Physicians

About the Physicians at Central New York Surgical Physicians, P.C.

Learn More about Your Talented Team of Surgical Professionals

Founded in 1997, the physicians at Central New York Surgical Physicians, P.C. have spent 20 years assisting you with your surgical needs from weight loss surgery to varicose vein procedures!

Visit Central New York Surgical Physicians, P.C. today for information on general surgery, weight loss surgery, and breast surgery! Stop by 739 Irving Ave., Suite 450, Syracuse, NY 13210. Learn more about our dedicated staff of doctors and nurse practitioners below!
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Physicians

Meet Our Physicians

Akbar F. Ahmed, M.D.
Akbar F. Ahmed, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery 
Board Certified, Royal College of Surgeons,
Glasgow (UK)

Education
• Intermediate Science Pre-Med DJ Sindh Govt Science College, 1974
• M.B., B.S., Dow Medical College Karachi, Pakistan 1982

Training
• Resident in Surgery, 1982-1983
Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
• Resident in Surgery, 1984-1988
Interfaith Medical Center
State University, Downstate, Brooklyn, NY
• Resident in Surgery, 1991-1993
North General Hospital, Mt. Sinai
New York, NY
• Chief Resident in Surgery, 1994
North General Hospital, Mt. Sinai
New York, NY

Fellowship
• Surgical Critical Care, 1994-1995
North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, NY

Professional Associations
• Fellow, American College of Surgeons
• Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons
• Onondaga County Medical Society

Brian P. Anderson, M.D.
Brian P. Anderson, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., 1977 
St. Lawrence University
• M.D., 1981 
Upstate Medical Center

Training
• Assistant resident surgery, 1981-1985
Upstate Medical Center
• Chief resident surgery, 1985-1986
Upstate Medical Center

Professional Associations
• Onondaga County Medical Society
• Medical Society of the State of New York
• American Medical Association
• Fellow American College of Surgeons


Tammy J. Congelli, M.D.
Tammy J. Congelli, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., 1990 
Albany College of Pharmacy
• M.D., 1995 
SUNY College of Medicine

Training
• Clinical pharmacy residency, 1990-1991
VA Medical Center at Albany, NY
• Surgical residency, 1995-2000
SUNY-HSC at Syracuse

Professional Associations
• American College of Surgeons
• American Medical Association

Kenneth A. Cooper, D.O.
Kenneth A. Cooper, D.O.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• Bachelor of Arts, Biology, 1991-1995
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 1998-2002
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
• General Surgery Residency, 2002-2007
State University of New York-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Training
• General Surgery Intern, SUNY Upstate University 2002-2003
• General Surgery Resident, SUNY Upstate University 2003-2007
• General Surgery Chief Resident, SUNY Upstate University, 2006-2007

Jeffrey M. DeSimone, M.D.
Jeffrey M. DeSimone, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Cum Laude, 1979 
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
• M.D., 1984 
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Military Service
• Commissioned, May 1980
• Active Duty, July 1990-July 1994

Training
• General surgery internship and residency, 1984-1987, 1988-1990
State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse
• Research fellow-Department of Surgery, 1987-1988
State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse

Professional Associations
• American Medical Association
• Fellow, American College of Surgeons
• Society of Critical Care Medicine
• Onondaga County Medical Society
Thomas S. Hartzheim, M.D.
Thomas S. Hartzheim, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., 1984 
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
• M.D., 1988 
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Training
• Internship, 1988-1989
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY
• Junior resident, 1989-1991
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY
• Chief resident, 1991-1993
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY

Professional Associations
• Fellow, American College of Physicians
• American Medical Association
• New York State Medical Society
• Onondaga County Medical Society
• Central New York Surgical Society
• Upstate Vascular Society
• Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Herbert E. Mendel, M.D.
Herbert E. Mendel, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., 1973 
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
• M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha, 1978 
SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Training
• Surgical internship, 1978-1979
The Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY
• Surgical residency, 1979-1983
The Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY

Professional Associations
• Fellow, American College of Surgeons
• Onondaga County Medical Society
• Central New York Surgical Society
• Medical Society of the State of New York
Benjamin Sadowitz, M.D.
Benjamin Sadowitz, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, 1996- 2000 LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York
• M.D., 2006 State University of New York – Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Training
• General Surgery Intern, SUNY Upstate University 2006-2008
• General Surgery Resident, SUNY Upstate University 2011-2014
• Advanced GI and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Fellowship, Florida Hospital Tampa, Tampa FL 2014-2015

Professional Associations
• American College of Surgeons

James E. Sartori, M.D.
James E. Sartori, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.S., Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kapa, 1978 
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
• M.D., 1982 
SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY

Training
• General surgery, internship, 1982-1983
SUNY Health Science Center
• General surgery, assistant resident, 1983-1986
SUNY Health Science Center
• General surgery, chief resident, 1986-1987
SUNY Health Science Center

Professional Associations
• Onondaga County Medical Society
• American Medical Association
• Central NY Surgical Society
William E. Schu, M.D.
William E. Schu, M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Education
• B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1978 
Hamilton College
• M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha, 1982 
SUNY - Buffalo Medical School

Training
• Assistant resident, Department of Surgery, 1982-1986
SUNY - Health Science Center at Syracuse
• Chief resident, Department of Surgery, 1986-1987 
SUNY - Health Science Center at Syracuse
• Postdoctoral fellow, 1987-1988
SUNY - Health Science Center at Syracuse
Attending - Veterans Hospital, Syracuse

Professional Associations
• Onondaga County Medical Society
• Medical Society of New York State
Tracy Walker, FNP-C
Tracy Walker, FNP-C

Education
• B.S.N. 1986 Fitchburg State College
• M.S.N. 2012 SUNY Upstate Medical University

Professional Associations
• American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
• Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State
Brandy Leary, FNP
Brandy Leary, FNP

Education
• M.S.N., 2015 SUNY Upstate College of Nursing

Professional Associations
• Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State
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