General/Gastrointestinal Surgery

Our general surgery specialists treat a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal problems requiring surgical intervention for treating gastrointestinal disease. In addition to performing conventional operations, they have special expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

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Our general surgery specialists: (top row, left to right) Drs. Sherif Abdel-Misih, Andrew T. Bates, Salvatore Docimo Jr., Polikseni Eksarko, and Jill C. Genua; (second row, left to right) Drs. Georgios V. Georgakis, Kathreen P. Lee, Michael F. Paccione, Aurora D. Pryor, and Jerry A. Rubano; (third row, left to right) Drs. Daniel N. Rutigliano, Steven Sandoval, Aaron R. Sasson, Samer Sbayi, and Jessica R. Schnur; (bottom row, left to right) Drs. Marc J. Shapiro, Konstantinos Spaniolas, Mark A. Talamini, and James A. Vosswinkel. Click on each photo to view physician's profile page.

Laparoscopic surgery offers patients less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery/return to normal activities.

Among the laparoscopic operations performed by our surgeons are anti-reflux surgery for chronic severe heartburn, myotomy for achalasia (treatment of severe swallowing difficulty), groin hernia repair, common bile duct exploration, colon surgery, appendectomy, gallbladder and spleen removal, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Our general surgeons use the latest technology to treat surgical diseases, such as the LINX Reflux Management System, a new device implanted in a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (LINX video). They are the first on Long Island to use the NeuRx Diaphgram Pacing System, also implanted in a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, to aid breathing and extend life for ALS patients.

Our general surgeons operate the exigent general surgery service that streamlines the care of patients presenting in the ER with acute abdominal conditions. Providing minimally invasive treatment in most cases, this service decreases both the time to surgery and the length of stay in the hospital.

Our surgical specialists are leaders at the Stony Brook Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center that provides an array of treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs, lifestyle, and goals, and also the Stony Brook Heartburn and Esophageal Center that offers multidisciplinary care and the latest surgical options, with emphasis on minimally invasive procedures.

Our Comprehensive Hernia Center — distinguished by Stony Brook Medicine's multidisciplinary approach to patient care — offers a wide range of options to diagnose and treat most types of hernias.

Our Pancreatitis Center is the first in Suffolk County to have earned the designation — "seal of approval" — of the National Pancreas Foundation. This designation is important for those in our community who suffer from pancreatitis and who may find it a challenge to locate a medical center that has the ability to provide the necessary care.

Our general/gastrointestinal surgery service also functions as a tertiary care referral center for hepatobiliary disease, pancreatic disease, and other complex cases including inflammatory bowel disease, major gastrointestinal bleeding, and cases requiring operation or re-operation upon the biliary tree.