Arrow Down


Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) General Surgery Residency Training Program. These two historic institutions have been formally affiliated since 1875, and although various residency programs in medical specialties have arisen within this institutional partnership in the distant past, a shared General Surgery Program with MHC has not been a primary part of the medical school affiliation, until now.

As the Program Director of the first new General Surgery training program in New York City in over 50 years, I am humbled by the task of building this new program. Having begun the residency program in 2012, we are currently progressing through our eighth year, and in my opinion have developed an outstanding program. We have recruited excellent residents through the NRMP Match since 2013. After initial accreditation in 2012, our program received continued ACGME approval from our site visit in 2015, and permission for expansion in 2020.

With over 45 years of experience in training Surgical Residents, I feel very well-qualified to organize and lead this program. In my opinion, training Surgical Residents is an honor and a privilege, and is one of the great passions in my academic career. To date, I have trained approximately 140 chief residents in Surgery, and approximately forty percent of these residents are in academic surgery and thirty percent of these residents were women. In fact, I am very proud of each and every resident that I have graduated from the program. Moreover, I am very confident this new program will produce the same quality of excellent surgeons as we have been able to in my previous programs, for either Rural Surgery practice, General Surgery, and/or any of the surgical sub-specialties.

Please take a moment to read about our program and partner institutions in detail. Likewise, we look forward to reading your applications and learning more about you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our residency program, about the field of General Surgery, or about living in New York City.

I very much look forward to meeting you

during our interview dates.


Marc K. Wallack, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief of Surgery and Residency Program Director 
New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital Center
General Surgery Residency Training Program


(Hover or to see more)


New York, NY


 - General Sugery

 - Pediatric Surgery

 - Surgical Intensive Care


New York, NY


 - Gastrointestinal / Mixed Stromal Cell Surgical Oncology

 - Colorectal Surgery

 - Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery

 - Pediatric Surgical Oncology


Bay Shore, NY


 - Acute Care / General Surgery

 - Subspecialty Surgery Services

 - Vascular / Thoracic Surgery

 - Surgical Intensive Care / Critical Care Surgery


Valhalla, NY


 - Liver Transplantation

 - Kidney Transplantation



The New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital Center General Surgery Residency Program is committed to the surgical education of its residents. In addition to weekly educational conferences at each participating institution dedicated to residents currently rotating there, our residents converge monthly at Metropolitan Hospital with faculty members on Academic "Mega Wednesday" mornings for three-hour sessions of departmental academic conferences. These hours are protected time for the residents: physician assistants and covering house-physicians at the participating hospitals hold the floor pagers to manage non-urgent matters.

The first hour of Academic Wednesday is Morbidity and Mortality conference, where a senior resident presents a recent case involving an associated complication or suboptimal outcome. As in other institutions, this conference is essential for the advancement and betterment of surgical care by the Department of Surgery.

The second hour is Grand Rounds. The format of discussion is different for each week of the month: Clinical Pathology, Tumor Board, Journal Club, and an honorary Guest Lectures are presented on a rotating basis each week. Clinical Pathology and Tumor Board are interdepartmental conferences dedicated to fascinating recent cases where a team-oriented approach to care has led to an unusual diagnosis. Joining our Department of Surgery are the Departments of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, and others involved in the particular case being presented. Journal Club is a discussion on timely articles in the surgical literature, often ones selected at the early "online publishing" phase prior to paper press release. Notable Surgeons from outside institutions are invited for Guest Lectures to share their expertise in new surgical developments.

The third hour of Academic Wednesday is split into two thirty-minute lectures presented by residents to their colleagues and medical students: the first dedicated to basic science and the second dedicated to clinical science. The lectures present material in Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery, and the SCORE surgical curriculum. This curriculum is intended to form our residents into knowledgeable surgeons, and completes a cover-to-cover survey of standard surgical knowledge and new developments in evidence-based surgical management.

The above weekly academic conferences will help shape our surgical residents into well-rounded and knowledgeable surgeons, maximizing their chances of ACS Board approval and preparing them for the rapid advances in surgical technology and techniques seen today.




Dimitra Lotakis

University of Washington 

School of Medicine

Rural Surgery Clinical Fellowship

Luis Rivera-Sanchez

Ponce School of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine PostvDoctoral Research Fellowship

Kaspar Trocha

Poznan University, Poland

Harvard - Longwood Post Doctoral Research Fellowship


Shan Huang

New York Medical College

School of Medicine

Giovanni Ramos

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine

Jillian Taguchi

St. George's University 

School of Medicine


Michelle Chung

Western University of

Health Sciences

Zihan Dong

Tufts University 

School of Medicine

James Greenwood

University of Miami

School of Medicine

Eric Maldonado

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine

José Reyes Pérez

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine


Janet Alvarez

Rutgers New Jersey

Medical School

Jaime Huertas

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine

Adana Campbell

St. George's University 

School of Medicine

Donovan Hui

Chicago Medical School at Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Stephen Em

University of Massachusetts 

Medical School

Karen Placeres

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine

Felix del Rio

Univ. Central del Caribe 

School of Medicine

Ahmed Sadek

Medical College of Wisconsin

Victor S. Alemany

Universidad Complutense

de Madrid


Margaret Gallagher 

Medical College of Wisconsin

Ariel Figueroa

New York Medical College

Alexandra Maria Gustavson

Georgetown University

School of Medicine

David Allen Lieb

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

Nicolas Angel Fuentes

Universidad del Desarrollo, Sede Santiago, Chile

Cristoffer Andree

Rivera Ortiz

Ponce Health Sciences University of Medicine, Puerto Rico

Lakshana Senthilkumar

Drexel University College of Medicine


George Alyateem

University of North Carolina 

School of Medicine

NIH: National Cancer Institute

Bethesda, MD

Research Focus: Surgical Oncology

Jared Theriot

Louisiana State University 

School of Medicine

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY

Research Focus: Head & Neck Surgical Oncology

Vivian Wang

Boston University 

School of Medicine

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Boston, MA

Research Focus: Surgical Oncology

Catherine Coverley

University of Arizona

College of Medicine

Juliana Muchinyi

 Creighton University

School of Medicine

Queens Hospital Center, New York Clinical Fellowship



Michelle Abghari, MD

Specialty: Breast Surgery

Fellowship: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

David Phillibert, MD

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Health System, Miami, Florida

Cristian D. Valenzuela, MD

Specialty: Complex General Surgical Oncology

Fellowship: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, North Carolina


Ana Machado Hopkins, MD

Specialty: Colorectal Surgery

Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Clinic at Orlando Health, Florida

Joseph Nabil Riad, MD

Specialty: Colorectal Surgery

Fellowship: Mount Carmel Health, Columbus, Ohio

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Cynthia Payne, MD

Position: Rural General Surgery

Hospital: Ascension St. Joseph's Hospital, Central Michigan University


Tina Joseph, MD

Position: Private Surgical Practice

Location: Long Island, New York

Avik Karmaker, MD

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Fellowship: Jackson South Medical Center, Florida

Monty Littlejohn, MD

Specialty: Critical Care Surgery

Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Jersey


Warqaa Akram, MD

Specialty: Colorectal Surgery

Fellowship: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Michigan

Juan Carlos Geronimo, MD

Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Fellowship: Albany Medical Center, New York

Amit Khithani, MD

Specialty: Complex General Surgical Oncology; Hepatobiliary Surgery

Fellowship: City of Hope National Medical Center, California (CGSO)

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Ohio (HPB)


Ibrahim Azer, MD

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Fellowship: Richmond University Medical Center, New York

Luis Cerda, MD

Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center, New York

Todd Jones, MD

Position: Faculty Surgeon

Hospital: Good Shepherd Medical Center, Oregon


Carlos Rivera, MD

Specialty: Vascular Surgery

Fellowship: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, New Jersey

Ranjith Krishnankutty, MD

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania

Nadeem Quazi, MD

Specialty: Laparoscopic Surgery

Fellowship: Westchester Medical Center, New York


  • Match information:

    • Participating in the NRMP (National Residency Match Program)

    • NRMP Program Identifier: 4403500438

    • Accepting applications through ERAS for July 1st, 2021 start date

    • ERAS application submission opens September 1, 2020

    • Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2020

  • Interview Dates:

    • Categorical positions interview dates: To Be Announced.

    • Preliminary positions interview date: To Be Announced.

    • Interviews are offered only to selected candidates

    • Any candidate invited should respond as soon as possible since slots fill up quickly

  • Program size:

    • PGY-1: 4 Categorical residents, 6 preliminary residents

    • PGY-2: 4 Categorical residents, 3 preliminary residents

    • PGY-3: 4 Categorical residents

    • PGY-4: 4 Categorical residents

    • PGY-5: 4 Categorical residents

(Residents are encouraged to take research fellowship years)

  • Requirements:

    • Current student or graduate of Allopathic Medical School approved by the LCME

    • Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) must have a valid certificate from the ECFMG
      and/or a full license to practice medicine in New York State

    • Completed ERAS application

    • Curriculum Vitae (Through ERAS)

    • Personal Statement (Through ERAS)

    • Three Letters of Recommendation (Through ERAS)

    • USMLE board scores: Step I, Step II CS and CK required

    • Official Medical School Transcript (Through ERAS)

    • Medical Student Performance Evaluation "Dean's Letter" (Through ERAS)




For any inquiries or questions please contact:

Theresa Garcia

Residency Program Coordinator

Office: 212-423-6058

Fax: 212-423-7913


Residency Program Director

  • Marc Wallack, MD, FACS

  • Office: 212-423-6614

Deputy Chief of Surgery, Metropolitan Hospital

  • John Degliuomini, MD

  • Office: 212-423-6058


Site Program Director: Southside Hospital

  • John Davis, MD

  • Office: 631-968-3895

Site Program Director: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

  • Michael I. D'Angelica, MD, FACS

  • Office: 646-497-9070