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Specialty Surgery Certifications American Board of Surgery Clinical Focus Abdominal Hernia Appendicitis Colorectal Cancer Crohn's Disease Diverticulitis Hernia Repair Hiatal Hernia Laparoscopy Small Bowel Resection Stomach Cancer Ulcerative Colitis Education MD, S.U.N.Y., Health Science Center Residency, Surgery Mount Sinai Hospital Biography As a surgical educator and leader, Dr Divino, Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery, has blended the best of the past and the future in her approach to medical education. She is a proponent of the traditional values of strong mentoring by teachers as critical to young doctors’ sound decision-making. At the same time, she has kept abreast of the latest innovations with her establishment of a Surgical Simulator Center, to hone the technical skills of the residents in both minimally invasive and traditional procedures. An active surgeon, Dr Divino has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive techniques, specializing in laparoscopic gastrointestinal and hernia surgery Her accomplishments in the laboratory, the classroom, and the operating room have been repeatedly recognized with awards from Mount Sinai. These awards include the 1997 Arthur A. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery as a chief resident and twice receiving the Dr Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery, the Physician of the Year Award, and the Surgical Attending of the Year Award. Dr Divino has been honored with multiple commendations from various scientific societies and community groups including the Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award of the American Medical Women’s Association and the Medical Leadership Award from the New York State Assembly. Dr Divino’s service is further demonstrated by the many roles she has in hospital administration. She has taken a particular interest in intimating improvements in patient care in her role as the Chair of the Department of Surgery Quality Assurance Committee and as the Chair of the Performance Improvement Committee of the institution. She is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and the Chair of the Surgical Education Committee. As the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, she continues to institute comprehensive reform to the training and education of the surgeons of tomorrow. She has been a recipient of research grants from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, and the Association of Women’s Surgeons among others. Her current area of interest in basic science research is tumor immunology. Dr Divino received her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California at Davis and her doctorate in medicine at the State University of New York - Health Science Center at Brooklyn cum laude with distinction in research. Her internship and residency were completed at Mount Sinai. Dr Divino assumed her position as Chief of the Division of General Surgery in 2003 and then in 2005, became the Vice-Chair of Education & Quality and the Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. She is currently the Stanley Edelman, MD, Professor of Surgery. Awards 2010 - Master Clinician Award Institute of Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2010 - 2011 Best Doctor Best Doctors in America 2005 - The Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Surgery 2005 - The Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2003 - Surgical Attending of the Year Award The Brooklyn South Surgical Training Program, Maimonides Medical Center 2003 - Attending of the Year Award The Brooklyn South Surgical Training Program, Maimonides Medical Center 2003 - Physician of The Year Award Pesha Elias Bikur Cholim D'Bobov 2002 - Medical Leadership Award Aleh Foundation 2000 - Physician of the Year Award The Mount Sinai Medical Center 1998 - Dr. Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery Surgical Attending of the Year The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Surgery 1997 - Arthur A. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery, Chief Resident The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 1992 - Distinction in Research College of Medicine State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn 1992 - Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award American Medical Women's Assoc 1991 - Alpha Omega Alpha 1990 - AOA Research Fellowship Award Transthyretin and Inflammation 1987 - Transthyretin and the Acute Phase Reaction NIH Research Fellowship Award Research Intervention of Immune tolerance by small molecules to enhance immune therapy.

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