History of the Program
The Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has a rich and storied history, dating back to its inception in 1960 when it initiated and obtained approval for a freestanding residency-training program in surgery. This marked a significant milestone in the hospital's commitment to medical education and surgical excellence. The program was approved for 2 categorical residents annually, and the first batch of residents successfully graduated in 1965. During this period, the hospital boasted 250 medical/surgical beds and performed an impressive 2000 surgical cases per year, demonstrating its dedication to providing comprehensive medical services to the community.
As the medical center grew in tandem with the diverse and evolving community it served, the Department of Surgery fostered strong affiliations, particularly with the Department of Surgery at NYU. This collaboration led to the integration of PGY-2 and PGY-4 NYU residents alongside the BMMC residents, creating a dynamic learning environment for all involved. Notably, the department took a pioneering step by establishing the first Surgical Intensive Care Unit on Long Island, staffed by Surgical Intensivists. This development has continued to enrich the educational experience for surgical residents and also provided valuable training opportunities for Critical Care and ED residents from other departments.
In recognition of its commitment to excellence and meeting the medical needs of the community, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens earned the prestigious designation of a Level I Trauma Center in 1984. This significant milestone not only allowed for enhanced training opportunities for residents in managing critically ill and injured patients but also ensured the provision of top-notch trauma care to the community it served.
In 1990, a pivotal moment in the hospital's history occurred when it was acquired from the Salvation Army by the NYH. This transition also brought about a change in academic affiliation, moving from NYU to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Despite this change, the commitment to exceptional medical education and the pursuit of surgical excellence remained steadfast and continues to this day.
Throughout its history, the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has remained dedicated to providing outstanding medical care, fostering a rich learning environment for its residents, and serving as a leading healthcare institution in the region. With a strong legacy and a continued focus on innovation and advancement, the department stands poised to make even greater contributions to the field of surgery and the well-being of the community it serves.