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Dr. Datta Appointed Chairman of Surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital

Dr. Rajiv Datta has been named Chairman of Surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital effective January 1, 2007, after having served as Vice Chair of Surgery since July 2006. Dr. Datta will continue in his role as Chief of Surgical Oncology and Head & Neck Surgery at South Nassau.

Regarding the appointment, hospital President and CEO Joseph Quagliata said, “Dr. Datta has outstanding credentials, as well as the respect of the entire hospital community. We are honored to have a physician of such stature here and are confident that he will continue to work with his peers to advance the standards of surgical care at South Nassau and enhance the quality of life of the communities we serve.”

Dr. Datta is recognized as one of the leading head and neck surgeons in the U.S. and is an internationally known leader in surgical oncology. He was awarded a Fellowship in the International College of Surgeons (ICS) in 2005. The Fellowship is presented to surgeons around the world whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation by the College.

He also serves as South Nassau’s Cancer Liaison Physician to the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons which is comprised of an elite group of physicians who are recognized for their leadership in the development of cancer programs and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

A “Young Surgeon Representative” of the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Dr. Datta joined South Nassau in 2001. Previously, he was Director of Surgical Oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

A graduate of 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. This 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, NY. Dr. Datta is a resident of Jericho, NY.

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