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Message from the Program Director
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Message from the Program Director

Peter Muscarella II, MD

The core purpose of Montefiore’s surgical residency training program is to prepare qualified surgical residents for careers as leaders in their selected specialties with a focus on education, innovation, and patient care. This mission is well aligned with the mission of our institution “to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve.” This is our guide for pursuing clinical excellence—breaking new ground in research, training the next generation of healthcare leaders, and delivering science-driven, patient-centered care. Our actions are the result of a deep belief in fairness to those we serve. We are committed to offering access to vital programs and exceptional care to all patients regardless of social or economic status, ethnicity, creed, gender, and sexual preference. Montefiore also advocates for government policies that ensure equitable access to all care – both primary and advanced specialty care.

Our trainees are taught in an environment that delivers world-class care to some of our most vulnerable and underserved populations. Upon completion of their training, we hope that our graduates will continue to embody the spirit of our mission during the next chapters of their careers.

The goal of our program is to be a locally and nationally recognized academic training program within a department that transforms the health and lives of our patients and community. As such, the following objectives for our graduates have been established:

  1. to be capable of independent practice in the inpatient and/or the outpatient setting
  2. to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior with regard to their patients, the communities they serve, the medical profession and society at large
  3. to recognize and embrace the diversity of their patients, their communities and their colleagues
  4. be proficient in searching and critically analyzing the medical literature to optimize care for their patients and continuously advance their knowledge
  5. to review their performance regularly, to promote continuous improvement
  6. to share their knowledge and skills within their chosen professional specialty (e.g. patient care, education, research, population health, health policy, health administration)

Peter Muscarella II, MD
Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Phone: 718-696-2582