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Surgery Residency | Faculty

Anthony J. Tortolani, M.D.

Chairman, Department of Surgery
New York Methodist Hospital



Dr. Anthony J. Tortolani, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital, is a leading cardiothoracic surgeon with extensive practice in the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the heart and chest cavity including coronary bypass surgery and valvular heart surgery. He is a professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery and a professor of clinical surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College.

A graduate of Fordham University and George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed a general surgery residency at North Shore University Hospital and served in the United States Air Force as a Major. He completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1997 at  NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2004, he founded the New York Methodist-Cornell Heart Center at New York Methodist Hospital.

Upon completing his fellowship at New York University Medical Center, he joined the faculty of North Shore University Hospital/ Weill Cornell University Medical College as the Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1978. In 1988, he was selected to serve as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at North Shore University Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College and for the North Shore Health System. As Director for the General Surgical Residency Program, he was responsible for the training of over 100 surgical residents and received the outstanding teacher award in 1991.

Dr. Tortolani has been active in cardiothoracic research and has published extensively since 1966. He is a member of many national and international medical societies. In October 2000, he was selected by the American College of Surgeons to serve on the Committee on Surgical Education in Medical Schools. Dr. Tortolani has served as a member of the Committee on Admission, the Tri-Institutional MD/PHD Committee on Admission, and as Assistant Dean for Weill Cornell Medical College.

James Rucinski, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.E.P.

Program Director, Department of Surgery

New York Methodist Hospital

James Rucinski, M.D., is program director of the surgical residency and director of surgical education at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Rucinski's academic duties include the organization and administration of all educational activities within the Department of Surgery including the undergraduate and post-graduate residency curricula.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Rucinski subsequently served as an intern in the Department of Surgery in the University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital combined residency program in Chicago, Illinois. His surgical residency training was completed at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City under the chairmanship of professor Michael Eisenberg. Following his surgical residency, Dr. Rucinski began his academic career in the Department of Surgery of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from which he was recruited into this present position.

As a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Rucinski currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors and as cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer as well as the surgeon champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at New York Methodist. In addition Dr. Rucinski is a former president of the Brooklyn and Long Island chapter of the American College of Surgeons as well as a former president of the Brooklyn Surgical Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, the Association for Academic Surgery and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In support of the residency education program, Dr. Rucinski's clinical practice encompasses a variety of surgical conditions, including acute care surgery. He has a special interest in surgery of the breast and breast-related disorders.


Academic Appointments

Anthony J. Tortolani, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor of Clinical Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chairman of Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital
Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital
Assistant Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College

Faculty Appointments

Robert F. Tranbaugh, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital

Michael Ayad, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Raffaele Borriello, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, SUNY/ Downstate Medical Center

Marcus D'Ayala, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief of Vascular Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital

John Deysine, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY/ Downstate Medical Center

Bashar Fahoum, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director of Surgical ICU, New York Methodist Hospital


Piotr Gorecki, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief of Laparscopic Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital

Ivan Grunberger, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Urology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief of Urology, New York Methodist Hospital

Iosif Gulkarov, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

John Hunter, M.D., M.M.

Clinical Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital
Chief of Plastic Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital

James Rucinski, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Program Director, Department of Surgery, New York Methodist Hospital
Director of Surgical Education, New York Methodist Hospital


Berhane Worku, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Martin Zonenshayn, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief of Neurosurgery, New York Methodist Hospital 


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