Residency Training in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery


Stony Brook University Medical Center
John J. Ricotta, MD, Chief of Surgery

Stony Brook University Medical Center, which opened in 1980, serves the health care needs of the residents of Long Island. The hospital is the only tertiary care center in Suffolk County and serves as a regional center for advanced patient care, education, research and community service. In 1996, it was recognized as one of the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the United States and among the "100 Top Hospitals" by HCIA, the nation's leading health care benchmarking firm.

The hospital consists of 504 beds with nine intensive care units dedicated to anesthesia, burn, cardiovascular, coronary, pediatric, medical, surgical and transplant patients. A fully equipped neonatal intensive care unit provides the only tertiary care services for premature and newborn infants in Suffolk County.

The lower five network floors house the surgical suite, radiotherapy, ambulatory clinics, admitting departments, blood banks, renal dialysis units, physical therapy, and ancillary services. More specialized services include an eight-bed Burn Center, radiotherapy unit, an organ transplant unit, a cardiovascular intensive care unit, premature nursery center, and a nuclear medicine diagnostic and treatment center.

Three specially equipped vans, including a mobile intensive care unit capable of transporting up to six critically injured patients at once, are available for inter-hospital transfer of critically ill patients and neonatal special care referrals. A heliport and a dedicated Suffolk County Police helicopter are available for trauma and emergency transport by airlift.

The operating suite contains 15 major operating rooms, including three rooms dedicated to open heart surgery and two laminar-flow "clean" rooms for the most acute orthopedic operations. There are also two cystoscopy rooms equipped for radiography, and a dedicated trauma room. The operating rooms have state-of-the-art provisions for laser surgery and videoscopic surgery, as well as for the more intricate operations performed by all of the specialized surgical services at University Medical Center.

University Medical Center offers the most sophisticated instrumentation and computerized physiological monitoring systems available. Medical and surgical services include a full array of highly specialized diagnostic and treatment techniques.

In the course of a year, University Medical Center cares for more than 25,000 inpatients, and about 510,000 patients visit the medical center for physician care and ambulatory diagnostic and treatment services.

As a Level I Trauma Center, University Medical Center currently treats about 45,290 people per year for a variety of medical, surgical, and pediatric emergencies. The Department of Emergency Medicine has its own attached radiology suite, in addition to a designated trauma room with immediate access to a fully-equipped operating suite, allowing for prompt and intensive care of multiple trauma patients.

Among the range of services provided are cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, electrophysiological studies, complete renal services, endoscopy, hematology studies, detailed analysis of allergic and immune disorders, and diagnostic and interventional radiology. Lithotripsy, laser surgery, ophthalmic laser treatment, and nuclear medicine are also offered.

University Medical Center's clinical laboratories offer extensive services to patients. They include diagnostic radiology imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, stereotactic core breast biopsy, special procedures, interventional radiology and nuclear medicine. In addition, University Medical Center provides clinical neurophysiology monitoring and testing, gastroenterological services, pulmonary function studies, respiratory care, vascular diagnostic services, and the full range of physical and occupational therapies.

Stony Brook is committed to advancing women's medicine. The new Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, located nearby University Medical Center, includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, comprehensive surgical services, complete counseling and referral services, and a strong research component. An interdisciplinary focus allows patients to consult with oncology and reconstructive surgeons, medical oncologists and counselors all in the same day.

Of special interest to surgical residents is the new Surgical Care Center. This facility, located next to the Breast Care Center, provides a wide range of outpatient and ambulatory care for adults and children. It houses state-of-the-art equipment, procedure and recovery units to support diagnostic and minor surgical intervention, consultation and exam suites and support services—all in an environment reflective of the best that Stony Brook has to offer.

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