Dr. John A. Procaccino
Dr. Procaccino was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Biology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in 1984. Dr. Procaccino relocated to Long Island in 1984 when he began his Internship in General Surgery at North Shore University Hospital. He completed his five-year training in General Surgery at North Shore after finishing his Chief Resident year in June 1989.
A leader in the treatment of colon and rectal disease, Dr. John Procaccino provides superior healthcare services to his patients. He has been the Director of North Shore University Hospital’s Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases since its inception ten years ago. Dr. Procaccino brings his distinguished 25-year track record of success in the field to this Center in order to fill any significant void in the healthcare resources available on Long Island.
Dr. Procaccino has deep roots in the Long Island community and invested much of his specialized knowledge in elevating the standard of colon and rectal disease treatment in the area. Since 1990, he has been a staff surgeon at Long Island Jewish/Hillside Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. In 1998, he was asked to assume the role of Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. This was a particularly meaningful appointment for Dr. Procaccino as he completed his entire residency at North Shore University Hospital and was thrilled to return “home” to such a prominent position. In March 2001, Dr. Procaccino left private practice to assume his current
position as a full time faculty member on the staff at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital. In this capacity, he was charged with the task of forming a Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery for the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital Department of Surgery, and soon took on the coveted position of Chief of this Division. Dr. Procaccino’s administrative responsibilities at North Shore University Hospital have recently expanded as he has been named a Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Procaccino was initially doubly boarded in General in 1990 and in Colorectal Surgery in 1992. He was recertified in General Surgery in 1999 and again in 2009; recertified in Colon and Rectal Surgery in 2000 and again in 2011. He became a fully certified surgeon immediately following his tenure as a Special Fellow and Administrative Chief Resident in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. There, Dr. Procaccino trained under Dr. Victor Fazio, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s top practitioners in the field of colorectal surgery. A sought-after expert in his medical specialty, Dr. Procaccino has been called upon by a host of academic institutions to provide instruction and lectures. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Hofstra North Shore/LIJ School of Medicine. Moreover, he is widely published in a variety of medical journals, and has presented findings to numerous preeminent associations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. In fact, Dr. Procaccino had the distinct honor of being asked to write the chapter about ulcerative colitis in the 5th and 9th editions of Current Surgical Therapy, which is commonly referred to as the “bible” for doctors-to-be who are preparing for their board certification examinations.
Dr. Procaccino lives on Long Island with his wife and three children. He is affiliated with more than a dozen renowned professional societies and has received numerous awards and honor society appointments in recognition of his success, including being elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America from 1996 to 2011, and named to NY Metro Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. In addition, Dr. Procaccino was named to Strathmore’s Who’s Who in 2000 to 2011. In 2011 Dr. Procaccino was named to Castle Connelly’s list of Best Doctors in New York which is published annually in New York Magazine. Inclusion is limited to individuals who
have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry, or profession.
Perhaps Dr. Procaccino’s most significant contribution to the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery is his training of the next generation of surgeons. Since 2003 Dr. Procaccino has been the Director of the North Shore/LIJ Fellowship Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery which is accredited by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Procaccino and his associates have recently matched their ninth Fellow candidate. All of the Fellows who have trained in the North Shore/LIJ Fellowship Program have gone on to become Board Certified in Colon and Rectal Surgery. These individuals are now providing the most innovative and cutting-edge therapies for their patients with colon and rectal disorders.
Dr. Procaccino’s clinical interests include Colon & Rectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) and Diverticulitis. He performs both laparoscopic and open surgery.
Please see Dr. Procaccino’s full Curriculum Vitae for a complete recitation of his credentials and achievements.
Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery
Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases
North Shore-LIJ Health System
The North Shore LIJ Health System has earned national recognition for its highly selective Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery, a prestigious training program for young physicians specializing in surgical procedures to treat a wide range of colorectal disease. In addition to surgical interventions, colorectal surgeons are also involved in diagnostic procedures, including colonoscopy and endoscopy. The Fellowship is supervised by John A. Procaccino, MD, a nationally renowned leader in the specialty and current Director of the Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at North Shore University Hospital.
Drawing participants from across the country, talented young surgeons complete the program following medical school and residency training of five or more years in general surgery. The Fellowship offers the opportunity to work with a variety of pathological conditions and to gain experience in endoscopy, anorectal diseases and colon diseases. Fellows participate in preoperative patient evaluations, operative procedures and postoperative care. Fellows also work in a practice setting in which there is collaboration with other specialists in the overall care of a patient. Participation in clinical conferences and academic seminars through the Divisions of Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery and Gastroenterology, as well as other medical subspecialties, are a major part of the program as well. After completion of the Fellowship, the surgeon is considered a specialist and can attain certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.