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Gainosuke Sugiyama, MD ’05, appointed as SUNY Downstate Chief, General Surgery


Gainosuke “Gai” Sugiyama, MD ’05, associate professor of clinical surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been appointed Downstate division chief of General Surgery.

“Gai has been one of our most clinically and academically productive members of the surgical faculty since his recruitment in 2010, and is already well known to many in our UHB family,” said Antonio E. Alfonso, MD, Chairman & Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY Downstate, Department of Surgery.

A graduate of Downstate’s College of Medicine, Dr. Sugiyama completed his residency in general surgery at Downstate. He has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and national presentations on outcomes-based research, varied approaches to hernia repairs, and novel minimally invasive and robotic approaches in surgery.  He remains actively involved in medical research, with a continuing focus on robotic surgery and national database studies.  

He plays a major role in medical education at Downstate, serving as an associate professor, third-year surgery clerkship director, and co-director of the fourth-year surgery elective.  Dr. Sugiyama has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award for both 2013 and 2014, and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Recently he was honored by the graduating class of 2015 as the annual dedicatee of their Iatros yearbook.

Dr. Sugiyama sees patients in Suite I at University Hospital and can be reached by calling our call center at 718-270-7207 or his office at 718-270-6718.

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