Surgery Residency Faculty

Mark Hirko, MD
Associate DIO, Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Dr. Mark Hirko serves as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program and Assistant Vice President for Surgical Specialties at Health Quest. His responsibilities include coordinating and standardizing all Health Quest Medical Practice surgical services, developing undergraduate and post-graduate surgical education programs including a general surgery residency, and collaborating with senior administration and physician leadership to provide advanced care and service across Health Quest.

An Ohio native with more than 20 years of experience in surgery, Dr. Hirko previously held the position of chair of the department of surgery, director of the general surgery residency program, and medical director of the vascular lab at Monmouth Medical Center, part of Barnabas Health System, in Long Branch, N.J. As chair, he served as the clinical and administrative leader of the department and oversaw more than 200 employees.

Dr. Hirko completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and later served as a clinical and research fellow in vascular surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. He earned his medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Akron.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Mark Hirko, MD
Associate DIO
Program Director, General Surgery

Faiz Bhora, MD
Associate Program Director
Thoracic Surgery

Pranat Kumar, MD
Associate Program Director
General Surgery

Ryan Swan, MD
Associate Program Director
General Surgery & Surgical Oncology

Cliff Connery, MD
Core Faculty
General Surgery & Surgical Critical Care

Elvita Genelus-Dominique, MD
General Surgery and Trauma Surgery

Sean Lee, DO
Core Faculty
General Surgery &
Trauma Surgery

Vadim Meytes, DO
Core Faculty
Trauma Surgery

Haitham Al Shetawi, MD, DMD
Head and Neck Surgery

John Choi, MD
General Surgery

Lee Farber, DO
General Surgery

James Nitzkorski, MD
General Surgery & Surgical Oncology

Andreas Spirig, MD
Vascular Surgery

Sanjay Thomas, MD
General Surgery

Fausto Vinces, DO
General Surgery & Surgical Critical Care

Northern Dutchess Hospital

Brian Binetti, MD
General Surgery

Gregory Zale, MD
General Surgery

Residents PGY1

Laura Morales

Helene Rached

William Wing