Chief , Division of General Surgery
Dr. Amory received his medical training from Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities. He developed techniques in laparoscopic cholecystectomy that enabled his group to have the lowest open cholecystectomy rates in the state. In addition, Dr. Amory has earned a reputation for his diagnostic acumen in complex surgical problems and for highly individualized and personalized care. In recognition of his exceptional care of patients, collegiality with peers, and outstanding outcomes, Dr. Amory was awarded the the 2014 Jerry Gliklich Award for Exemplary Clinical Care, formerly "Practitioner of the Year" award, by the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Society of Practitioners.
Dr. Geller has practiced surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center since 1987. His surgical expertise includes open and laparoscopic surgery of the abdomen, including the gall bladder, stomach, colon, rectum, and small intestine, as well as the breast and lymph nodes. During the past decade, Dr. Geller developed a particular interest in the repair of abdominal wall hernias, and he now focuses his practice exclusively in this area. He is Director of the Columbia University Hernia Center, Attending Surgeon in the Division of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Geller is currently involved in research regarding the use of botulinum toxin in the repair of abdominal wall hernias where abdominal space has been compromised.
Zachary L. Gleit, MD, has served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center since 2001 and Director of Surgery at the Allen Hospital since 2008. After completing his undergraduate education at Harvard College, he received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School/ Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, followed by surgical training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. He traveled to Ethiopia in 1998 as part of a humanitarian mission with Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Gleit’s surgical practice in the Hernia Center and in the Division of General Surgery includes hernia repair, gall bladder surgery, colorectal surgery, appendectomy, and splenectomy.
Afterr growing up in South Florida, Dr. Hochman received her B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard College, magna cum laude. She then interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, before completing her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons.
She remained in Washington Heights for her general surgery residency training at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, during which time she served as co-administrative chief resident in general surgery. She then completed fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care and was an Instructor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hochman’s clinical interests include the full spectrum of trauma, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care, and she will be attending both on the Acute Care Surgery service and in the Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units. She is also highly interested in medical student and resident education, including international medical opportunities. To date, she has participated in medical educational opportunities in Peru, Chile, Sweden, India, and Kenya.
Though she has published in a variety of clinical sources and completed Clinical Research Certification at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Dr. Hochman’s research interests lie in collaborative efforts in translational medicine, having recently served as a clinical fellow in the BIOLines Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
Amanda J. Powers, MD is Assistant Professor of Surgery (in Anesthesiology) as of August 1, 2014. Dr. Powers has practiced at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center since 2006, where she completed her general surgery residency.
She served as an attending physician in the Department of Surgery, Acute Care Surgery Division during 2011, followed by a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive surgery in 2012. Since that time she has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery while completing her Clinical Fellowship in with the Department of Anesthesiology this year.
With training in laparoscopic surgery and critical care, Dr. Powers forged an innovative path allowing her to integrate the ICU into the acute care model.
Lawrence Hospital Center in Westchester, New York
Dr. Chefitz is a Board-certified surgeon, specializing in laparoscopic surgery and the use of biomaterials, with interests in hernia and breast research. He received his surgical training from Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his medical training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester. He also has extensive experience in surgical quality assurance.
Dr. Goel completed his medical degree and internship in India, followed by residencies in West Virginia and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. He completed his first fellowship at the Department of Plastic Surgery/Burn at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, and a second fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.
His appointments prior to arriving at Columbia include Attending Surgeon at WestMed Medical Group and at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Goel received the 2014 Attending Teaching Award at Harlem Hospital Center, and was named Outstanding Resident Teacher three years in a row at Montefiore Medical Center (2005 – 2007). Dr. Goel has a special interest in abdominal wall hernia repair and bowel wall reconstruction.