Expert Team

Our surgeons are board certified and have years of experience performing laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. They are prominent leaders in the field who are frequently called upon to present scholarly papers and conduct research.

Dr. PryorAurora Pryor, MD, FACS, directs the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center and is a fellowship-trained, internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive surgery and new surgical technologies. She completed her surgery residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where she remained on the faculty for nearly a decade. While at Duke, Dr. Pryor served as Chief of General Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital and she was co-Director of the Duke Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Program. She participated in the Chancellor’s Clinical Leadership Program in Academic Medicine. She also received awards including the Association for Academic Surgery Medical Student Research Award, the American Federation for Clinical Research Trainee Investigator Award for Excellence in Scientific Research and the Four Schools Physician Scientist Training Program Fellowship. A patent holder for several surgical technologies, Dr. Pryor is active in research with an extensive list of professional publications, prominence in multiple professional societies, and 18 years of experience. She chairs the membership committee for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), where she also serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, she chairs the Emerging Technologies Committee for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASBMS), also serving as a site reviewer for centers of excellence programs. Dr. Pryor has personally performed thousands of laparoscopic surgeries.

Dr. BuscagliaJonathan M. Buscaglia, MD, FASGE, is a nationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal and interventional endoscopy. He joined Stony Brook in 2008, serving as Director of Endoscopy and Director of Interventional Endoscopy as well as Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Buscaglia received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, followed by a medical residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship (AEF) program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, his research focuses on therapeutic endoscopy and quality in GI endoscopy. Dr. Buscaglia is recognized as a leader within the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and is the 2016 president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NYSGE). He also is an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. BucoboJuan Carlos Bucobo, MD, is an advanced endoscopist specializing in interventional endoscopy. He joined Stony Brook in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology but his affiliation with Stony Brook goes back to his residency and fellowship days. Dr. Bucobo received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He did his preliminary residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and completed his category residency in internal medicine as well as his fellowship in gastroenterology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. His advanced fellowship in interventional endoscopy was completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In 2009, Dr. Bucobo was recognized as Fellow of the Year by the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stony Brook.

Dr. Mortensen-WelchMelissa Mortensen, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngogist specializing in surgery of the ears, nose and throat (ENT), and head and neck. Dr. Mortensen joined Stony Brook as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery in 2014. She earned her medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, in 2002 and completed residencies in general surgery (2003) and otolaryngology (2007) at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, followed by a fellowship at Mount Sinai in laryngology in 2008. An active physician-scientist, she is a published researcher and serves as a reviewer for multiple ENT professional journals. She diagnoses and treats the full range of ENT problems using advanced technologies and provides a broad range of rehabilitative services, surgeries and procedures.