Program Director Welcome Letter

Message from Program Director:

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Our mission is to provide excellent surgical training that will prepare our residents to independently enter private practice, academic practice, or specialty fellowships. Our program is based out of two community hospitals in Wyckoff Hospital in the heart of Brooklyn and Huntington Hospital on Long Island, part of the Northwell Health System. Additionally, our residents complete rotations through many well-known tertiary participating centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital. There is a strong emphasis on "hands on" experience throughout the five years of training. Our program provides a large volume of diverse cases.  The faculty consists of full-time academic surgeons and private practitioners highly trained and skilled in many of the subspecialties in surgery. The faculty is dedicated to resident education. Our graduates are sought out upon completion of their residency training to go on to prestigious fellowships throughout the country.


The Wyckoff Heights Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program prepares residents for careers across the spectrum of Surgery. This preparation is carried out in an environment that facilitates clinical research and fosters the development of life-long learning practices. The focus of training in the General Surgery Residency Program is to prepare surgeons for a surgical practice managing general surgical disorders and diseases occurring in a community with ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, and life-style diversity, like the community of central Brooklyn, New York, where patient inclusion and equity in provision of care avoids disparity of care. Consistent with the mission of the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, the goal is to promote excellent and high quality care in all facets of healthcare and specifically in surgical practice through prevention and treatment of surgical disorders and diseases in a safe environment. The Surgery Faculty is dedicated to the development of technically competent and well-rounded surgeons with knowledge of the basic general surgical sciences, and with necessary clinical judgment to render comprehensive quality care of the general surgical patient. The general surgical curriculum is designed to cover the core competencies as described by ACGME through didactic encounters, interactive educational activities, operative experience and clinical research in General Surgery.

We welcome residents who share our commitment and dedication to learning.  The general surgery residency is a five year program accredited by the ACGME. Upon completing our fully accredited five-year general surgery residency, you will be qualified to practice independently and eligible for board certification in General Surgery.

Dr. Leaque Ahmed, MD, FACS

Chairman and Program Director

Department of Surgery



Dr. Hector DePaz, MD

Associate Program Director

Department of Surgery