NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Names Dr. Nitsana Spigland Chief of Pediatric Surgery

Aug 29, 2006


Dr. Nitsana Spigland

Dr. Nitsana Spigland

An authority in neonatal congenital anomalies, pediatric thoracic surgery and pediatric surgical oncology, Dr. Nitsana Spigland has been appointed chief of pediatric surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is associate professor of surgery and associate director of medical student education at Weill Cornell Medical College.

"A pioneer in many areas of pediatric surgery – particularly in cancer treatment – Dr. Spigland is a perfect fit for chief of pediatric surgery," says Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Spigland received her undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University and obtained her medical degree from New York Medical College. She subsequently completed her residency in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Sainte Justine Children's Hospital in Montreal. She joined the surgical faculty of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1989. In 1995, she joined the surgical staff of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and served as acting chief of its Division of Pediatric Surgery between 1997 and 2000.

Board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Spigland is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, the New York Surgical Society and the Children's Oncology Group. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Perinatology and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals with a special emphasis on neonatal surgical conditions. She has presented her work at numerous national and international meetings and received a clinical research award from the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and its academic partner, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian, which is ranked sixth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top hospitals, also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and its academic affiliate, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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