Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year 

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Randall Owen, MD
[email protected]

Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:

Ms. Zuinda Feliz-Leon
Program Coordinator
[email protected]


Ms. Zuinda Feliz-Leon
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1259
New York, New York 10029

Objectives of the Program:

The main objective of the Mount Sinai Endocrine Surgery Fellowship program is to train the next generation of endocrine surgeons. Fellows receive broad exposure to all aspects of endocrine surgery with an emphasis on the AAES core curriculum for endocrine surgery, minimal access techniques and head & neck cancer surgery.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

In Sept 2013, the Mount Sinai Medical Center acquired 5 NYC hospitals to become the Mount Sinai Health System, the largest healthcare organization in New York City with 37,000 employees. To capitalize on the immense educational opportunity, the Mount Sinai endocrine surgery fellow is able to perform surgery and see patients at several sites in Manhattan and Queens. Four fellowship-trained endocrine surgery attendings continually collaborate through health system-wide endocrine tumor boards, research and quality initiatives. The fellow will be exposed to the following:

  1. Minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid procedures (local anesthesia, video-endoscopic, trans-oral techniques, nerve monitoring) as well as conventional approaches
  2. Laparoscopic/robotic adrenalectomy (transabdominal and retroperitoneal) as well as open adrenalectomy for ACC
  3. Hepatic and pancreas endocrine surgical oncology (RFA/resection neuroendocrine hepatic metastases, carcinoid, islet cell tumors)
  4. Office-based procedures (cervical ultrasonography, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration, fiberoptic laryngoscopy)
  5. Head and neck oncology (neck dissection, parotid, melanoma, squamous cell cancer)
  6. Multidisciplinary Endocrine Neoplasia Center office hours and conferences [which includes the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center (staffed by endocrine surgery, endocrinology, cytopathology, nuclear medicine and medical oncology) and The Adrenal Center (staffed by endocrinology, endocrine surgery, cardiology, medical oncology and other ancillary specialists)].

The Fellow has one protected academic/research day per week, participates in several clinical research projects during the year and is expected to present at a national meeting, generally AAES, IAES, SAGES, ACS. To facilitate the production of academic videos, the fellow is provided with access to professional quality video recording and editing equipment. The fellow is expected to assist in writing review articles and book chapters. The fellow presents Grand Rounds to the Department of Surgery and/or at other venues and plays an active role in the education of Mount Sinai residents and medical students.

International Medical Graduates -  our program is able to accept a fellow who:

holds an immigrant visa, J-1 visa, H1-B visa

Fellow must be American Board of Surgery eligible or certified:


Fellow must be able to obtain a full (unrestricted) state license:

Yes - New York

Special Considerations:

Applicants with J-1 Visas are eligible, assuming the requirements on their visa are in line with completion of the fellowship.

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Previous Fellows:


Leon Kushnir, MD 2010-11
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Inspira Health Network, Vineland.
Clinical Director of Surgical Services
IMG Surgical Associates.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery, Rowan-School of Medicine
Vineland, NJ

Barnard J.G. Palmer, MD, M.Ed 2011-12
Associate Professor Surgery
Program Director
USCF-East Bay General Surgery Residency Program
Oakland, CA

Meena Said, MD 2012-13
Attending Surgeon
Los Angeles, CA

Rohan Joseph, MD 2013-14
Clinical Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Director, Capital Regional Medical Cancer Center
Tallahassee, FL

Gustavo Fernandez-Ranvier, MD 2014-15
Associate Professor of Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital
Assistant Program Director, Endocrine Surgery Fellowship
New York, NY

Aida Taye, MD 2015-2016
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital
New York, NY

Timo Hakkerainen, MD 2016-17
Attending Surgeon
EvergreenHealth Medical Center
Kirkland, Washington

Anna Aronova, MD 2017-2018
Attending Surgeon
Northwell Health Network
Mt. Kisco, NY

Irene Lu, MD 2018-2019
Attending Surgeon
Brooklyn Hospital Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai Hospital
Brooklyn, NY

Marissa Mencio, MD 2019-2020
Attending Surgeon
Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown
Nashville, TN

Elliot Scott, MD, 2020-2021
Attending Surgeon
Baton Rouge, LA