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General Surgery

Chief Residents


Lori Defreest, M.D.
Albany Medical College

 

Sherazuddin Qureshi, M.D.
New York Medical College


Nikolaos Zacharias, M.D.
University of Athens Medical School   

As current Chief Residents, we welcome all incoming residents and applicants. The surgical program at Albany Medical Center provides excellent training in General Surgery. Residents work one-on-one with surgeons specializing in breast, colon and rectal, minimally invasive, pediatric, oncologic, transplant, trauma, and vascular surgery. The residents also have a superior operative experience in all areas of General Surgery. Chief Residents graduate with over 1000 cases,  over 350 cases performed during the Chief Resident year alone. These cases range from open hernia repair to living-related renal transplant to laparoscopic gastric bypass for obesity to Whipple resection for pancreatic lesions. Residents are first exposed to operative surgery in their Intern year, with increasing levels of responsibility throughout training. The vast majority of General Surgery cases are performed by the resident with the Attending Surgeons assisting, providing instruction and feedback. Over the past 5 years, our graduates have had a 100% pass rate on the American Board of Surgery qualifying exam and have placed in desirable fellowship positions around the country.

Please feel free to contact us or any other of the residents
if you have any further questions about our training program. 

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