Crouse Hospital

736 Irving Avenue / Syracuse, NY
315-470-7582

General Surgery Surgeons

Akbar Ahmed, MD

Akbar Ahmed, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

Akbar Ahmed, MD, is a graduate of the Dayaram Jethamal Sindh Government Science College, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Intermediate Science Pre-med. Dr. Ahmed holds his medical degree from Dow Medical College Karachi, Pakistan. He completed surgical residencies at Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan; Interfaith Medical Center, State University, Downstate, Brooklyn; and North General Hospital, Mt. Sinai, New York. Dr. Ahmed completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Royal College of Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow (UK); and a member of the Onondaga County Medical Society.



Kenneth Cooper, DO

Kenneth Cooper, DO

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – Bariatric Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

Crouse is the first Syracuse hospital to offer single-site robotic surgery for gallbladder removal, and Dr. Cooper is the first Syracuse surgeon trained to perform the minimally invasive procedure. He is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the State University of New York - Upstate Medical University. Dr. Cooper is board certified and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.



Jeffrey DeSimone, MD

Jeffrey DeSimone, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – Bariatric Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of American adults have gallstone disease. About one million new cases are diagnosed every year, and approximately 800,000 operations are performed to treat gallstones � making gallstone disease the most common gastrointestinal disorder to require hospitalization. Dr. DeSimone is now using robotic technology for gallbladder removal, which requires just one tiny incision in the navel. Dr. DeSimone received his medical training at Georgetown University Medical College and completed his Fellowship at State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. He is board- certified and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.



Steven Gelb, MD

Steven Gelb, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

Steven Gelb, MD, has joined Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery, affiliated with Crouse Health. Dr. Gelb, board eligible in general surgery, comes to Crouse from Baystate Medical Center, the regional campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as Chief Surgical Resident. Previously, he was a Surgical Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He performs both minimally invasive and robotic general surgery.

Dr. Gelb earned his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He received a B.A. in economics, with a minor in biology, from the University of Rochester. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at the Tufts University School of Medicine and as a Resident Educator of Junior Residents at Baystate Medical Center Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Laboratory. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and American Medical Association.

From his research and practice abroad in Israel, Palestine and the Philippines from 2009 to 2013, Dr. Gelb brings an international healthcare perspective to Central New York. His work overseas included a multinational, multidisciplinary and mission-affiliated experience with Smile Train, a global children’s charity that provides cleft lip and palate surgeries. He is fluent in Romanian with a knowledge of French, Spanish and Hebrew.



Taewan Kim, MD

Taewan Kim, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – Bariatric Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

Taewan Kim, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon, with a specialty in bariatric surgery. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY, where he also completed his general surgery residency and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Kim holds his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from New York University. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.



Benjamin Sadowitz, MD

Benjamin Sadowitz, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

Benjamin Sadowitz, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon and partner in Central New York Surgical Physicians, P.C. A Central New York native, he earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he also completed his general surgery internship and residency. He also completed a fellowship in advanced gastrointestinal and hepatopancreaticobiliary at Florida Hospital Tampa. Dr. Sadowitz is a member of the American College of Surgeons.


James Sartori, MD

James Sartori, MD

Practice: Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery
Phone: (315) 470-7364
Web site: http://www.crousemed.com

James Sartori, MD, is a member of the Crouse Medical Practice – General Surgery practice. He is a Syracuse University alumni who earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kapa. He earned his medical degree at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Sartori also completed his general surgery internship, residency and chief residency at SUNY Health Science Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of Onondaga County Medical Society, American Medical Association and the Central NY Surgical Society.



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