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South Nassau Surgeon is Named Young Surgeon Representative for Brooklyn/LI Chapter of ACS

Oceanside, N.Y.— South Nassau Communities Hospital is proud to announce that Rajiv Datta, MD, Director of surgical oncology/head & neck surgery, has accepted to serve as the "Young Surgeon Representative" of the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

"The ACS is one of the most respected national physician organizations on Capitol Hill," said Dr. Datta. "I will use this responsibility to support the advocacy initiatives of South Nassau and the ACS for state and federal laws and health care budgeting that will improve our health system and correct its flaws."

A primary function of a "Young Surgeon Representative" is to identify issues or federal or state legislation that would adversely affect patients and hinder the delivery of health care services. They are also called on to attend the ACS’s Committee on Young Surgeons Annual Summer Assembly in Washington, DC, which is highlighted by intensive meetings with members of the congress and senate on health care legislation.

"Our patients and the communities we serve can be assured that Dr. Datta will use this appointment as another avenue to serve them and increase their access to high-quality health care," said Akram Boutros, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Administration. "At South Nassau, we believe that we have a responsibility to be a leader in the development and mandating of healthcare policy that benefits the patient."

A native of India, Dr. Datta is recognized as one of the leading head and neck surgeons in the U.S. Prior to joining South Nassau in 2001, he was Director of Surgical Oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

A graduate of the prestigious Grant Medical College in Bombay, India, he has trained at some of the most prestigious surgical oncology and head and neck surgery programs in the world, including Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest cancer center in Asia, and England’s Royal College of Surgeons, where he achieved Fellowship.

Following his stay at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Datta continued his training with a Research Fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. That was followed by a rare opportunity for a dual Fellowship in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 820 physicians and 2,200 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the Hospital is an acute–care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau boasts Long Island’s first gamma knife and New York State’s first acute angioplasty program.

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