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The Stanley Edelman M.D. Professor of Surgery

Chief, Division of General Surgery

Vice Chair, Education & Quality

Program Director, General Surgery Residency Training Program


As a surgical educator and leader, Dr. Celia M. Divino, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, and the Stanley Edelman Professor of Surgery, has blended the best of the past and the future in her approach to medical education. Dr. Divino is a proponent of both the traditional value of mentoring by teachers as critical to young doctors’ sound decision-making, while also keeping abreast of the latest innovations in surgery with her establishment of a Surgical Simulator Center. Dr. Divino has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive techniques, specializing in laparoscopic gastrointestinal and hernia surgery. She is an authority on Neuroendocrine disease, notably carcinoid tumors. She has been listed on the roster for the Best Doctors in America since 2010, and in New York Magazine's Top Doctors since 2014.


In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Divino’s service is further demonstrated by the administrative roles she maintains within the department, institution, and national level.  She is the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Resident Education, as well as being on the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council of General Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Divino has been charged with oversight of the Quality Assurance, Surgical Education, and Performance Improvement Committees, and the NSQIP program.  As the Vice Chair for Education and Quality, she instills a culture of safety in the education of house staff, highlighting the importance of team training and pathways to improve patient care and reduce medical errors.  She is an active member of the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, the Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Society for Surgical Education, the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the Endocrine Society. 


Maintaining a strong presence in the field of research, Dr. Divino has been the recipient of research grants from institutions including The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Department of Defense, The National Institute of Health, and The Association of Women’s Surgeons. She serves on major editorial boards and has published extensively in medical and surgical literature.


Dr. Divino’s accomplishments in the laboratory, classroom, and operating room have been repeatedly recognized both within the Medical Center, as well as on a national level. Awards include The Surgical Attending of the Year Award, The Medical Student Teaching Award, The 2010 Master Clinician Award from the Institute of Medical Education, The Dr. Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery, and most recently, the prestigious 2017 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Jacobi Medallion Award.   Dr. Divino has also been honored with multiple commendations from various scientific societies and community groups including The American Medical Association’s Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award, the Medical Leadership Award from the New York State Assembly, and the 2015 Icahn School of Medicine Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence.

Clinical Interests 

Laparoscopic Surgery

Gallbladder Surgery

Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Ventral / Incisional Hernia Surgery

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Laparoscopic Stomach / Gastric Surgery

Carcinoid Disease

Diverticular Disease

Colon Cancer

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Gallbladder Disorders

Stomach / Gastric Cancer

Education and Training 


University of California, Davis


Medical School

State University of New York,

Downstate College of Medicine

Brooklyn, NY



Mount Sinai Medical Center.  

New York, NY


Current Appointments

Chief, Division of General Surgery

Program Director, Surgical Residency Training Program

Honors and Awards 

2017 - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2017 Jacobi Medallion Award Recipient

2016 - New York Magazine Top Doctors 2016 Professional Recognition

2015 - New York Magazine Top Doctors 2015 Professional Recognition


2015 - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence

2014 - New York Magazine Top Doctors 2014 Professional Recognition


2014 - Best Doctors Inc. Best Doctors in America

2013 - Medical School Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Years Award


2013 - AAMC Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

2012 - Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

2010 - 2011  Best Doctors in America


2010 - Master Clinician Award, Institute of Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


2005 - The Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Surgery


2003 - Surgical 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


2003 - Attending of the Year Award

The Brooklyn South Surgical Training Program Maimonides Medical Center


2002 - Medical Leadership Award Aleh Foundation


2000 - Physician of the Year Award

The Mount Sinai Medical Center


1998 - Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery Surgical Attending of the Year

The Mount Sinai Medical Center


1997 - Arthur A. Aufses, Sr., Prize in Surgery

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

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