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Surgery Residency | Faculty

Anthony J. Tortolani, M.D.

Chairman, Departments of Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Program Director, Department of Surgery
New York Methodist Hospital



Dr. Anthony J. Tortolani, M.D., Chairman of the Departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery and 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 Professor of Clinical Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, 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 The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2004, he started the Weill Cornell Program at New York Methodist Hospital.

Upon completing his fellowship at New York University Medical Center, he joined the faculty of North Shore University Hospital/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/Cornell University 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; and, educated over 20 board certified General Surgeons, many of whom hold academic appointments.

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 Admissions for Cornell University Medical College, as well as the Tri-Institutional MD/PHD Committee on Admissions for Cornell University Medical College.

Donald A. Risucci, Ph.D.

Associate Chairman for Education

Department of Surgery
New York Methodist Hospital


Donald A. Risucci, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in applied psychological research & evaluation from Hofstra University and is professor of surgery at New York Medical College. He has been involved in surgical education and surgical and educational research for over 25 years. Dr. Risucci has authored many publications, addressing a wide range of issues related to the assessment of surgical competence and technical skill. He was president of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) in 2006-2007 and served as director of that organization’s Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) Program from 2000-2007. He is a founding member of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships and he has served as an evaluation/research consultant to the Division of Education of the American College of Surgeons for the past ten years, playing a significant role in numerous national educational efforts. He recently co-authored “Ethical Issues in Clinical Surgery,” sponsored by the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Risucci joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital in July 2012. He works closely with the surgeons, residents, and students to continually improve the curriculum, the evaluation process, and the educational and research endeavors of the department. Dr. Risucci is responsible for teaching critical appraisal skills, research design and biostatistics. He also coordinates seminars on practice based learning and improvement, and ethics, and is readily available to faculty, residents and students for guidance and assistance in teaching, learning, conducting research, analyzing data and preparing manuscripts and presentations.

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

Faculty Appointments

Anthony J. Acinapura, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery, SUNY/ Downstate Medical Center
Vice 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 Associate 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
Director of Surgical Education, New York Methodist Hospital

Donald Risucci, Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery, New York Medical College
Associate Chairman for Education, New York Methodist Hospital

Paul Thodiyil, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

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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Past Grand Rounds Speakers
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