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Celia Divino

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  • American Board of Surgery


  • MD, S.U.N.Y., Health Science Center

  • Residency, Surgery
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    As a surgical educator and leader, Dr Divino, Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery, has blended the best of the past and the future in her approach to medical education. She is a proponent of the traditional values of strong mentoring by teachers as critical to young doctors’ sound decision-making.  At the same time, she has kept abreast of the latest innovations with her establishment of a Surgical Simulator Center, to hone the technical skills of the residents in both minimally invasive and traditional procedures.  An active surgeon, Dr Divino has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive techniques, specializing in laparoscopic gastrointestinal and hernia surgery

    Her accomplishments in the laboratory, the classroom, and the operating room have been repeatedly recognized with awards from Mount Sinai.  These awards include the 1997 Arthur A. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery as a chief resident and twice receiving the Dr Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery, the Physician of the Year Award, and the Surgical Attending of the Year Award.  Dr Divino has been honored with multiple commendations from various scientific societies and community groups including the Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award of the American Medical Women’s Association and the Medical Leadership Award from the New York State Assembly.

    Dr Divino’s service is further demonstrated by the many roles she has in hospital administration. She has taken a particular interest in intimating improvements in patient care in her role as the Chair of the Department of Surgery Quality Assurance Committee and as the Chair of the Performance Improvement Committee of the institution.  She is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and the Chair of the Surgical Education Committee. As the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, she continues to institute comprehensive reform to the training and education of the surgeons of tomorrow.

    She has been a recipient of research grants from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, and the Association of Women’s Surgeons among others. Her current area of interest in basic science research is tumor immunology.

    Dr Divino received her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California at Davis and her doctorate in medicine at the State University of New York - Health Science Center at Brooklyn cum laude with distinction in research. Her internship and residency were completed at Mount Sinai. Dr Divino assumed her position as Chief of the Division of General Surgery in 2003 and then in 2005, became the Vice-Chair of Education & Quality and the Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. She is currently the Stanley Edelman, MD, Professor of Surgery. 

    Watch Dr Divino perform a laparoscopic appendectomy.

    In The News

    Dr. Divino discusses gallstones in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up. View the PDF.


  • 2010 - 2011
    Best Doctor
    Best Doctors in America

  • 2010 -
    Master Clinician Award
    Institute of Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 2005 -
    The Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery
    Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 2005 -
    The Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

  • 2003 -
    Surgical Attending of the Year Award
    The Brooklyn South Surgical Training Program, Maimonides Medical Center

  • 2003 -
    Attending of the Year Award
    The Brooklyn South Surgical Training Program, Maimonides Medical Center

  • 2003 -
    Physician of The Year Award
    Pesha Elias Bikur Cholim D'Bobov

  • 2002 -
    Medical Leadership Award
    Aleh Foundation

  • 2000 -
    Physician of the Year Award
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center

  • 1998 -
    Dr. Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery Surgical Attending of the Year
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Surgery

  • 1997 -
    Arthur A. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery, Chief Resident
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

  • 1992 -
    Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award
    American Medical Women's Assoc

  • 1992 -
    Distinction in Research
    College of Medicine State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn

  • 1991 -
    Alpha Omega Alpha

  • 1990 -
    AOA Research Fellowship Award
    Transthyretin and Inflammation

  • 1987 -
    Transthyretin and the Acute Phase Reaction
    NIH Research Fellowship Award


Intervention of Immune tolerance by small molecules to enhance immune therapy


Miller AT, Swain GW, Widmar M, Divino CM. How Important are American Board of Surgery In Training Exam scores when applying for fellowships?. J Surg Educ. 2010 May-June; 67(3): 149-151.

Bowman K, Telem DA, Rosa-Hernandez J, Stein N, Williams R, Divino CM. Impact of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Presentation and Management of Ventral Hernias. Arch Surg 2010; 145(8): 776-780.

Liu E, Telem DA, Hwang J, Warner RR, Divino CM, Dikman A. The Clinical Utility of Ki-67 in assesing tumor biology and aggressiveness in patients with appendiceal carcinoids. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2010 September; 102(4): 338-341.

Telem DA, Buch KE, Ellis S, Coakley B, Divino CM. Integration of a formalized hand-off system into the surgical curriculum: Resident perspectives and early results. Arch Surg 2011 January; 146(1): 89-93.

Ozao-Choy J, Buch K, Lewis M, Chin EH, Divino CM, Warner RR, Harpaz N. Composite Glandular-Endocrine Tumor of the Stomach in Atrophic Gastritis, A Letter to the Editor. Am Surg 2010 November; 76(11): 1308-1309.

Colon MJ, Telem D, Mermelstein J, Divino CM, Weber KJ, Chin E. Completely Intracorporeal Retraction of the Gallbladder for Laparoendoscopic Single Site (LESS) Surgery. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2011 February; 21(1): 1-3.

Tabrizian P, Rajhbeharrysingh U, Khaitov S, Divino CM. Persistant Noncompliance with the Work Hour Regulation. Arch Surgery 2011; 146(2): 175-178.

Divino CM, Salky B. Training and Education in the USA. Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia 2010 Setembro; Serie N.0. (14): 37-38.

Choi J MD, Buch KE NP, Warner R MD, Divino CM MD. Atypical Lung Carcinoid Metastasis to Breast - A Case Report. Accepted in the Pancreas Journal;.

Chen S MD, Kalir D MD, Chin H MD, Coakley B MD, Ma G MD, Shibo F MD, Pan P MD, Eisenstein S MD, Divino CM MD. Paired Immunoglobin Like Receptor-B regulates the suppresive function and fate of myeloid derived suppressor cells IMMUNITY -D-10-00392R2. Accepted in the Principle in Immunity;.

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Dr. Divino did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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