julie-Ann Lloyd

S. Julie-Ann Lloyd, MD

  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Hideo Takahashi

Hideo Takahashi, MD

  • Medical School: Kobe University (Japan)
  • Hometown: Kobe, Japan
  • Career interest: Surgical oncology
  • Bio: I am grateful of being part of this amazing program with plenty of clinical and research opportunities.

Jingliang Yan

Jingliang Yan, MD

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Shanghai, China
  • Career interest: Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Bio: About myself: Born and raised in Shanghai, the biggest city in China, I came to this country 14 years ago. It wasn't easy transitioning to a life in the midwest, however I survived. I met my wife who is my co-resident here during my intern year, and now we are expecting our first child.


Research: Dominykas Burneikis

Dominykas Burneikis, MD

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Research line: Surgical Outcomes Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
  • 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
  • Research line: Surgical Outcomes Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
  • Career interest: general surgery, research in quality improvement, surgical education
  • Bio: She spends her free time baking, running with her dog, and taking in the outdoors. She loves skiing and snowshoeing in Colorado as well as biking, hiking and foraging for mushrooms with her husband.

Research: Monica Isabella

Monica Isabella, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Research line: Vascular Surgery Research, Cleveland Clinic

Research: Joshua Landreneau

Joshua Landreneau, MD

  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Career interest: Surgical Endoscopy / Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Research line: Minimally Invasive and Surgical Endoscopy Clinical Research, Cleveland Clinic

Research: Andrew Strong

Andrew Strong, MD

  • Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Career interest: Surgical Endoscopy / Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic
  • Research line: Minimally Invasive and Surgical Endoscopy Clinical Research, Cleveland Clinic
  • Bio: When not at work he might be found eating in any number of local restaurants, sipping java at a local coffee shop, running, or training his dog to chase away the bears living in Cleveland Heights (hasn’t seen one since getting dog)

Research: Andrew Tang

Andrew Tang, MD

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • Hometown: Plano, Texas
  • Career interest: Thoracic Surgery
  • Research line: Thoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
  • 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.

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, PMNR, etc.


  • Rami Aoun, MD – American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Jaya Chavali, MD – Siddhartha Medical College (India)
  • Alexandra Ferre, MD  – Universidad Central Venezuela Escuela Luis Razetti (Venezuela)
  • Oliver Furusato, MD – University of Wisconsin
  • Maysoon Gamaleldin, MD  – Dubai Medical College (United Arab Emirates)
  • Sahned Jaafar, MD  – University of Dohuk (Iraq)
  • Davit Kocharyan, MD – Yerevan State (Armenia)
  • Sue Lim, MD  – Krishna Institute (India)
  • Yaning Zhang, MD  – Shantou University (China)


  • Cigdem Benlice, MD  – Istanbul Universitesi (Turkey)
  • Kevin Brown, MD  – American University of Antigua
  • Mohammed Elshamy, MD  – Ain Shams University (Egypt)
  • Olga Lavryk, MD  – National Medical University (Ukraine)


Congratulations to our 2017 graduating residents on their fellowships and staff placements


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 / General Surgery

Breast Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Colorectal Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Endocrine Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Surgical Oncology

Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Surgery

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Minimally Invasive and General Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Pediatric Surgery

Surgical Endoscopy

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Vascular Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

  • Eduardo Corso, MD
  • Basem Droubi, MD
  • Daniel McLaughlin, MD
  • 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 productiveness, knowledge base, and positive personal qualities among applicants from diverse backgrounds.

    Cleveland Clinic has minimum requirements for resident application and employment, 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.

    Available Fellowships

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


    Where do the residents live?
    Cleveland’s housing is an advantage of the city since it is very affordable with 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 or Beachwood. The downtown area is also popular for apartments living. Fewer residents live in the west side by Westlake.

    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 interns welcome picnic, the Holiday party and Graduation are all events sponsored by the program where all the residents and staff with their families are 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. Some of 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.



    General Surgery Residency

    Janine Keough
    Fax: 216.445.7653

    Lisa Paciorek Donkin
    Residency Coordinator

    Jennifer Mocsiran
    Residency Coordinator
    Medical Student Surgical Education Coordinator

    Graduate Medical Education

    Main Office
    Fax: 216.444.6112

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