General Surgery

The Department of Surgery at St. John's Episcopal Hospital provides comprehensive general surgical care for the Rockaway region.We work in collaboration with all of the other medical professionals within the hospital and maintain the commitment of the hospital to care for the surrounding community.The department offers a wide range of minimally and less-invasive procedures, including those that use laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques. Surgeons use the smallest incisions possible or the body's natural openings to insert thin, flexible instruments and tiny cameras to perform video-assisted surgery. Minimally invasive surgery results in fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries and less scarring.

Commonly treated Conditions and Procedures:

  • All Basic General Surgical Procedures
  • Advanced Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • All hernia repairs including complex recurrent hernia repairs; Ventral, inguinal, femoral, spigelian, obturator, umbilical, epigastric and hiatal
  • Gallbladder and biliary disease
  • Small bowel and Colorectal disorders, including colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, anal disease, hemorrhoids, and pilonidal disease
  • Appendectomy
  • Acute Care Surgery and Emergency Surgery
  • Anti-reflux operations (GERD); Fundoplication
  • Various benign and malignant stomach diseases, including complications related to previous bariatric surgery
  • Various benign and malignant breast diseases
  • Bronchoscopy, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis
  • Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, including feeding access

The Team:

  • Dr. Neysa Valentin-Capeles, chairperson for the Department of Surgery, also specializes in Vascular Surgery.Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, she also is heavily involved and certified with complex wound care.She was a graduate of the residency program here at St. John’s and was very excited to return and help lead the department.She is also fluent in Spanish.
  • Dr. Jackie Battista, chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery, is also a graduate of the residency here at St. John’s.After becoming Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, she completed her fellowship in MIS before returning to practice in the area.She is also the Program Director for General Surgery residency and enjoys teaching and educating and is active on various hospital committees.
  • Dr. Jacob Eisdorfer, Director of Colorectal Surgery, completed his residency at SUNY Downstate and Colorectal Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson.He is Board certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery.He is also the director for the surgical clerkship for medical students.More information regarding advanced colorectal surgery can be found here.
  • Dr. Theadore Hufford, the newest member of the faculty here at St. John’s completed his medical training at Wright State University, general surgery residency at UIC in Chicago, and an Advanced Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.He is also Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is trained in advanced Endoscopic techniques and certified by SAGES for both FLS and FES.