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Welcome to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s General Surgery Residency Program, we thank you for your interest. St. Joseph’s is a state designated Trauma Center and we offer an exciting residency committed to training the highest level of physician and skilled surgeon. Our vision is graduating the very best academically based, broadly trained, self-sufficient surgeons who can move directly into fellowship or practice with equal confidence. All specialties are represented on premises, and all of your training will be conducted at St. Joseph’s.

We have a very dedicated teaching faculty of more than 50 Board Certified surgeons covering General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Hepatobiliary, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic, ENT, Urology, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We saw more than 1500 major trauma cases in 2013. Our Emergency Department volume is the busiest in the state with over 144,000 recorded visits in 2013. The recently opened state-of-the-art Critical Care building has expanded our ED, added 56 Critical Care beds, 12 new operating theaters and a new rooftop helipad capable of accepting larger medical helicopters with emergency procedure space. In 2012-13, we utilized the medivac/helipad system 96 times.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Osteopathic Surgery Program is sponsored by Northeast Opti  Medical Education Network/University of New England; and we are a fully accredited AOA/ACOS program and. This residency program was started in 2009. We currently have 18 residents. Residents can expect to scrub on an average of 1,400 cases during their training. Our program currently has pre-accreditation status from the ACGME.



General Surgery*



Internal Medicine

7 months

3 month

1 months

1 months

General Surgery*


Surgical ICU

6 months

3 months

3 months


General Surgery*


Surgical ICU

7 months

3 months

2 months


General Surgery*


Elective (residents choice)

8 months

3 months

1 month


General Surgery*

12 months

















* General Surgery includes: Plastics, ENT, Urology, Thoracic, Bariatric, Laparoscopy/Endoscopy, Pediatric Surgery, Hepato-Biliary, Colo-rectal and all routine General Surgery procedures.


  • Didactics: Every Thursday - 3 hour block – protected time (Covers Chapter and Board Review, Attending lectures, Journal Club, Case presentations and Oral Board Practice Sessions)
  • General Surgery Morbidity & Mortality Conference: 1 hour per week
  • Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference: 1 hour per week
  • Tumor Board: 1 hour per week with case presentations required on a rotating basis
  • Hepatobilary/Pancreatic Conference: Every other week
  • General Surgery Clinic: Once weekly
  • Pediatric Surgery Clinic: Once weekly on rotating basis
  • Surgical Critical Care Journal Club: Once a month
  • SICU Multidisciplinary Rounds: Every Friday whilel covering in the SICU
  • Trauma Interdiscipilanry Rounds: Daily while on Trauma
  • Joint ER/Trauma Conference: Quarterly


PGY-1 $51,500


PGY-3 $57,371
PGY-4 $60,306.50
PGY-5 $63,242
Chief Resident $1,250 Additional stipend for chief










Additional Benefits:

  • Four weeks’ vacation
  • Twelve paid sick days
  • Maternity/Family Leave
  • Health & Dental Coverage for resident and eligible dependents
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • $500 Book Allowance
  • $500 Conference Allowance for Pgy-4 & 5's
  • Paid: BLS, ACLS, and ATLS classes

Bhattacharya,N., Liu,J., Sabatino,M., Bordan,D. : A Female Patient with Abdominal Extra- adrenal Retroperitoneal Paraganglioma. 2009

Parikh,S, Houlis,N., Bordan, D. Jejunal Diverticulitis: A Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain. The American Surgeon April 2012 

Moskowitz,R., Bordan,D., Zairis,I.: An Adult with Symptomatic Esophogeal Duplication Cyst. (Accepted awaiting publication)

Current Research

  • Improving Results: Breast Cancer Outreach in a Diverse Underserved Community 
  • The successful rate of arteriovenous fistula creation in the elderly population in an urban population
  • Resident effect on patient outcomes during laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Neuroendocrine cancer of the gallbladder: an interesting case
  • Monitoring base deficit as a measure of resuscitation in trauma patients 
  • Complications in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies Based on Resident Participation
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis: Incidence among pediatric pts with acute abdomens in the Emergency Room setting. (In collaboration with the Peds resident)
  • Intraoperative cholangiograms: Kumar Catheter vs. Olsen technique, One Surgeon’s Experience (In Collaboration with Dr. Zuberi)
  • A Rare Case of a Traumatic Intercostal Hernia: A Case Report (In collabortaion with Ben Rebein and Dr. Bui)
  • Conservative Management of Aortic Arch Injury following Penetrating Trauma
  • Laparoscopic repair of an abdominal intercostal hernia following blunt trauma.
  • Senior general surgery resident interpretations of trauma patient imaging versus off-hours radiology service
  • A retrospective analysis of Nissen fundoplication in children less than 6 months of age
  • Probiotics and Early Return of Bowel Function
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy Complications: One Institution’s Experience With Gastric Omentopexy
  • Acute Pancreatitis Secondary to an Incarcerated Diaphragmatic Hernia Repaired Laparoscopically with Mesh - presented at SAGES
  • Commotio Cordis - published in American Surgeon (Feb 2012) and presented at NEOMEN
  • pending research project: Role of Probiotics in the Early Return of Bowel Function (PERF) 

Residents from this program have continuted onto:

Breast Oncology fellowship- Grant Hospital; Columbus, OH

Minimally Invasive /Bariatrics fellowship-Hackensack University, Hackensack, NJ

Burn fellowship- Jacobi Medical Center; Bronx, NY

Plastic Surgery fellowship- St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ

Hand Surgery fellowship-University of Louisville; Louisville, KY

Minimally Invasive/Bariatrics fellowship - University of California-Davis

Bariatric Surgery fellowship – Abington Memorial Hospital, Pa  

Minimally Invasive fellowship - Shawnee Mission Medical Center 

We offer fourth year sub-internship rotations for eligible students.

  • Rotations are four weeks
  • A score of 525 or above on Comlex I or II is required to apply for a fourth year rotation.
  • Rotating on our service does not guarantee an interview.

Please email your request to Suzanne Seifert,, with the following information. For additional information, please call 973.754.2671.

Required Information:

  • CV
  • Requested rotation dates
  • Expected Date of Graduation
  • Comlex 1 Score

Applicants: Please provide any useful information for applicants. For example, may apply through ERAS only, “Hot Line” phone number, criteria for residency program applicants, etc.

Applying to the Program

The Department of Surgery participates in the ERAS Program for the residency application process. Our program number is 189075.

To complete your ERAS application you will need:

  • A photograph
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript
  • Comlex Level 1, Level 2 CE, and Level 2 PE
  • 3 letters of recommendation with at least one recommendation from surgery, preferably from an academic surgery program.
  • Dean's letter

The Surgical Residency Program requires:

  • Comlex Level 1, Level 2CE must be completed successfully prior to an interview.
  • Comlex Level 2 PE should be completed and results reported prior to the match date.
  • Graduation from Medical School: Must be within the past 3 years except for military service requirements.
  • Applicants must be graduates of approved medical schools in the United States
  • Interviews are required


  • Once completed ERAS applications are reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited to interview.
  • No interview will be conducted if your application is not complete.

Address inquiries to:

Suzanne Seifert
Residency Coordinator/ Dept. Of Surgery
Integrated (D.O.) Residency Program
Phone: 973.754.2671
Fax: 973.754.4332


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