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Residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ)

The residency in plastic & reconstructive surgery at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ) is a six-year integrated training program. Each year, two residents are selected for this exclusive program that affords residents exposure to the full spectrum of aesthetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Plastic surgery residents rotate through the tertiary hospitals in the health system. These include Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH). The diversity in the training sites provides broad exposure to faculty, patients and clinical scenarios. 

The plastic surgery residents are integrated into plastic surgery from the first year with rotations on the plastic surgery service.  Elective time is spent during the first three years in core rotations such as anesthesia, dermatology, general surgery, oral surgery, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery and vascular surgery. The last  three years include plastic surgery specialty training. Trainees work closely with our internationally renowned surgeons in specialties such as pediatric craniofacial surgery, head and neck cancer reconstruction, facial and body aesthetic surgery, breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, and hand surgery. 

All residents participate in some form of clinical or basic science research. Peer-review publication and national presentations are supported and encouraged. Residents are also welcomed to participate in research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system. 

We offer exceptional inpatient and outpatient surgical care for adults and children for both emergency and elective procedures.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program at Northwell Health should apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which starts accepting applications in early September. Applications received after December 1 will not be reviewed.

Essential application information includes:

  • Completed common application
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, no older than six months
  • ECFMG status report, if applicable

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Program director

Armen Kevork Kasabian, MD

System Chief Plastic Surgery,

Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand, Surgery

Additional faculty

Lyle Seth Leipziger, MD

Chief of Division of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Plastic Surgery

Charles Hedges McKinstr Thorne, MD

Chairman of Plastic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Plastic Surgery

Neil Tanna, MD, MBA

Chief - Surgery/Plastic Surgery of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology

Nicholas Bastidas, MD

Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery

Oren Zvi Lerman, MD

Specialties: Plastic Surgery

Victor Andres Moon, MD

Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand, Surgery, Colon / Rectal Surgery

Wojciech Dec, MD

Specialties: Plastic Surgery

Alfred T. Culliford, MD

Director of Service - Director of Plastic & Recon. Surgery of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand