Site Locations and Descriptions


Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, MA

Dr. Liliana Bordeianou is the Chief, Colorectal Surgery Program at Mass General. Lieba Savitt is a Nurse Practitioner and Patient Access Coordinator for the Colorectal Surgery Center/ Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General. This site will provide a research based experience and may have opportunity for clinical exposure including shadowing during surgeries. Applicants to this site must commit to continuing the research during the academic year. Pre-Health Advising will select finalists for this site, and MGH will make the final acceptance decision.
Dr. Milena Weinstein is the Director of Research of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) and Co-Director of the Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders. FPMRS is a surgical subspecialty within Gynecology that deals with the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence and prolapse. The FPMRS Department at MGH is looking for a student to populate a new database for our perineal patients. These patients are those who have had extensive lacerations after vaginal deliveries or complications of their vaginal repairs. We are hoping that by establishing this database that we will ultimately be able to improve the management and outcomes of this population. The creation of this database will involving data-mining through the EPIC and REDCap systems. No prior experience is required. This work could potentially result in publication(s) for the student involved. In addition to this opportunity for clinical research, this site will also offer shadowing in the operating room and/or in the clinic, depending on the interests of the student.

Cambridge Health Alliance – Cambridge, MA

Dr. Ketan Sheth ​is Chief of the Division of General Surgery​ at Cambridge Health Alliance and also an ​Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. This site will provide a clinical based shadowing experience​ in a wide array of surgical specialties​. You​ will​ have the opportunity to shadow during patient consultations in the ​clinic, observe minor surgical procedures in clinic,​​ and observe ​major ​surgical procedures in the operating room.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA

Dr. Cataldo is Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and on staff in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This site will provide opportunities for research participation as well as clinical observation. Students applying for this location should be proactive in their learning with some general ideas about where they would like to go in healthcare. This work environment is fast-paced. We will engage a student in all aspects of the patient care team, across multiple specialties.

New York

Stony Brook University Medical Hospital – Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Paula Denoya is Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency and Associate Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital. This site will provide a clinical based shadowing experience. You may have the opportunity to observe patient-physician interactions and could also be able to shadow during surgeries.

Westchester Medical Center – Valhalla, NY

Dr. Roberto Bergamaschi is Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Westchester Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College. This site will provide a clinical based shadowing experience. You may have the opportunity to do rounds with the surgical team, observe procedures in the OR, and shadow during clinic hours.


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Gerald Isenberg is the Program Director for the Colorectal Surgery Residency and Professor of Surgery. This site will provide a clinical based shadowing experience. You may spend time in the surgical clinic where you can join Dr. Isenberg when he meets with patients and performs patient examinations. You may also have the opportunity to go into the operating room and/or shadow other partners.


The Surgery Group of Los Angeles – Los Angela, California

Dr. Yosef Nasseri is a founding member of The Surgery Group of Los Angeles, a Los Angeles based physician group providing a comprehensive approach to surgical care through advanced technology, long-term patient follow-up, and direct physician access. It is the largest multi-specialty surgery group in Los Angeles. The office is attached to and affiliated with Cedars Sinai hospital (the largest hospital on the west coast) along with other regional hospitals and surgery centers. Their specialties include: General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Podiatry. The surgeons treat a wide array of pathology and use the most up to date technology. Students will be able to shadow surgeons and participate in care of the patients in the office, in the hospital setting and in the various operating rooms.