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New Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program Receives National Accreditation

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP                                           Michael B. Mirotznik, Esq.,

President/CEO                                                                               Chairman Board of Directors


July 19, 2017



Shelley Lotenberg




East Meadow, NY – The national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved a new Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program hosted by Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), administered by Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) and in collaboration with Stony Brook University Hospital.

“Plastic and reconstructive surgery is an essential medical service for people recovering from severe burns, cancer surgery, major traumatic injuries and babies with birth defects,” said Victor Politi MD, FACP, FACEP, president and CEO of NuHealth/NUMC. “LIPSG and NUMC each have a long and respected history as committed educators of skilled plastic surgeons and this new program is an important extension of that.”

NUMC is a teaching hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and a highly acclaimed, state-of-the-art regional Burn Center, and LIPSG is the oldest and largest plastic surgery private practice in the U.S., with its own plastic surgery residency program since 1954. This new residency program also benefits from the addition of Stony Brook University Hospital as a partner.

“The robust support and participation of the three institutions will guarantee residents diverse experiences in state-of-the-art settings with devoted faculty who hold in the highest regard the mandate to teach everything from surgical basics to the most innovative surgical techniques,” said Dr. Roger L. Simpson, President of LIPSG and Director of the LIPSG Residency Training Program. At NUMC, Dr. Simpson serves as Director of the hospital’s Residency Program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director of the renowned NUMC Burn Center, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chief of Hand Surgery.

“Residents admitted to this program will have the unique opportunity to get their plastic surgery training across three major institutions with approximately 30 different plastic surgeons,” said Alexander Dagum, MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Executive Vice Chair of Surgery and Co-Director of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. “There are many ways to reconstruct tissue after traumatic injury or surgery, and many ways to treat and solve reconstructive and plastic surgery challenges. This collaborative approach, and the wealth of knowledge and experience it offers, will create one of the most diverse programs in the country.”

Residents accepted to the new program will receive six years of training in all aspects of surgery with specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery under the guidance and mentorship of faculty from all three organizations. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to also train in a large private practice (LIPSG) and residency opportunities at numerous other locations including NYU Winthrop Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.

Medical and surgical residencies are a vital component of healthcare, with residents providing the 24-hour on-site MD coverage found only in teaching hospitals.

The new Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program will accept one new resident per year for a total of six residents and is expected to commence in early July. It – like the existing Independent Residency Program at LIPSG – will be a highly-coveted training ground for plastic surgeons; the new program received more than 300 applications in the first week after the accreditation was approved.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the national organization that sets educational requirements and accredits post-MD medical training programs including residency and fellowship programs. The ACGME maintains rigorous requirements for accreditation to ensure excellence in health care and graduate medical education.

About Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG)

LIPSG comprises 20 plastic surgeons and is the oldest and largest private and academic plastic surgery practice in the United States. 1954, the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group established its own plastic surgery residency program. Since its inception, the LIPSG Residency Program has trained more than 125 residents and 33 burn fellows, many of whom are now among the most respected and skilled plastic surgeons in the nation. LIPSG’s main facility is located in Garden City, NY, and the practice has additional offices in East Hills, Babylon, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Flushing, and Huntington. LIPSG also operates Deep Blue Med Spa, which offers clinically proved skin rejuvenation procedures, and Dr. STITCH, a 24/7 on-call service and hotline. LIPSG surgeons also do extensive international charity surgery work through their support of ReSurge International.

NuHealth is a Long Island health care organization delivering essential medical care and disease and lifestyle management to everyone at every stage of life.  Also known as Nassau Health Care Corporation, NuHealth is a public benefit corporation managing the operations of Nassau Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care and a network of Family Health Centers that bring primary and specialty care out into the community.  By emphasizing wellness, cultural sensitivity and collaborative efforts with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NuHealth is working to make good care more affordable and easier to access.

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