STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 3, 2012 – Dana Telem, MD, has been appointed Assistant Professor
of Surgery, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and joins the surgical
team of the Bariatric
and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook
University Hospital, announced Aurora Pryor, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of
the General Surgery Division, and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic
Weight Loss Center.
A specialist in minimally invasive procedures to diagnose
and treat gastrointestinal disease, Dr. Telem joins a multidisciplinary team at
the Center that includes bariatric surgeons, orthopedic and plastic surgeons, gastrointestinal
specialists, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners,
occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants and other
professionals. More than 500 patients are currently enrolled at the Center,
which opened a dedicated inpatient facility at Stony Brook University Hospital
in July 2012.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Telem
comes to Stony Brook from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she
was an Advanced Laparoscopic Fellow. Laparoscopic surgery is performed with the
use of small incisions and often leads to less pain and scarring, shorter
hospital stays, and faster recovery for patients post-procedure.
“Dr. Telem is a gifted and compassionate surgeon with
specialized expertise in the advanced techniques our program is known for,
including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable band, and
revisional bariatric surgery,” said Dr. Pryor. “Our patients greatly benefit
from minimally invasive procedures, and Dr. Telem’s broad skills in bariatric
practices and other procedures enhance the surgical options we can offer to
Dr. Telem also cares for patients with a broad spectrum
of abdominal and gastrointestinal problems that require surgical intervention.
These procedures include laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for chronic severe
heartburn, myotomy for achalasia (treatment of severe swallowing difficulty),
groin hernia repair, common bile duct exploration, colon surgery, appendectomy,
and gallbladder and spleen removal.
Dr. Telem’s research interests are in emerging bariatric
practices, surgical education and simulation, and foregut pathology, including
studies on gastroesophageal reflux disease and achalasia.
The author of 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and a
frequent presenter at national medical meetings, Dr. Telem has garnered
multiple awards and recognitions, including the Society of American
Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Researcher in Training Award
Dr. Telem received her medical degree from Jefferson
Medical College in Philadelphia. She trained at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New
York as a surgical resident and rose to become the hospital’s Administrative
Chief Resident and received the David A. Dreiling award for excellence in
Free community informational seminars are held twice monthly
by the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center. For more information,
contact Stony Brook’s HealthConnect at (631) 444-4000 to register. An online
webinar is available at bariatrics.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org/webinar.
About Stony Brook University Hospital: Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s
premier academic medical center. With 597 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s
only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony
Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Long Island
Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook
Digestive Disorders Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only
Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center,
state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated
Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney
Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple
Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.