George J. Todd, MD, FACS -
Chairman of the Department of
The Departments of Surgery at the St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals were formed
as separate entities during the 1850's. Each flourished as independent surgical
departments affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
and each was distinguished by innovation and clinical excellence. The Roosevelt
Hospital tradition took shape during the latter part of the 19th century under the
leadership of Charles McBurney, MD whose techniques for abdominal surgery were widely
adopted throughout the world. During his years as Chairman, the Department became
recognized as a center of excellence in abdominal surgery, a distinction that continues
to the current day. It was also during the McBurney era that William S. Halsted,
MD began his career as a young Attending Surgeon at the Roosevelt Hospital.
Charles McBurney, MD
Many surgical milestones have been achieved at both sites. Among these are included
the first pulmonary resection for cancer (1935), the first open heart surgery ever
performed in New York (1955) and the description and perfection of the internal
mammary to coronary artery bypass (1970's). The first renal transplant service in
this region was developed at St. Luke's Hospital in the 1960's.
In 1979, these two distinguished Departments merged into a larger and more successful
entity that we know today as the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Department of Surgery.
In 2013, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital merged with Mt. Sinai to create the Icahn
School of Medicine Mount Sinai St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
William S. Halsted, MD
The Department of Surgery consists of 12 divisions: breast, cardiac, colorectal,
minimally invasive, pediatric, plastic and reconstructive, renal transplant, robotic,
research, thoracic, trauma/critical care, and vascular surgery. More than 19,000
surgical procedures are performed annually at the Hospital Center. There are more
than 44,000 annual discharges at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.
We currently train 37 surgical residents and four surgical fellows. There are just
four surgical fellows (two in breast surgery, one in colorectal surgery, and one
in minimally invasive surgery) in keeping with the philosophy that our residency
program is focused on training general surgery residents and exposing them to the
broadest possible subspecialty training experience.
Applicants to our training program are ranked by committee according to their academic
records and personal qualifications. The program is highly competitive. In 2013,
our program received more than 1200 inquiries for five categorical positions. The
overwhelming majority of graduating residents go on to advanced postgraduate surgical
training at highly competitive and sought-after training programs throughout the
country. All of our graduating chief residents during the past several years have
passed both parts of the American Board of Surgery examination on their first attempt.
Research is encouraged in our program and is an important part of the training.
The majority of our residents will publish and/or present their research work at
regional, national, or international scientific meetings during their training.
We who are fortunate enough to be members of the SLR Department of Surgery are the
beneficiaries of the skill, innovation, and commitment of those generations who
worked in both of these outstanding hospitals during the past 150 years. We enthusiastically
accept the responsibility and challenge to strive for the highest standard of skillful
and compassionate care, to teach subsequent generations of surgical leaders, and
to foster an environment of research and innovation in a manner befitting our surgical
George J. Todd, MD, FACS