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About the Department

The traditions of the Department of Surgery started as early as 1872 when surgeons and physicians worked in the precursor hospitals to serve and provide comfort and hope to the patients of Syracuse.  Since then, the Department has grown immensely, and now has a consistent track record in supporting scholarly research and clinical investigation in the health sciences.

Our Mission

To build collaborative bridges, and to seek to improve the health of the communities we serve through health care, education, and biomedical research.

Who We Are

The Department of Surgery consists of the following Divisions:

  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery 
  • Burn Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • General Surgery
    - Thyroid
    - Gallbladder
    - Hernia
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
    - Breast Surgery
    - Colon and Rectal Surgery
    - Endocrine Surgery
    - Hepatobiliary (Liver and Pancreas) Surgery
    - Plastic Surgery
  • Thoracic (Lung) Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

What We Do

The Department is well known for its extensive experience in Endocrine and Breast surgery. There is also significant expertise that has been developed related to the management of complex wounds, and the care for patients with stomas.

The Department of Surgery has extensive research facilities that house both surgical and basic research scientists who are full-time members of the Department.

Representative areas of investigation, supported by NIH and industry partners, in the Surgical Research Laboratories:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Platelet and Burn Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Cancer Research


The Department of Surgery has established a compliance program to address and minimize risk. The affiliated faculty practice plan, of the Department of Surgery, adheres to the Upstate Medical University Faculty Practice Plan Compliance Program

The Compliance Programs at Upstate Medical University Hospitals are in line with the faculty's mission, philosophy, and values, and to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations and are intended to promote adherence through education, monitoring, and corrective action.

We seek to foster an environment in which our employees and staff are encouraged to report possible violations of law or ethical principles and concerns regarding health care practices. For additional information please refer to Upstate Medical University Institutional Compliance, Privacy and Ethics website:  www.upstate.edu/compliance