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Dr. Datta Awarded Prestigious Fellowship at International Meeting of Surgeons

Oceanside, N.Y.— An Honorary Fellowship in the International College of Surgeons (ICS) was awarded to Rajiv Datta, MD, Director of Surgical Oncology/Head & Neck Surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital, at the organization’s North American Federation Congress held recently in Acapulco, Mexico.

The Fellowship is presented to select surgeons around the world whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

The ICS is a world federation of more than 70,000 general surgeons and surgical specialists. It has over 70 organized sections around the world in over 110 countries. The United States section (the American College of Surgeons) is the largest national division, with more than 3,000 members. "This is an honor that I am committed to upholding and advancing by continuing to refine my skills and raise my standards," said Dr. Datta. "It’s also reflective of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s commitment to its mission that links patients with top physicians and clinical staff, peerless surgical technologies and standard-setting health care programs and services."

A leader in the field of surgical oncology, Dr. Datta joined with surgeons from the Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center, Loyola University Medical Center, and the University of Cincinnati to present a panel discussion on transplant surgery and hepatocellular carcinoma at the annual meeting.

The discussion, "State-of-the-Art: Transplant Surgery/Hepatocellurlar Carcinoma," addressed the rate of incidence and therapeutic options for hepatocellular carcinoma (a malignant liver tumor), including surgery, radio-frequency ablation and liver transplantation.

Dr. Datta is one of the leading head and neck surgeons in the U.S. and an international leader in Surgical Oncology. Before joining South Nassau in 2001, he was Director of Surgical Oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

"We applaud Dr. Datta for this monumental achievement, and it is well deserved," said Akram Boutros, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at South Nassau. "His career is built on an enduring dedication to being the best surgeon that he can be for the hundreds of patients who turn to him and South Nassau’s Surgical Oncology Program for the solutions that will enable them to overcome a pernicious disease."

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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