Division of General Surgery Overview

The Division of General Surgery is led by Celia Divino, MD, the Stanley Edelman Professor of Surgery, Vice-Chair of Surgery, and Program Director for Icahn School of Medicine's Residency Program in General Surgery. Our dual mission is to deliver the highest level of surgical care and to prepare our residents and medical students to be the surgical leaders of the future.

As clinicians, our surgeons emphasize the evidence-based practice of surgery in treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Gallstone disease
  • Abdominal wall and hiatal hernias
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestine, colon, rectum)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Parathyroid and thyroid disorders
  • Solid organ surgery (adrenal, splenic, pancreatic)
  • Weight loss (bariatric) surgery

Minimally invasive surgery—namely laparoscopy—has become synonymous with abdominal surgery. Our surgeons promote this treatment approach because it substantially decreases postoperative pain and recovery time.

As educators, our faculty maintain full-time academic professorships within the medical school. Many hold leadership positions in departmental and institution-wide organizations, particularly in Quality Improvement initiatives.

Individualized mentoring of medical students and residents occurs throughout the academic year. The Division conducts weekly conferences in a case-based format, with emphasis on best practices guidelines and current literature. We continue to enhance our didactic education with advanced surgical simulators, laparoscopic training equipment, and inanimate and animate practical sessions held monthly.

The Division of General Surgery places significant focus on clinical research, a requirement of today's leading academic surgeons. We collaborate with dedicated research personnel towards this end, and our intellectual work receives recognition regularly through peer-reviewed journals and national symposia presentations.

We are proud of our track record for clinical excellence and superb training, and welcome your inquiries and feedback. For additional information, please contact the Division of General Surgery office at 212-241-6509.

Division Faculty:


Laparoscopic Appendectomy at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Minimally Invasive Ulcerative Colitis Surgery at Mount Sinai