WELCOME to the Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Contact: 8141 University Hospital
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-5549
Photo of Dr. Robert Cooney, MD
Robert N. Cooney, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery

Chairman's Message

On behalf of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, I want to personally welcome you to our website. The Department of Surgery at Upstate dates back to 1872 when Dr. Frederick Hyde served as the first Chair of Surgery at what was then the Syracuse University College of Medicine. The tradition of excellence started by Dr. Hyde continues in the work of over 80 faculty, residents, and staff at what is now Upstate Medical University. Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research, and health care.

The surgical faculty at Upstate is composed of a diverse group of general surgeons, subspecialists and researchers. We specialize in treating complicated illnesses and conditions serving as a regional referral center for central New York’s population of over two million people. Our general surgery residency training program attracts outstanding students from medical schools around the country and graduates five chief residents per year. The operative experience of our trainees is extensive and diverse including rotations at Upstate University Hospital at Downtown Campus and Community Campus, Crouse Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and St. Josephs. Many residents pursue research opportunities as part of their surgical training at Upstate and are recognized nationally for their clinically important research contributions.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about all aspects of the department's functions including patient care, education and research. There is information about our clinical services and faculty for patients or referring physicians who may wish to obtain contact information for one of our outstanding specialists. If you are a student or researcher there is information available about our educational and research programs. If the information you seek is not easily found on our site, please contact the Department of Surgery. Thank you for visiting the Department of Surgery at Upstate Medical University.

With best personal regards,

Robert N Cooney, MD
Professor and Chairman