Dr. John J. Ricotta joined the Department's faculty in June 1997. He came to Stony Brook from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was professor of surgery, chief of the vascular surgery division, and chief of surgery at the Millard Fillmore Hospital.
In addition to his departmental duties, Dr. Ricotta is chief of surgery of Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Dr. Ricotta is a practicing vascular surgeon with active research interests in all aspects of vascular surgery, particularly in cerebrovascular disease. He has received a number of awards and honors. He was named among our region's best in the 1996–97 edition of the Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region, and was recognized by Good Housekeeping in 1997 as one of the top vascular surgeons in the country for his expertise in cerebrovascular disease. In 2001–06, he was selected for inclusion in the Castle Connolly Guide, America's Top Doctors.
A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Ricotta received his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a surgical residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital during which time he had advanced training in vascular surgery at Walter Reed Army Hospital and in thoracic surgery at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and is board certified with special competency in vascular surgery.
Prior to his position in Buffalo, he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester where from 1980 to 1988 he was an assistant professor and later an associate professor. During his tenure at the University of Rochester, he was also the director of the kidney transplant program and the organ procurement organization.
Dr. Ricotta is a member of numerous professional societies and has served as the president of the Rochester Vascular Society, the Western New York Vascular Society, the Eastern Vascular Society, and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He is a member of both the Stroke Council and the Council of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Disease of the American Heart Association.
He has been an examiner for the American Board of Surgery, and has served on the Executive Committee for the Association of Program Directors in General Vascular Surgery.
An active academic surgeon, Dr. Ricotta serves on the editorial board of four national and international journals in his specialty, is the author or co-author of more than 200 publications, and has received local, regional and national peer-reviewed funding for his work in cardiovascular disease.