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Department of Surgery


General Surgery

General Surgery


The Section of General Surgery  at Westchester Medical Center is comprised of outstanding technical surgeons committed to providing high-quality patient care and educating residents, medical students and the community. Through scholarly pursuits and research, our active surgical faculty stays at the forefront of modern surgical medicine.

Our general surgery team adheres to the philosophy that surgeons trained to perform highly specialized complex procedures in all areas of the body are the best prepared to manage patients' complex preoperative and postoperative problems. This is also the philosophy by which we train our medical residents.

General Surgery Areas of Expertise

Patients with advanced stages of diseases are referred to the Section of General Surgery because of the extensive resources available at Westchester Medical Center. Our commitment to preoperative assessment and optimization of the high-risk patient  undergoing non-cardiac surgery makes us the hospital of choice for many referring physicians, as does our clinical expertise in other surgical procedures for patients with chronic pulmonary, cardiac, renal and hepatic failure.

Our general surgery specialty areas include:

  • Pancreaticobiliary surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Colo-rectal surgery

  • Oncologic surgery

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Endocrine surgery

Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, FICS
Director of Department of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery

General Surgery Services

The Section of General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center includes general surgeons who perform routine colon and rectal procedures and treat complications of inflammatory bowel disease as well as unusual gastrointestinal malignancies which require ileo anal pouches or sphincter-sparing resections.

Multiple Surgical Services

Our department also provides surgical oncologic care for a wide range of malignancies, including those affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, biliary system, breast, esophagus, melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. We routinely perform a significant variety of advanced procedures, including hepatic resections for primary and metastatic tumors, pancreatic resections (Whipple procedure), and pelvic exenterative operations.

Our surgeons include specialists in the surgical management of diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, endocrine, pancreas and neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and surgery for morbid obesity. We utilize minimally invasive laparoscopic approaches in many of these surgeries and provide advanced procedures such as:

  • Nissen fundoplication
    This laparoscoic surgical procedure treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernias.

  • Adrenalectomy
    Adrenalectomy is the surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands, usually due to the presence of tumors.

  • Colectomy
    A common procedure in the treatment of colon cancer or diseases of the large intestine, this surgical treatment consists of resectioning (removing) of a portion of the large intestine, or colon.

  • Inguinal herniorrhaphy
    Used to treat hernia, this laparoscopic procedure involves four small incisions through which a surgeon repairs the hernia, leaving very
    little scarring.

Surgery FAQs

How should I prepare for my surgery?

Surgeries are usually planned at least a few days in advance, and your doctor's office will let you know ahead of time how to prepare for your surgery. Typically, this includes instructions on where to go, any restrictions on food or drink, a list of anything you need to bring, and any other important information that you need, such as instructions on any pre-admission testing you may need to complete.

How far ahead of time do I need to arrive for my surgery?

In most cases, you need to arrive several hours in advance to be prepped for surgery. This includes completing any remaining paperwork, administering any pre-surgery medications, and preparing IVs. Your doctor's office will provide you with detailed information about where to go and what to expect.

Will I have to stay overnight after my surgery?

Barring any unexpected changes in your condition, you should know prior to surgery if you will need to stay overnight. If your surgery is an out-patient procedure, you will remain in recovery after your surgery until your doctor determines you can go home. Your time in recovery depends on the type of surgery you had and your overall response to the surgery and any medications you have been administered.

The Surgery Team

Our Medical Staff

Latifi, Rifat
Latifi, Rifat
Director, Department of Surgery
Chief, General Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Critical Care Surgery
General Surgery
Trauma Surgery
Cerabona, Thomas
Cerabona, Thomas
Bariatric Surgery Medical Director
Bariatric Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
General Surgery
Giannone, Jonathan
Bariatric Medicine
General Surgery
Heena Rajdeo MD, FACS
Heena Rajdeo MD, FACS
Attending, Department of Surgery
Vice Chair & Associate Director Diversity & Inclusion
New York Medical College
Westchester Medical Center
General Surgery
Kalyani Bhuta, MD, FACS
Kalyani Bhuta, MD, FACS
Attending, Department of Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery New York Medical College
General Surgery
Kaul, Ashutosh
Kaul, Ashutosh
Director Minimally Invasive Surgery, Westchester Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery and Program Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, NY Medical College
Bariatric Medicine
General Surgery
Maffei, Anthony
Bariatric Medicine
General Surgery

Kalyani Bhuta, MD
Heena Rajdeo, MD