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Trauma, Burns, Acute and Critical Care

About Us

The Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical and Acute Care, led by Dr. Robert Winchell, MD, FACS, is a part of the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. We provide vitally needed services for New York City while offering critically ill patients a unique blend of expertise and compassionate care from highly skilled surgeons. The trauma center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center — ranked the # 1 Hospital in New York and the #4 Hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report —is an American College of Surgeons designated Level I adult and a Level II pediatric trauma center. This designation recognizes our ability to provide the highest quality of care, especially in critical and complex cases for NYC and the surrounding region.

Our division faculty, board certified by the American College of Surgeons, are part of the multidisciplinary Center for Hernia and Gallbladder Surgery, which provides the latest state-of-the-art techniques in hernia and gallbladder surgery. Patients are scheduled with one of our surgeons, either in the office or via a virtual telehealth visit within 24-48 hours of initial request.  Additionally, our surgeons provide the highest quality comprehensive general surgery care in the region. Common surgical procedures we perform include:  Appendectomy – Removal of diseased appendix, Cholecystectomy – Removal of the gallbladder for gallstones or inflammation, Minimal Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery – done for many problems including gallstones, appendicitis, inguinal and abdominal hernias, colon problems, and abdominal pain, Pilonidal Cystectomy –Removing a cyst near your tailbone and Wound Care – Comprehensive treatment to patients suffering from acute and chronic wounds 

The division also houses the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center — world-renowned for its expertise in burn care and research.  We also work closely with surgeons from the Hospital for Special Surgery, ranked the #1 hospital for orthopedics in the country.  The faculty of the Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical and Acute Care are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise and skill. Many hold national and international positions in their specialty societies and are considered leaders in their field.   

As part of our commitment to world-class healthcare, our surgeons also conduct research to find new and better ways to treat patients in critical care situations. With two competitive fellowships in the division, we are also committed to training and developing future healthcare leaders in the field.

Patient Services

Weill Cornell Medicine has a history of excellence in patient care, offering cutting-edge therapies and individualized care throughout New York City. Learn more about the services we offer below.

Our Surgeons

Robert Winchell, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-8490

Palmer Q. Bessey, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-2580

Philip Chang
Philip Chang, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-2580

James Gallagher
James J. Gallagher, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-2580

Abraham P. Houng, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-2580

Anton Kelly, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-8490

Nima Maghami
Nima Maghami, M.D., FACS

Phone: (646) 962-8490

Mayur Narayan
Mayur Narayan, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-8490

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Jian Shou, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Phone: (646) 962-8490

Cassandra Villegas
Cassandra V. Villegas, M.D.

Phone: (646) 962-8490

Patient Care

Our Locations

Upper East Side
525 E. 68th St., L-7
New York, NY 10065
Upper East Side
520 E. 70th St., Starr 8
New York, NY 10065
Downtown
170 William St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Clinical Trials

Through extensive and innovative research programs, Weill Cornell Medicine is also focused on the development of new techniques and therapies that promote better outcomes and improve the quality of life for patients following surgery. Click here to learn more about our open clinical trials in New York City.

Fellowships

Fellows train under highly-skilled surgeons at the top of their field while gaining exposure to a wide range of clinical and emergency situations.
This fellowship program aims to teach the clinical knowledge and technical skills of critical care and trauma surgery that will enable each fellow to become a confident critical care practitioner, administrator and educator.

Global Outreach

BurnED is the Weill Cornell Medicine African Burn Care Development Education Fund. Working to improve burn care at the Weill Bugando and Sekou-Toure Burn Centers through educational collaboration and resource exchange.

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