LIPSG, NUMC, Stony Brook Program Set to Move Forward
GARDEN CITY, NY – The national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) had approved (2017) the new Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program hosted by Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), administered by Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) and in collaboration with Stony Brook Medicine (SBU).
“This new residency program is a unique public-private partnership that combines the resources of Nassau University Medical Center, Stony Brook Medicine and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, the oldest and largest plastic surgery private practice in the U.S.,” said Dr. Roger L. Simpson, Past President of LIPSG and Director of the Residency Training Programs in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NUMC/SBU.
“Plastic and reconstructive surgery is an essential medical service for people recovering from severe burns, cancer surgery, major traumatic injuries and babies with birth defects,” said Victor Politi MD, FACP, FACEP, past president and CEO of NuHealth/NUMC. “LIPSG, NUMC and SBUH each have a long and respected history as committed educators of skilled plastic surgeons and this new additional program is an important extension of that.”
NUMC is a teaching hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and a highly acclaimed, state-of-the-art regional Burn Center, and LIPSG is the oldest and largest plastic surgery private practice in the U.S., with its own plastic surgery residency program since 1954. The new Integrated residency program also benefits from the addition of Stony Brook Medicine as a partner.
“The robust support and participation of the three institutions will guarantee residents diverse experiences in state-of-the-art settings with devoted faculty who hold in the highest regard the mandate to teach everything from surgical basics to the most innovative surgical techniques,” said Dr. Roger L. Simpson. At NUMC, Dr. Simpson serves as Director of the hospital’s Residency Programs in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director of the renowned NUMC Burn Center, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chief of Hand Surgery.
“Residents accepted to this program will have the unique opportunity to get their plastic surgery training across three major institutions with approximately 30 different plastic surgeons,” said Alexander Dagum, MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Executive Vice Chair of Surgery and Co-Director of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center at Stony Brook Medicine. “There are many ways to reconstruct tissue after traumatic injury or surgery, and many ways to treat and solve reconstructive and plastic surgery challenges. This collaborative approach, and the wealth of knowledge and experience it offers, will create one of the most diverse programs in the country.”
Residents accepted to the newer Integrated program will receive six years of training in all aspects of surgery with specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery under the guidance and mentorship of faculty from all three organizations. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to also train in a large private practice (LIPSG) and residency opportunities at numerous other locations including NYU Winthrop Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.
Medical and surgical residencies are a vital component of healthcare, with residents providing the 24-hour on-site MD coverage found only in teaching hospitals.
The new Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program will accept one new resident per year for a total of six residents. It – like the existing Independent Residency Program at LIPSG – will be a highly-coveted training ground for plastic surgeons; the new program received more than 200 applications in the first week after the accreditation was approved.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the national organization that sets educational requirements and accredits post-MD medical training programs including residency and fellowship programs. The ACGME maintains rigorous requirements for accreditation to ensure excellence in health care and graduate medical education.
About Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG)
LIPSG comprises 22 plastic surgeons and is the oldest and largest private and academic plastic surgery practice in the United States. In 1954, the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group established its own plastic surgery residency program. Since its inception, the LIPSG Residency Program has trained more than 130 residents and 35 burn fellows, many of whom are now among the most respected and skilled plastic surgeons in the nation. LIPSG’s main facility is located in Garden City, NY, and the practice has additional offices in East Hills, Babylon, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Flushing, and Huntington. LIPSG also operates Deep Blue Med Spa, which offers clinically proved skin rejuvenation procedures, and Dr. STITCH, a 24/7 on-call service and hotline. LIPSG surgeons also do extensive international charity surgery work through their support of ReSurge International.
For additional information, please contact Jeanine DiGennaro of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group at (516) 629-3835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
999 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Originally published 7/17, Edited 10/20 to reflect current program information.