Vaughn E Whittaker, MD

Vaughn E Whittaker, MD
Appointed 01/13/14
2W Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown
  • Community

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Surgery: General Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Transplant Services


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 2010, Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Residency: Harlem Hospital, 2008, General Surgery
  • MBBS: University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 1996, Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor Surgery

Previous Appointments

  • Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, 2008–2010
  • St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY, 2010–2014
  • Roosevelt Hospital, NYC, 2010–2014

Clinical Interests

  • Solid Organ Transplantation 

    Hepatobiliary Surgery 

    General and Acute Care Surgery

Education Interests

  • Large Dataset and Public Health

Research Interests

  • To investigate the disparities affect access to transplantation 

Specialties & Certification

  • General Surgery
  • Transplant

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Injuries
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases
  • Groin Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Renal Transplant


  • Adults and Children


  • Abdominal Colectomy
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hemicolectomy
  • Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Medical Society of The State of New York
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

10/17/14 A kidney transplant story

8/6/14 News from the transplant team

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