Better Care, Consistent Care, Patient –Focused Care

laparoscopic surgeryLong Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm is devoted to a Philosophy of patient focused care – What does that mean?

"The Institute of Medicine defines patient-centered care as care that establishes a partnership between providers and patients that provides patients with the support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care."

We realize that each patient’s needs are different. We also understand that for many of our patients, this may be the first major surgical experience that you are contemplating. Dr. Atwa and Dr. Paracha understand your concerns and the entire staff both here and at the hospital would like you to let us know what we can do to make your surgical experience a pleasant one. We are dedicated to providing you caring, compassionate care. We encourage you to listen to the experiences of our past patients and be assured that your care will be managed by our impressive team of internationally recognized surgeons who are leaders in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.

Our Doctors

The following links will take you to detailed biographies and lists of credentials for our board-certified surgeons. For more information on our doctors we encourage you to view the video profiles of each doctor by clicking of the watch video button underneath their picture.

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Dr. Karim Paracha

Dr. Hesham Atwa is the senior surgeon at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm with more than 12 years of experience in Advanced Laparoscopic, Open and Bariatric Surgery. After completing medical school in the top ten percent of his class and his internship year, Dr. Atwa received both the Resident Achievement Award from the Society of laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Outstanding Resident in Surgery during his final year of residency.

Dr. Atwa was among a handful of residents nationwide to be selected to participate in a Minimally Invasive Fellowship Program in Advanced Laproendoscopic Surgery under Dr. Phillip L. Leggett,(considered a pioneer of laparoscopy surgery worldwide) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. During his Fellow training, Dr. Atwa wrote together with Dr. Leggett an article on advanced surgical procedures that was accepted for publication in the prestigious Journal of Surgical Endoscopy.

In 2001, Dr. Atwa began his practice in the Port Jefferson area where he became the first fellowship trained laparoscopic surgeon in the community hospital setting. He has continued to augment his skill set with extensive training in both general laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Atwa has completed over 7000 procedures within the scope of his practice, as well as, over 3500 cases where he assisted other surgeons in the area. Today, Dr. Atwa, is a frequent lecturer before groups of other doctors providing training in the advanced surgical techniques he has helped to develop.

While skilled as a surgeon, Dr. Atwa is also known for his caring and compassionate bedside manner, garnishing awards as Top Surgeon (2011, 2012) and the Most Compassionate Doctor award (2011.) This award is based on reviews written by hundreds of thousands of patients. … Only a select few doctors receive praise about the compassion that accompanied their care. In fact, of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, only 3% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2011.”

Education and Training

  • 2000-2001: Fellowship University of Texas - Minimally Invasive Fellowship Program in Advanced laparoendoscopic Surgery
  • 1994-2000: Residency Metropolitan Group Hospitals (University of Illinois)
  • 1993-1994: Internship Abington Memorial Hospital (Temple University)
  • Medical School: Ains Shams University School of Medicine Cairo, Egypt ( top ten percent of graduation class rank)

Continuing Education Courses

  • UCSF: Advanced Laparoscopy Training- March 1999
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Solid Organ Laparoscopy- November 1999
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons: Postgraduate Course 1999
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons: Video Workshop- December 1999
  • University of Illinois: laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair- March 2000
  • SAGES: Advanced Laparoscopy Course 2001
  • Laparoscopic/ Hand Assisted Colon Resection- 2002
  • Laparoscopic Placement of LAP BAND- June 2002
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity- September 2002
  • Introduction to Laparoscopic Ultrasound Imaging & Radio- Frequency Thermal Ablation of Liver Tumors- January 2003
  • Going Beyond the Traditional Colon Surgery- September 2005
  • Bard 3DMax Mesh Hernia Training- February 2006
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Course- 2006, 2011, 2012
  • Bariatric Surgery- 2007
  • ASMBS Annual Meeting 2002, 2011
  • Laparoscopic Band Surgery Course 2002, 2010
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Course 2002
  • SAGES Bariatric Postgraduate Course 2010
  • ASMBS: Obesity Compendium 2011
  • ASMBS: Fundamentals of Bariatric Surgery 2011
  • ASMBS: Bariatric Robotic Surgery Lab 2011
  • Cleveland Clinic: Bariatric Mini Fellowship 2012
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding System- Basic Workshop- August 2012
  • Suffolk Academy of Medicine- Managing Clinical Information in an Electronic World- Jan 2012
  • Preceptorship Westchester Medical Center- April 2013
  • Current Approaches to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy- NYC March 2012
  • Examination of Complex Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy- NYC May 2013
  • daVinci Robotics Surgical System Training & Lab- Hackensack, NJ- January 2014
  • Laparoscopic and Open Ventral Hernia Repair- Montefiore Medical Center- Bronx, NY April 2014
  • Advanced Bariatric Surgery: Reoperations & Sleeve Gastrectomy- Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY-April 2014
  • Dr. Gerhart & Dr. Cione General Surgery Advanced Robotics Program- Celebration, Florida- August 4, 2014
  • Prevention and Management of Complications in Bariatric Surgery- Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH Oct 2014
  • SAGES – Annual Meeting 2015 Nashville, TN April 2015
  • Practical Approach to Managing Complications & Performing Revisional Surgery- Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY May 29-30, 2015

Hospital and Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certified, American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center - Port Jefferson, NY
  • St. Charles Hospital: Chief of Department of Surgery 2013-2016
  • John T. Mather Hospital - Port Jefferson, NY
  • St. Catherine’s of Siena Medical Center - Smithtown, NY
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, NY