BronxCare’s Department of Surgery is at the forefront of advancing technology. Under the leadership of Dr. Ajay Shah, Acting Chairman, this department has continued to recruit highly trained surgeons with an expertise in minimally invasive-laparoscopic, robotic, breast, pediatric, and thoracic surgery, as well as colorectal-surgical oncology. “These surgeons bring the highest caliber of knowledge, and their proven experience, clearly helping our patients and the community,” stated Dr. Shah. At BronxCare, a full range of general and subspecialty surgical services – gastrointestinal, bariatric, surgical oncology, breast, endocrine, thoracic, vascular, urology, trauma, and critical care are provided. Advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, as well as reconstructive, plastic, and cosmetic procedures are also available. Additionally, a comprehensive Breast Care Center and Wound Care Center were implemented in response to the needs of the community.
Surgical Oncology is integrated with Gastrointestinal Surgery to address the high incidence of cancer in the community. It is staffed by a well-trained surgical oncologist, Dr. Matthew Furman, and other surgical attendees. Additionally, the Gastroenterology team, of Oncologists, Radiologists, Pathologists, and Nurses collaborate to provide the highest level of care using advanced techniques, including robotic and laparoscopic methods. “As a result, excellent and comprehensive services are provided to our patients,” stated Dr. Shah.
The Breast Care Center, under the direction of Dr. Shah, provides a comprehensive approach for breast disorders, especially cancer. It represents an important step in alleviating the enigma for those in the community suffering from breast cancer. Cancer treatment options include surgery; chemo, hormone, and radiation therapies; and reconstructive surgery. Surgeons, Radiologists, Oncologists, Pathologists, Nurses, and Social Workers are part of an expert team that understands the needs of women in the Bronx community.
For morbidly obese patients, Bariatric Surgery is performed by a well-trained surgeon, Dr. Venkata Kella. “We are striving to obtain a Bariatric Center of Excellence through a multidisciplinary approach, which incorporates education, nutrition, exercise, sleep disorder evaluation, and surgery,” stated Dr. Shah. The highest level of care, using the most advanced technology, is offered and excellent outcomes are being achieved.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Susan Chung, is performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to improve appearance, as well as repair injuries and correct deformities. Dr. Chung also provides care to bariatric patients needing reconstructive surgery after weight reduction surgery, as well as breast cancer patients with mastectomies.
Thoracic Surgery is being performed at the highest level by Dr. Joshua Burack, a board certified thoracic surgeon. Dr. Burack has incorporated a minimally invasive approach for a variety of chest disorders, such as lung cancer.
The Wound Care Center was developed to provide comprehensive care for chronic, disabling, non-healing, and painful wounds. It is staffed by Dr. Hanasoge Girishkumar and Dr. Andrea Hendrzak, widely acknowledged for their expertise in the field. Non-invasive vascular laboratory services are also most important in the diagnosis and management of vascular diseases. Care for arterial and venous disorders, including advanced minimally invasive endovascular techniques and laser surgery, are also utilized, which has enabled patients to return to normal activities as early as possible.
The Urology team, under the leadership of Dr. Joseph Silletti, is an integral part of the Department of Surgery, providing comprehensive care for problems involving the kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, prostate, testes, and adrenal glands. Minimally invasive robotic and laser technology are used to treat a wide variety of urologic conditions, such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and kidney stones. “Our experience and expertise provides the highest level of care to the community,” stated Dr. Silletti.
“The overriding goal of surgical excellence, with an important emphasis on addressing health care issues that impact the Bronx community, is being achieved by the Department of Surgery, and that is a source of great satisfaction to our team.”