Joseph Thomas Vazzana, MD, FACS — General Surgeon

Greenwood Lake, NY— Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Joseph Vazzana is acknowledged as a Pinnacle Life Healthcare Professional for his contributions to the field of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Dr. Vazzana pursued higher education at New York University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Psychology, minoring in Chemistry. He then attended S.U.N.Y Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn where he received a medical degree. The doctor completed a general surgical residency at the University of Buffalo; a research fellowship in vascular and solid tumors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York; and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Vazzana is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and explained that the ABS is an independent, non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge. The doctor works within the Department of Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center as a general surgeon and notes that it is the premier academic medical center and the primary teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York City. He specializes in bariatric; abdominal wall hernia repair; and colorectal surgeries and is affiliated with Montefiore Weiler Hospital; Montefiore Greene Medical Arts Pavilion; Montefiore at 1250 Waters Place; Montefiore Wakefield Campus; St. Johns Riverside Hospital Dobbs Ferry; St. Johns Riverside Hospital; and St. Johns Riverside Boyce.

The doctor is highly sought after for his vast knowledge of the field and serves as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. He said that general surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including the esophagus; stomach; small bowel; colon; liver; pancreas; gallbladder; appendix and bile ducts; and often the thyroid gland. As a general surgeon, Dr. Vazzana performs a wide range of abdominal surgeries for many forms of intestinal and abdominal wall neoplasms; gallbladder disease; and gastric and pancreatic disease and follows the patient through critical care and surgical recovery all the way to outpatient care.

Dedicated to provide the latest innovations in the field, Dr. Vazzana is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Surgery. While reflecting on his career, the doctor contributes much of his success to his mentors, Norman Sas, MD; William Scott Melvin, MD; Diego Cammacho, MD; and Anibal Puente, MD.

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