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Fellowship in Pediatric General Surgery at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell offers a two-year clinical fellowship training program in pediatric surgery at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The program offers a broad experience in all aspects of pediatric general surgery with extensive training in minimally invasive surgery, pediatric oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and neonatal surgery.

Cohen Children’s is the only tertiary children’s hospital on Long Island. Trainees are surrounded by faculty and staff committed to comprehensive care of children, from infants to young adults. 

Fellows learn to take responsibility for the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of neonates and children with pediatric general surgery challenges and work with multiple subspecialty colleagues involved in the care of pediatric patients.

There is an extensive minimally invasive surgery experience, with advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures being performed by all of the full-time attendings. Fellows gain experience in the NICU and PICU at Cohen Children’s and the pediatric surgical oncology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Cohen Children’s is a major referral center for many pediatric surgical conditions including chest wall abnormalities, solid tumors, complex colorectal problems and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The hospital has long- standing, nationally recognized ECMO program for both infants and children.

The pediatric surgical curriculum addresses the educational needs of the fellows through a combination of daily rounds, journal clubs, case conferences, grand rounds, and mortality and morbidity conferences. In addition, a formal online learning series utilizing the American College of Surgery SCORE Program has been established. The SCORE series, which spans two years, is designed to provide exposure to the clinical science topics that have been identified by the ACGME and the Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors Association as core knowledge in pediatric surgery.

Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

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Program policies

The team

The pediatric surgery team is made up of a pediatric surgery senior fellow, junior fellow, PGY-4 resident, PGY 2 or 3 resident, and three first year surgical residents from the Northwell General Surgery Residency Program. Emergent patient evaluations begin in the emergency room or on the floor, and are performed by the 3rd year or 4th year surgical resident and the pediatric surgery fellows along with a 1st year resident.


The pediatric surgery fellows take q4 call from home or in-house. The CCHMC cafeteria is open for breakfast and lunch, and there is food available for purchase 24 hours a day at Au Bon Pain in the lobby of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Training locations

The sponsoring institution for the training program is the Zucker School of Medicine. Northwell Health sponsors a large number of both adult and pediatric graduate medical education programs. The primary facility for our program is Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the only tertiary children’s hospital on Long Island. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a teaching hospital committed to the comprehensive care of children, from infants to young adults. The hospital has almost 200 beds in two buildings, including a new patient tower. Construction of eight new dedicated children’s operating rooms on the ground floor of the new tower was set begin in January 2018.


Samuel Z. Soffer, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Andrew Richard Hong, MD

Specialties: Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Stephen Elliot Dolgin, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Richard David Glick, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Nelson Garrett Rosen, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Jose M. Prince, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Aaron Michael Lipskar, MD

Specialties: Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Barrie Susan Rich, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery

Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric general surgery training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must be registered at the National Resident Matching Program Specialties Matching Service (NRMP) to be considered for the Match.

Essential documentation includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your general surgery program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ABSITE scores
  • Letter of recommendation from Medical School Dean
  • Medical school transcript

Applications are reviewed as they become complete. Applicants are invited to interview based on the quality of their application. We interview approximately eight candidates each day, and each candidate meets with all available faculty members, as well as the current trainees and members of our nursing staff. We feel that this face to face visit is extremely important in the overall selection process. We do our best to coordinate our interview days with other training programs in the Northeast. Final selection of the trainee occurs through the NRMP's Specialties Matching Service.

For more information, contact:

Samuel Z. Soffer MD, FACS, FAAP
Director, Pediatric Surgery Training Program
Cohen Children’s Medical Center New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718) 470-3636
Fax: (718) 347-1233
Email: [email protected]

Roseanne Milano
Pediatric Surgery Program Coordinator
Cohen Children’s Medical Center New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718) 470-3135
Fax: (718) 347-1233
Email: [email protected]