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General Surgery

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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 University Medical Center sponsors all of the residency and fellowship programs. Our vision is to graduate the very best academically based, broadly trained, self-sufficient surgeons who can move directly into a fellowship or practice with equal confidence.

St. Joseph’s is an academic medical center providing excellent training for our residents in a high volume, high acuity, and urban environment. We treat a wide diversity of patients within equally diverse cultures.

The General Surgical Residency program’s 60 month curriculum allows physicians to fulfill the ACGME requirements. Residents can expect to scrub on an average of 1000 cases during their training.

The program has 20 approved positions divided over post-graduate years

PGY-1; 6 positions (3 categorical 3, Pre-Lim )

PGY-2; 5 positions (3 categorical 2 Pre-Lim)

PGY 3, 4, 5; 3 positions each level.


ACGME Accredited Program # 4403300191 since July 1, 2017

AOA Accredited, Program # 189075 since July 2009

State designated level II Trauma Center

Emergency Department volume is the busiest in the state with over 160,000 recorded visits last year

Over 1000 trauma patients are seen annually in our ED

Modern SimLab provides a large breath of clinical experience

A verified site for BEST Courses

ATLS and ASSET classes are taught on site

Educational allowances include an annual book stipend and a senior conference stipend

Close proximity to New York City

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. The recently opened state-of-the-art Critical Care building has expanded our ED, added 56 Critical Care beds and 12 advanced systems-integrated operating theaters, and hosts a rooftop helipad.

We will be participating in the NRMP match for the 2018.2019 academic year and require USMLE.



General Surgery*


St. Peter’s University Hospital**

7 months

3 months

2 months


General Surgery*


Surgical ICU

6 months

3 month

3 months



General Surgery*

St. Peter’s University Hospital**


Surgical ICU

Transplant- Newark Beth Israel

4 months

4 months

1 month

2 months

1 month


General Surgery*

St. Peter’s University Hospital**


7 months

4 months

1   month

PGY-5 General Surgery* 12 months

* General Surgery SJUMC includes: General, acute care, MIS, robotic, endocrine, colorectal, endoscopy, surgical oncology, abdomen, vascular, bariatric, head & neck, skin soft tissue& breast, thoracic, pediatric procedures, alimentary tract, and hepatobiliary/pancreatic surgery,

**St Peter’s General Surgery includes, general surgery, vascular, colorectal, endoscopy, endocrine.

Trauma includes operative and non- operative trauma


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: 1.5 hours per week.

Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference: Weekly.

Tumor Board: 1 hour per week with case presentations required on a rotating basis.

Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Conference: Every other week.

General Surgery Clinic: Once weekly.

Breast/Pediatric Surgery Clinic: Once Weekly on a rotating basis.

Wound Clinic: Once weekly.

Trauma Clinic: Once weekly. Surgical Critical Care Journal Club: Once a month.

SICU Multidisciplinary Rounds: every Friday while covering in the SICU.

Trauma Interdisciplinary Rounds: Daily while on Trauma.

Joint ER/Trauma conference: Quarterly.


PGY-1 $51,500

PGY-2 $54,435.50

PGY-3 $57,371

PGY-4 $60,306.50

PGY-5 $63,242.00

Chief Resident $1,250 Additional stipend for chief

Additional Benefits:

Four weeks’ vacation

Twelve paid sick days

Maternity/Family Leave

Health & Dental Coverage for residents and eligible dependents

Professional Liability Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts

Qualified Transportation Expense

Employee Assistance Program

Group Legal Services

Meal Allowance

$500 Book Allowance

$500 Conference Allowance for PGY-4 & 5's

Paid: BLS, ACLS, and ATLS classes


The Department of Surgery requires all residents to participate in research.

Recent Published Papers:

  • Spontaneous hemoperitoneum in a pediatric patient with Meckel's Diverticulum. Ratul Bhattacharyya a, *, Colin Bethel b, Jamshed Zuberi. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 18 (2017) 34e35
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans: A Case Report and Review of Surgical Management. Shauna Trinh, Paul Hanna, Kevin Petersen, Osama Elsawy. J Curr Surg. 2016;6(2):57-59
  • Isolated idiopathic aortitis with an unusually thickened aortic wall: case report. John Yoon, Irina PA-C Gruboy, Altheeb Zaid, Shah G. Salil, Mark Connolly, Wilbert S. Aronow, Walid Elozomor, Jamshed Zuberi.   Annals of Translational Medicine. Oct 20, 2016. doi: 10.21037/atm.2016.11.14
  • “Surgical Debridement with SonicOne® O.R.: an Initial Look at the Bacterial Load Pre- and Post- Low Frequency Direct Contact Ultrasound.” Daria Abolghasemi, DO, Karen D. Szymanski, DO, Michael Baruch MD, Jamshed Zuberi MD. Abstract Published in SonicOne O.R. Clinical Abstracts, March 2016
  • Sahil P Parikh, Eric Rosenberg, Manuel E. Portalatin, Elias Fakhoury, Robert V Madlinger, Appendicitis Presenting Concurrently with Cecal Arteriovenous Malformation in a Child; APSP Journal of Case Reports; September 2015, Vol 6, Issue 3. PMID: 26623251
  • Moskowitz, R., Bordan, D., Zairis, I; An Adult with a Symptomatic Esophageal Duplication Cyst; The American Surgeon, February 2014 PMID:25347489.
  • Prospective Analysis of Laparascopic Cholcystectomies Based on Postgraduate Resident Level. S Parikh, E Szezech, R Castillo, R Moscowitz, J Zuberi, A Sori, O Elsawy. Surg Laparosc Endos Percut Tec. Vol 25, Number 6 Dec 2015 487-491 PMID: 26632921
  • Laparascopic sleeve gastrectomy: one institution’s experience with omentopexy in the prevention of gastric leaks (retrospective review). P Hanna, R Mohammed, M Nijjar, F Vazquez, M Connolly, J Zuberi. J Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy. July 25, 2015, S5:006 10.4172/2165-7904. Vol S5-006
  • Warta, MH & Fakhro, A. Maxillofacial Trauma: Critical Aspects of Management. Trauma Reports CNE. Vol 15 (1). Jan/Feb 2014
  • Halperin JJ, Sori AJ, Grossman BJ, Rokosz GJ, Strong C. Brain Death Determination in NJ 2014. Available from the NJ Sharing Network website. http://www.njsharingnetwork.org/file/Brain-Death-Guidelines-July-27-2014sq-2.pdf, Alan Sori, MD
  • Combined aortic and inferior vena cava injury. B Marcos, Y Perez, J Matarlo, J Yelon, V Katz, R Madlinger. Intl Journal of Case Reports and Images, 2013; 4(1):51-54 – ISSN 0976-3198
  • Caputo N, Fraser R, Paliga A, Kanter M, Hosford K, Madlinger R, Triage Vital Signs do not Correlate with Serum Lactate or Base Deficit, and Are Less Predictive of Operative Intervention in Penetrating Trauma Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study. Published in Emergency Medicine Journal; July 2013, Vol 30 Issue 7. PMID: 22802455
  • Roslin M, Dudiy Y, Weiskopf J, Damani T, Shah PC; Comparison Between RYGB, DS, and VSG Effect on Glucose Homeostasis. Obesity Surgery 2012; Aug 22(8):1281-6. doi:10.1007/s11695-012-0686-0. PMID: 225684853
  • Sarkar, D, Warta M, & Solomon, J. Case Report: Transdiaphragmatic Intercostal Herniation Following Blunt Trauma. Case Reports in Radiology.Volume 2012, Article ID 502765. PMID:23198242
  • Seamon, MJ…Warta, M, et al. The Use of Emergency Department Thoracotomy for Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest. Injury, Int. J. Care; 43; 2012; pp 1355-1361.PMID:22560130
  • Nasal cannula end-tidal CO2 correlates with serum lactate levels and odds of operative intervention in penetrating trauma patients: A prospective cohort study. N Caputo MD, R Fraser MD, A Paliga MD, J Matarlo RN, M Kanter MD, K Hosford MD, R Madlinger DO. J Trauma Acute Care Surgery Vol 73 Number 5, pp1202-7;2012


Residents / Faculty have presented research at the following:

  • SJUMC Research Day
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Annual Scientific Assembly
  • Society of Critical Medicine Annual Meeting
  • Panel Discussion at the 245th annual meeting of the Association for Multicultural Advancement in Transplantation
  • American Congress of Rehab Medicine
  • The Diabetic Limb Salvage Meeting
  • Annual EMS Conference. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center

Residents from this program have continued onto:

  • Vascular Fellowship, University Of Buffalo, NY
  • Critical Care/Trauma Fellowship, University North Carolina
  • United States Navy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ          
  • Critical Care/ Trauma- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Critical Care/ Trauma- New York Medical College- Westchester Medical Center, Westchester, NY
  • Vascular Surgery, Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY
  • Breast Oncology fellowship- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Private Practice- General Surgery- North Jersey
  • Critical Care/ Trauma fellowship, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center
  • Minimally invasive surgery, University of California-Davis, CA
  • Minimally invasive surgery, Jefferson University, Abbington, PA
  • Hand Surgery fellowship-University of Louisville; Louisville, KY
  • General Surgery. Private Practice. South Jersey
  • Plastics and reconstructive surgery, St. Barnabas, Bronx, NY
  • Burn fellowship- Jacobi Medical Center; Bronx, NY
  • Plastic Surgery fellowship- St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ

We offer a limited amount of fourth year sub-internship rotations for eligible students.

Rotations are four weeks. Rotating on our service does not guarantee an interview.

Please email your request to Suzanne Seifert, seiferts@sjhmc.org, with the following information. Required Information:


USMLE scores

Requested rotation dates

For additional information, please call 973.754.2671.

Applications accepted through ERAS. We will be participating in the NRMP match for 2018/2019 Program # 4403300191


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