General Surgery Residency

General Surgery Residency

About the Program

Our goal is to create a Surgery Residency Program that is sustainable and enduring with lasting effects beyond the population that we serve in Central Florida. Empowering tomorrow’s leaders in surgery through a faith based, multi-dimensional training environment that will provide them with the skills to meet their future needs.

Misson:  Aspire for excellence, serve with compassion, live with purpose

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Scott M. Bloom, MD
General Surgery Program Director

Faculty

of AdventHealth Medical Education

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    Bernadette Profeta, MD, FACS
    General Surgery
    Bernadette Profeta, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon who consults with patients at AdventHealth Medical Group’s surgical specialty offices in east Orlando. Patients are frequently referred to her care due to her expertise in minimally invasive surgical procedures to address swallowing disorders; paraesophageal, inguinal and ventral hernias; and gastrointestinal and solid organ diseases. A recipient of the Chief Resident Hands of a Surgeon Award and numerous “Top Docs” honors, she is a recognized leader in her field and active member of multiple medical societies. She earned her medical degree and completed her general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and capped her medical training with a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.
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    Francisco Couto, MD
    General Surgery
    Francisco Couto, MD, is board certified in general surgery with advanced training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal disorders and weight loss. Dr. Couto earned his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital, and underwent advanced training in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at Greenville Hospital System/University of South Carolina. Dr. Couto is fluent in English and Spanish.
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    Timothy S. McElveen, MD, FACS
    General surgeon
    Timothy Steve McElveen, MD, FACS, joined AdventHealth Medical Group from AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, SC, where he was a general surgeon for over 20 years and previously served as the hospital’s Chief of Staff. He is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and was a William Douglas Memorial Scholarship recipient while earning his medical degree at the USC School of Medicine. Dr. McElveen undertook his internship training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and his general surgery residency at Georgia Baptist and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia, respectively. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1997 and is a highly rated surgeon with outstanding patient reviews.
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    Joshua Goldberg, MD
    General Surgery
    Dr. Goldberg, MD is a practicing Surgeon in Orlando, FL. Dr. Goldberg graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1998 and has been in practice for 21 years. He completed a residency at University of Colorado Denver Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Goldberg also specializes in Critical Care Medicine. He currently practices at AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Orlando and is affiliated with Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare, and Ambetter Superior Health Plan.
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    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
    Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director
    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and AdventHealth Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.
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    Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
    Director of Academic Surgery/Associate Program Director
    Dr. Eubanks came to AdventHealth Orlando in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to AdventHealth Orlando. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.
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    Alric Simmonds Jr, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon
    Dr. Simmonds was the second member of the faculty to join our residency program. He came on board in August of 2006 and was essential in the first year of recruiting for our new program. Dr. Simmonds obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He completed residency training at Howard University Hospital. He was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health/Heart Lung & Blood Institute to become a National Health Disparities Scholar for two years in which he completed post-doctoral research through the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Simmonds holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Simmonds is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Simmonds holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.
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    Clinical Faculty
    Subspecialty Surgeons
    In addition to our core faculty, we have subspecialty surgeons in excess of over fifty members from all the surgical specialties medical staff of AdventHealth Orlando and for the trauma rotation at Orlando Health. ACUTE CARE/SICU/CRITICAL CARE Marcus Darrabie, MD Joshua Goldberg, MD CARDIOTHORACIC: Joseph Boyer, MD CARDIAC – Faculty ICU: R. Eduardo Oliveira, MD Maria Carrillo, MD Mohammad Hmadeh, MD Hany Farag, MD Khaled Fernainy, MD Ala Haddadin, MD Sonja Dickens, MD Robyn Lagina, MD Jason Johnson, MD Marcus Darrabie, MD Martin Cearras, MD Yasser Samra, DO Okorie Okoire, MD Amay Parikh, MD COLON & RECTAL: Justin Kelly, MD Matthew R. Albert, MD Jeremy Drake, MD George Nassif, DO ENDOCRINE James Bekeny, MD Bruce Haughley, MD J. Scott Magnuson, MD Michael Seidman, MD GASTROENTEROLOGY: GI Maryam R. Kashi, DO Ilan Aharoni, MD Irteza Inayat, MD Moin Kola.MD GENERAL SURGERY: Timothy Childers, MD Thomas K. Mahan, MD Roberto Posada, MD Daniel G. Vanuno, MD GENERAL SURGERY (EAST): Jeffrey Chiu, MD Bernadette Profeta, MD GENERAL SURGERY (WINTER PARK) Enrique Vega, MD Christopher Olukoga, MD PEDIATRC SURGERY: Christopher Anderson, MD Aleksander Bernshteyn, MD W. Raleigh Thompson, MD PLASTIC SURGERY: Arthur Debaise, MD SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Sebastian De La Fuente MD, TRANSPLANT: Michael Angelis, MD Lawrence “Thomas” Chin, MD Bobby N. Nibhadupuddy, MD Giridhar Vedula, MD Donald Botta, MD TRAUMA/ ICU BURN Indermeet “Lenny” Bhullar, MD Michael Cheatham, MD Anthony Gielow, DO William Havron, MD Stephen Hersperger, MD Joseph Ibrahim, MD Matthew Lube, MD Howard Smith, MD Chad Smith, MD VASCULAR: Mohammed Abbasi, MD Donald Botta, MD Manuel Perez-Izquierdo, MD Mark E. Ranson, MD David Varnagy, MD Alan R. Wladis, MD Robert Winter, MD
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    Scott M. Bloom, MD
    General Surgery Program Director
    Dr. Scott W. Bloom is a board-certified general surgeon and educator. His dedication to the field of surgery has been recognized by numerous awards and distinctions, including the University of British Columbia's H. Rocke Robertson Award for Undergraduate Surgical Education and, for five years in a row, the Staten Island University Hospital Attending Physician of the Year award. As an attending surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Bloom held multiple leadership positions, including Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director, General Surgery and Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program. His Expertise is grounded n in-depth medical and scientific research published in many distinguished North American peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Bloom is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.
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    Jeffrey C. Chiu, MD
    General Surgeon
    Jeffrey C. Chiu, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with AdventHealth Medical Group in Orlando. He performs all types of general surgery procedures, with a special emphasis on minimally invasive approaches to breast, endocrine and gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Chiu earned his medical degree at the Florida State University College of Medicine and undertook his general surgery residency at Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) in Orlando, where he himself was born.
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    Collin Tully, MD
    General Surgeon
    Collin Tully, MD, is board eligible in general surgery. Dr. Tully received his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Ohio where he achieved the rank of Chief Resident and gained extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. Dr. Tully is a member of the American College of Surgeons. Specialties:•Complex hernia repair, •Foregut surgery, •Hernia surgery, •Abdominal wall reconstruction, •Umbilical hernia, •Inguinal hernia, •General surgery, •Endocrine surgery (thyroid and parathyroid surgery), •Gastrointestinal surgery, •Laparoscopic surgery, •Minimally invasive surgery, •Robotic surgery, •Colorectal surgery
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    Enrique Vega, MD
    General Surgeon
    Enrique Vega, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal, breast and skin cancers as well as thyroid, parathyroid and hernia repair surgeries. An award-winning member of the esteemed surgical team at AdventHealth Medical Group in Central Florida, he receives many referrals from area physicians whose patients require surgical intervention to address problems with the gallbladder, spleen, adrenal glands, breast, endocrine glands, and gastrointestinal tract. A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, he completed dual residencies in general surgery at Loma Linda University and Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) in Orlando and another residency in family medicine, also at AdventHealth Orlando.
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    Christopher Olukoga, MD
    General Surgeon
    Christopher Olukoga, MD, is an award-winning general surgeon who consults with patients at AdventHealth Medical Group’s surgical practice in Winter Park. Specializing in general surgery, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, and surgery to address conditions within the breast, endocrine glands, gastrointestinal system and foregut, he also provides simple to complex hernia correction procedures. A patient favorite who has been tapped as a Top Surgeon candidate and “Health Care Hero” in recent polls, he is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. After graduating with his medical degree from the University of Benin College of Medical Sciences, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he received the Chairman’s Outstanding Graduating Chief Surgery Resident Award. He capped his medical training with a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
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    Alexandros Coutsoumpos, MD
    General Surgeon
    Dr. Alexandros Coutsoumpos is a general surgeon with advanced training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. After receiving his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in general surgery, achieving the rank of Chief Resident. Dr. Coutsoumpos speaks Spanish, basic French and Haitian Creole, and he has a passion for overseas mission work in areas such as Malawi and Haiti.
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      Bernadette Profeta, MD, FACS
      General Surgery

      Bernadette Profeta, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon who consults with patients at AdventHealth Medical Group’s surgical specialty offices in east Orlando. Patients are frequently referred to her care due to her expertise in minimally invasive surgical procedures to address swallowing disorders; paraesophageal, inguinal and ventral hernias; and gastrointestinal and solid organ diseases. A recipient of the Chief Resident Hands of a Surgeon Award and numerous “Top Docs” honors, she is a recognized leader in her field and active member of multiple medical societies. She earned her medical degree and completed her general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and capped her medical training with a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

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      Francisco Couto, MD
      General Surgery

      Francisco Couto, MD, is board certified in general surgery with advanced training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal disorders and weight loss. Dr. Couto earned his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital, and underwent advanced training in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at Greenville Hospital System/University of South Carolina. Dr. Couto is fluent in English and Spanish.

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      Timothy S. McElveen, MD, FACS
      General surgeon

      Timothy Steve McElveen, MD, FACS, joined AdventHealth Medical Group from AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, SC, where he was a general surgeon for over 20 years and previously served as the hospital’s Chief of Staff. He is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and was a William Douglas Memorial Scholarship recipient while earning his medical degree at the USC School of Medicine. Dr. McElveen undertook his internship training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and his general surgery residency at Georgia Baptist and Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia, respectively. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1997 and is a highly rated surgeon with outstanding patient reviews.

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      Joshua Goldberg, MD
      General Surgery

      Dr. Goldberg, MD is a practicing Surgeon in Orlando, FL. Dr. Goldberg graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1998 and has been in practice for 21 years. He completed a residency at University of Colorado Denver Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Goldberg also specializes in Critical Care Medicine. He currently practices at AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Orlando and is affiliated with Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare, and Ambetter Superior Health Plan.

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      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
      Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director

      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and AdventHealth Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.

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      Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
      Director of Academic Surgery/Associate Program Director

      Dr. Eubanks came to AdventHealth Orlando in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to AdventHealth Orlando. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.

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      Alric Simmonds Jr, MD, FACS
      General Surgeon

      Dr. Simmonds was the second member of the faculty to join our residency program. He came on board in August of 2006 and was essential in the first year of recruiting for our new program. Dr. Simmonds obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He completed residency training at Howard University Hospital. He was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health/Heart Lung & Blood Institute to become a National Health Disparities Scholar for two years in which he completed post-doctoral research through the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Simmonds holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Simmonds is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Simmonds holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.

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      Clinical Faculty
      Subspecialty Surgeons

      In addition to our core faculty, we have subspecialty surgeons in excess of over fifty members from all the surgical specialties medical staff of AdventHealth Orlando and for the trauma rotation at Orlando Health.

      ACUTE CARE/SICU/CRITICAL CARE
      Marcus Darrabie, MD
      Joshua Goldberg, MD

      CARDIOTHORACIC:
      Joseph Boyer, MD

      CARDIAC – Faculty ICU:
      R. Eduardo Oliveira, MD
      Maria Carrillo, MD
      Mohammad Hmadeh, MD
      Hany Farag, MD
      Khaled Fernainy, MD
      Ala Haddadin, MD
      Sonja Dickens, MD
      Robyn Lagina, MD
      Jason Johnson, MD
      Marcus Darrabie, MD
      Martin Cearras, MD
      Yasser Samra, DO
      Okorie Okoire, MD
      Amay Parikh, MD

      COLON & RECTAL:
      Justin Kelly, MD
      Matthew R. Albert, MD
      Jeremy Drake, MD
      George Nassif, DO

      ENDOCRINE
      James Bekeny, MD
      Bruce Haughley, MD
      J. Scott Magnuson, MD
      Michael Seidman, MD

      GASTROENTEROLOGY: GI
      Maryam R. Kashi, DO
      Ilan Aharoni, MD
      Irteza Inayat, MD
      Moin Kola.MD

      GENERAL SURGERY:
      Timothy Childers, MD
      Thomas K. Mahan, MD
      Roberto Posada, MD
      Daniel G. Vanuno, MD

      GENERAL SURGERY (EAST):
      Jeffrey Chiu, MD
      Bernadette Profeta, MD

      GENERAL SURGERY (WINTER PARK)
      Enrique Vega, MD
      Christopher Olukoga, MD

      PEDIATRC SURGERY:
      Christopher Anderson, MD
      Aleksander Bernshteyn, MD
      W. Raleigh Thompson, MD

      PLASTIC SURGERY:
      Arthur Debaise, MD

      SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
      Sebastian De La Fuente MD,

      TRANSPLANT:
      Michael Angelis, MD
      Lawrence “Thomas” Chin, MD
      Bobby N. Nibhadupuddy, MD
      Giridhar Vedula, MD
      Donald Botta, MD

      TRAUMA/ ICU BURN
      Indermeet “Lenny” Bhullar, MD
      Michael Cheatham, MD
      Anthony Gielow, DO
      William Havron, MD
      Stephen Hersperger, MD
      Joseph Ibrahim, MD
      Matthew Lube, MD
      Howard Smith, MD
      Chad Smith, MD

      VASCULAR:
      Mohammed Abbasi, MD
      Donald Botta, MD
      Manuel Perez-Izquierdo, MD
      Mark E. Ranson, MD
      David Varnagy, MD
      Alan R. Wladis, MD
      Robert Winter, MD

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      Scott M. Bloom, MD
      General Surgery Program Director

      Dr. Scott W. Bloom is a board-certified general surgeon and educator. His dedication to the field of surgery has been recognized by numerous awards and distinctions, including the University of British Columbia's H. Rocke Robertson Award for Undergraduate Surgical Education and, for five years in a row, the Staten Island University Hospital Attending Physician of the Year award. As an attending surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Bloom held multiple leadership positions, including Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director, General Surgery and Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program.

      His Expertise is grounded n in-depth medical and scientific research published in many distinguished North American peer-reviewed journals.

      Dr. Bloom is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.

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      Jeffrey C. Chiu, MD
      General Surgeon

      Jeffrey C. Chiu, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with AdventHealth Medical Group in Orlando. He performs all types of general surgery procedures, with a special emphasis on minimally invasive approaches to breast, endocrine and gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Chiu earned his medical degree at the Florida State University College of Medicine and undertook his general surgery residency at Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) in Orlando, where he himself was born.

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      Collin Tully, MD
      General Surgeon

      Collin Tully, MD, is board eligible in general surgery. Dr. Tully received his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Ohio where he achieved the rank of Chief Resident and gained extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. Dr. Tully is a member of the American College of Surgeons. Specialties:•Complex hernia repair, •Foregut surgery, •Hernia surgery, •Abdominal wall reconstruction, •Umbilical hernia, •Inguinal hernia, •General surgery, •Endocrine surgery (thyroid and parathyroid surgery), •Gastrointestinal surgery, •Laparoscopic surgery, •Minimally invasive surgery, •Robotic surgery, •Colorectal surgery

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      Enrique Vega, MD
      General Surgeon

      Enrique Vega, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal, breast and skin cancers as well as thyroid, parathyroid and hernia repair surgeries. An award-winning member of the esteemed surgical team at AdventHealth Medical Group in Central Florida, he receives many referrals from area physicians whose patients require surgical intervention to address problems with the gallbladder, spleen, adrenal glands, breast, endocrine glands, and gastrointestinal tract. A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, he completed dual residencies in general surgery at Loma Linda University and Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) in Orlando and another residency in family medicine, also at AdventHealth Orlando.

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      Christopher Olukoga, MD
      General Surgeon

      Christopher Olukoga, MD, is an award-winning general surgeon who consults with patients at AdventHealth Medical Group’s surgical practice in Winter Park. Specializing in general surgery, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, and surgery to address conditions within the breast, endocrine glands, gastrointestinal system and foregut, he also provides simple to complex hernia correction procedures. A patient favorite who has been tapped as a Top Surgeon candidate and “Health Care Hero” in recent polls, he is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. After graduating with his medical degree from the University of Benin College of Medical Sciences, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he received the Chairman’s Outstanding Graduating Chief Surgery Resident Award. He capped his medical training with a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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      Alexandros Coutsoumpos, MD
      General Surgeon

      Dr. Alexandros Coutsoumpos is a general surgeon with advanced training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. After receiving his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in general surgery, achieving the rank of Chief Resident. Dr. Coutsoumpos speaks Spanish, basic French and Haitian Creole, and he has a passion for overseas mission work in areas such as Malawi and Haiti.

Residents

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      Rizwan Ahmed, MD; King Edward Medical University
      PGY-4
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      Daniel Bolton, MD; St. George's University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Michael Gregg, MD, University of South Florida COM
      PGY-5
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      Joseph Reza, MD University of California San Franciso SOM
      PGY-4
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      Evan Westrick, MD Indiana University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Jonah White, MD, Tulane University SOM
      PGY-5
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      Damian Korsich, MD Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-3
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      Patrick Meyer, MD; David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia Faculty of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Joshua Spiegel, MD; University of Tennessee COM
      PGY-3
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      Kevin Wissinger, MD; Temple University SOM
      PGY-3
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      Alberto Monreal, MD; Florida International University
      PGY-2
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      Bradley Pansing, MD; Tulane University SOM
      PGY-2
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      Elliot Toy, MD; Medical College of Wisconsin
      PGY-2
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      Martin Uwah, MD; University of Texas Medical School at Houston
      PGY-2
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      Carlos Delgado, MD, University of Central Florida SOM
      PGY-1
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      Daniel Farinas Lugo, MD, Florida State University – Ft. Pierce SOM
      PGY-1
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      Shawn Moore, MD, University of Missouri-Columbia SOM
      PGY-1
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      Eric Stevens, MD, Howard University SOM
      PGY-1
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      Rizwan Ahmed, MD; King Edward Medical University
      PGY-4
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      Daniel Bolton, MD; St. George's University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Michael Gregg, MD, University of South Florida COM
      PGY-5
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      Joseph Reza, MD University of California San Franciso SOM
      PGY-4
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      Evan Westrick, MD Indiana University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Jonah White, MD, Tulane University SOM
      PGY-5
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      Damian Korsich, MD Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-3
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      Patrick Meyer, MD; David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia Faculty of Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Joshua Spiegel, MD; University of Tennessee COM
      PGY-3
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      Kevin Wissinger, MD; Temple University SOM
      PGY-3
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      Alberto Monreal, MD; Florida International University
      PGY-2
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      Bradley Pansing, MD; Tulane University SOM
      PGY-2
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      Elliot Toy, MD; Medical College of Wisconsin
      PGY-2
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      Martin Uwah, MD; University of Texas Medical School at Houston
      PGY-2
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      Carlos Delgado, MD, University of Central Florida SOM
      PGY-1
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      Daniel Farinas Lugo, MD, Florida State University – Ft. Pierce SOM
      PGY-1
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      Shawn Moore, MD, University of Missouri-Columbia SOM
      PGY-1
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      Eric Stevens, MD, Howard University SOM
      PGY-1

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • General Surgery 4 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 3 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Vascular Surgery 1 Block
  • Transplant Surgery 1 Block
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • General Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 3 Blocks
  • Transplant Surgery 1 Block
  • Trauma Surgery 2 Block
  • Caradiac ICU 1 Block
  • General Surgery 3 Block
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Vascular Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Critical Care - OH 1 Block
  • Gastroenterology - Kashi 1 Block
  • Plastics 1 Block
  • General Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Trauma Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Colorectal 1 Block
  • Surgical Oncology 1 Block
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Thoracic- B 1 Block
  • Elective 1 Block
  • Selective - In House 1 Block
  • General Surgery 4 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 2 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Colorectal 1 Block
  • Vascular Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Head and Neck 1 Block
  • Private 1 Block

The curriculum is structured around the six ACGME Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Professionalism, and System Based Practice. The philosophy of patient care by the residency program and AdventHealth Orlando focuses on Whole Person Care and is emphasized in all of our patient interactions. Rotations in the five-year program are geared toward progressive learning and skill acquisition. Resident performance is evaulated through the ACGME educational milestones as described by RRC-S.

Outpatient Experience

Residents will see patients in the office of the full time core faculty at the Center of Specialized Surgery. Patient records are maintained in electronic medical record (EMR). This provides seamless integration of care and communication with the other doctors in the Medical Education Department. Additionally, records are accessible 24/7 from inside and outside the hospital.

Electronic Medical Record System

The resident will become facile with the hospital medical record system, I-Extend, a Cerner©, Athena for outpatient product designed for AdventHealth Orlando. Electronic Medical Record systems have streamlined the patient care process, improved community-wide healthcare and strengthened the patient-provider relationship by making medical information available quickly. I-Extend replaced the traditional paper charts and free users from the hassles associated with incomplete or missing information, thereby improving standards of care.

Research

In this highly competitive environment we live in, where new techniques, technologies, and scientific projects are constantly being developed, we strongly believe at AdventHealth Orlando that general surgery trainees should have the opportunity to acquire skills in experimental study design and execution. Whether this involves basic research, leading clinical trials, or outcomes projects, we have the tools and experience to provide the foundation for robust scientific inquiry and scholary activity. With our ultimate goal being the training of the next generation of leaders in surgery, we provide our general surgery residents with the resources necessary to:

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature
  • Design and execute experimental studies under the supervision of a mentor
  • Present at local, regional, national, or international scientific meetings
  • Write research manuscripts for publication

In order to achieve these goals, we meet on a regular basis to discuss new projects and ideas and to assess the status of the ongoing research. Please take time to navigate through these pages where some of the completed projects and ongoing research done by the current residents are shown.

Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD

Director of Research, AdventHealth Orlando Surgery Program

Ongoing projects:
  • Pancreatic Cystic Lesions Registry
  • Costs of Open vs Laparoscopic RFA in patients
  • Financial Implication of Common Bile Duct Injuries
  • Incidence of Pancreatic Lesions over Time
  • Discharge Patterns of Patients that Underwent Esophagogastrectomy
  • Evolution of Laparoscopic Colectomies Over Time
  • Peripheral Blood K-Ras Analysis as a Molecular Biomarker of Cancer Risk and Relapse
  • Rectal Cancer Course of Treatment
  • Pancreatic Extraosseous Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Gait Speed as an Incremental Predictor of Mortality and Major Morbidity
  • Registry for Endoscopic Procedure Outcomes
  • Postoperative imaging following pancreatic resection
  • Regionalization of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment within the State of Florida
  • Patient Perspective on Pancreatic Surgery Complications and Outcomes
  • Assessing Implications in Regionalization of Complex Cancer Care in Distances Patients Travel
  • Pancreatoscopy for identification of intra-pancreatic lesions during surgery
  • Early effect of sleep deprivation after surgery

Eligibility

What You'll Need

Medical students interested in applying for categorical residency training in general surgery should be familiar with the following policy regarding recruitment, eligibility and selection. Our goal is to recruit and train physicians committed to excellence in General Surgery, who will promote, practice, and respect the mission of AdventHealth Orlando in providing compassionate whole person care. Recruitment is through ERAS and our program participates in the NRMP selection process. We provide pertinent program summaries through AdventHealth Orlando's Graduate Medical Education website. AdventHealth Orlando GME offers clinical clerkships to medical students from affiliated medical schools and other accredited medical schools on a case by case basis.

  1. Medical School
    1. LCME (Liason Committee of Medical Education) and AOA graduates:
      1. Eligible for Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations
      2. Dean's Letter
      3. Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
      4. Successfully passed USMLE I and USMLE II (United States Medical Licensing Examination) at first attempt.
        1. Transcript directly from the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards)
      5. Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
      6. Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
      7. Proof of Citizenship or resident alien status as required by AdventHealth Orlando Human Resources
    2. ERAS Application
        1. Completed application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), through the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), and participation in the NRMP (National Resident Match Program) match.
          1. Online application
          2. Personal statement
          3. CV
          4. Transcript
          5. Dean's letter
          6. Three letters of recommendation by surgeons
          7. USMLE scores, Part I and II (USMLE required)
          8. Photograph
          9. ERAS Application Deadline: November 1 (All applications must be received by November 1st. No new application will be considered after the deadline)

      Sample Resident Agreement

      Eligibility & Selection Policy

             ABS Training Requirements

  1. Reasons for Ineligibility
    1. Applicant fails to meet eligibility criteria.
    2. Applicant does not demonstrate sufficient commitment to the specialty of General Surgery, included but not limited to:
      1. No advanced-level electives during medical school
      2. No letters of support from surgeons
    3. Quality of interaction during preliminary contact with staff suggests incompatibility with the mission and values of AdventHealth Orlando
    4. Quality of personal statement (content, typographical and grammatical errors), including no obvious commitment to General Surgery
    5. Limited verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Non-eligible candidates may not be offered an interview or accepted into AdventHealth OrlandoGraduate Medical Education residencies (see exception in #IX).
  3. Applicants must have successfully participated in formal clinical training, medical school, residency training, or full-time clinical practice within the last 24 months (from date of application to the residency program).
  4. A personal interview at the AdventHealth Orlando General Surgery program is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a residency position. The interview process is conducted as follows:
    1. The applicant reports to the first meeting location at 7:00 AM.
    2. The applicant is interviewed by: The Program Director, select General Surgery faculty, subspecialty preceptors and select current residents.
    3. The applicant tours AdventHealth Orlando facilities, General Surgery Department, and has lunch with a group of our residents.
  5. Each interview completes an evaluation form which includes four areas:
    1. Presentation
    2. Attitude/Maturity/Motivation
    3. Educational Background
    4. Ability to function as a house officer and team-player
  6. The files are reviewed and screened by the selection committee, program director and residency coordinator. The following criteria are utilized:
    1. Personal statement
    2. Transcript score
    3. Dean's Letter
    4. USMLE scores
    5. Letters of recommendation
    6. Input from resident interaction with applicant
  7. The program director may permit the waiver of one or more of these requirements under special circumstances.
  8. All applicants who have been interviewed will be reviewed for ranking by the selection committee made up of faculty and resident leaders in February with the resident rank list taken into account.
  9. The Program Director will finalize the rank order list for submission to the NRMP. The Match list is at the discretion of the Program Director and is confidential.

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

CME Allowance:

First-year residents receive $300 for books, software and conferences. (The department currently has a grant that allows us to supplement the cost of surgical loupes for each intern).

Second-year residents receive a five-day leave (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) to attend conferences and expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Third-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) and expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Fourth-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) amd expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Fifth-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) and expenses reimbursed up to $2300.

 

Professional Fees:

Florida State Medical License and DEA license fees. The cost of certification classes such as ACLS are covered as necessary for meeting program requirements.

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

Application Process

Join Our Resident Team

To apply to our program, your application must be submitted through ERAS by November 1st to be eligible for consideration. (See Eligibility section for details.) While the applicant may be interviewed with only USMLE step I scores, consideration for ranking is based on both steps I and II. All programs at AdventHealth Orlando participate in the match through the National Resident Match Program.

ERAS Application

Directions

  • From the airport
    Take the North Exit Take 528 West (Toll $2.25) Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Tampa area:
    Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Daytona area:
    Take I-4 West to Tampa Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn left on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
Once on Princeton:
Make a left at Orange

For hospital parking garage entrance, turn right at King Street

Maria Cepero

General Surgery Residency Coordinator

407-303-7203407-303-7323 2501 N. Orange Avenue Suite 235 Orlando, FL 32804