Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D.
Cheguevara Afaneh, MD, is an Instructor of Surgery and Assistant Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is currently specializing in Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery, including foregut surgery, bariatrics, as well as gastroesophageal motility disorders. He has a special focus in minimal access surgery, including single-incision laparoscopy and single-incision robotic surgery, offering patients improved cosmesis and potentially less postoperative pain. He also has expertise in Endoscopy, BRAVO wireless pH probe monitoring, and High-resolution esophageal manometry.
Dr. Afaneh received his BS in 2003 from the University of Miami, FL, and earned his MD from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/The Chicago Medical School, IL, in 2007. He completed his general surgery internship and residency training and a surgical research fellowship in transplantation medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Afaneh has authored over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals, co-edited a textbook, authored 12 textbook chapters, and has given more than 40 national and international presentations. Dr. Afaneh has won many awards and honors including being selected for Alpha Omega Alpha in 2007, and was named twice to Cambridge’s Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals. He received Genzyme Fellow’s Clinical Science Award in 2010, the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Falcon Award in 2011, the First place Resident Research Award at the 2nd Annual Scott & White’s Surgical Innovations Conference in 2012, the 13th Annual Hassan Naama Chief Resident Teaching Award in 2014, received 2nd Place in the Top Gun Competition at the annual meeting for the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons in 2014, and received the 2015 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Residents and Fellows Reserch Conference Presentation Award. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Surgical Infections, Cancer Investigation, BMC Surgery & World Journal of Gastroenterology. Additionally, he was named the Administrative Chief Resident of his graduating residency class.
Dr. Afaneh is Board Certified in General Surgery. He has also has certifications in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES). He is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), New York Academy of Science (NYAS), Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (SLS), and the Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS). He also serves on the Resident Education Committee for the Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract. Dr. Afaneh is fluent in both Spanish and Arabic.
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.
- AETNA [PPO]
- AETNA [Medicare]
- AETNA [HMO]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Essential
- Affinity Health Plan
- Blue Priority Network
- Emblem Select Care
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Fidelis Care
- GHI [CBP]
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Republic
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- UHC Compass
- United Empire
- United Health Care
- United Health Care [Medicare]
- United Health Care [Community Plan]
- VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
- VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]
Peer Reviewed Articles
Finnerty BM, Aronova A, Afaneh C, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R. General surgery training and robotics: are residents improving their skills? Surg Endosc 2015 [Accepted, in press].
Afaneh C, Finnerty B, Abelson J, Zarnegar R. Robotic-assisted Heller myotomy: a modern technique and review of outcomes. Journal of Robotic Surgery. 2015 [Accepted, in press]
Abelson JS, Turbendian H, Pomp A, Afaneh C. Recurrent intussusception in a gastric bypass patient with incidental Meckel's diverticulum: a case report. J Minim Access Surg. 2015 [Accepted, in press]
Abelson JS*, Afaneh C*, Rich BS, Dakin G, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJ 3rd, Pomp A. Advanced laparoscopic fellowship training decreases conversion rates during laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute biliary disease: A retrospective cohort study. Int J Surg. 2015 Jan;13:221-6.
*Both authors contributed equally to this work.
Torghabeh MH, Afaneh C, Saif T, Dakin GF. Achalasia five years following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. J Minim Access Surg. 2014 [Accepted, in press].
Afaneh C, Abelson J, Schattner M, Janjigian YY, Ilson D, Yoon SS, Strong VE. Esophageal reinforcement with an extracellular scaffold during total gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Apr;22(4):1252-7.
Afaneh C, Gerszberg D, Slattery E, Seres DS, Chabot JA, Kluger MD. Pancreatic cancer surgery and nutrition management: a review of the current literature. HepatoBiliary Surg Nutr 2015;4(1):59-71.
Afaneh C, Costa R, Pomp A, Dakin G. A Prospective Randomized Control Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Omentopexy During Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Reducing Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jan;29(1):41-7.
Aull MJ, Afaneh C, Charlton M, Serur D, Douglas M, Christos PJ, Kapur S, Del Pizzo JJ. A randomized, prospective, parallel group study of laparoscopic vs. laparoendoscopic single site donor nephrectomy for kidney donation. Am J Transplant March 2014 Jul;14(7):1630-7.
Afaneh C, Abelson J, Rich B, Dakin G, Zarnegar R, Barie PS, Fahey TJ, Pomp A. Obesity does not increase morbidity of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug;190(2):491-7.
Rich BS, Creasy J, Afaneh C, Muensterer OJ. The international experience of single incision pediatric endosurgery: current state of the art. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2014 Jan;24(1):43-9.
Afaneh C, Cheng E, Aull MJ, Watkins AC, Kim J, Leeser DB, Kapur S. Renal allograft outcomes following early corticosteroid withdrawal in Hispanic transplant recipients. Clin Transplant. 2013 Nov-Dec;27(6):E611-8.
Afaneh C & Kluger MD. Laparoscopic liver resection: lessons at the end of the second decade. Semin Liver Dis 2013;33(3):226-35.
Afaneh CI, Fish D, Rich B, Barie P. Image of Surgical Infections: contained cecal perforation within a strangulated scrotal hernia.Surgical Infections 2013 Oct;14(5):486-7.
Marcotte E, Afaneh C, Pomp A, Cherqui D. Image of the Month-Quiz Case. JAMA Surg. 2013;148(4):395-6.
Muthukumar T*, Afaneh C*, Ding R, Tsapepas D, Lubetzky M, Jacob S, Lee J, Sharma V, Lee J, Dadhania D, Hartono C, McDermott J, Aull M, Leeser D, Kapur S, Serur D, Suthanthiran M. HIV-infected kidney graft recipients managed with an early corticosteroid withdrawal protocol: Clinical outcomes and messenger RNA profiles. Transplantation. 2013;95(5):711-720.
*Both authors contributed equally to this work.
Afaneh CI, Ho VP, McWhorter P, Nicolau DP, Barie PS. Minor fluctuations of renal function may alter therapeutic drug concentrations substantially during high-dose, continuous-infusion beta-lactam therapy of multi-drug-resistant gram-negative bacilli. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2012 Dec;13(6):415-7.
Aull MJ, Dadhania D, Afaneh C, Leeser DB, Hartono C, Lee JB, Serur D, Del Pizzo JJ, Suthanthiran M, Kapur S. Early corticosteroid withdrawal in high risk recipients of renal allografts: a single center report of ethnically diverse recipients and recipients of marginal deceased donor kidneys. Transplantation 2012 Oct 27;94(8):837-44.
Balachandran VP, Aull MJ, Charlton M, Afaneh C, Serur D, Leeser DB, Del Pizzo J, Kapur S. Kidneys from older living donors provide excellent intermediate-term outcomes after transplantation. Transplantation. 2012 Sep 15;94(5):499-505.
Leeser DB, Aull MJ, Afaneh C, Dadhania D, Charlton M, Walker J, Hartono C, Serur D, Del Pizzo JJ, Kapur S. Living donor kidney paired donation transplantation: experience as a founding member center of the National Kidney Registry. Clin Transplant. 2012 May-Jun;26(3):E213-22.
Afaneh C, Aronova A, Ross JR, Leeser DB. Use of Hybrid Vascular Grafts in Failing Access for Hemodialysis: Report of Two Cases. J Vasc Access. 2012 Jun 12;0(0):513-515.
Rich BS, Keel R, Ho VP, Turbendian H, Afaneh CI, Dakin GF, Pomp A, Nicolau DP, Barie PS. Cefepime Dosing in the Morbidly Obese Patient Population. Obes Surg. 2012 Mar;22(3):465-71.
Afaneh C, Ramasamy R, Aull MJ, Leeser DB, Sosa RE, Kapur S, Del Pizzo JJ. The Evolution of Laparoscopic Right Donor Nephrectomy: Progression to Single Site Surgery. J Transplant Technol Res 2011, 1:103.
Afaneh C, Sheth S, Aull MJ, Leeser DB, Kapur S, Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Nephrectomy in Obese Living Renal Donors. J Endourol. 2012 Feb;26(2):140-6. Epub 2011 Dec 5.
Wang GJ, Afaneh C, Aull MJ, Charlton M, Ramasamy R, Leeser DB, Kapur S, and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) live donor nephrectomy: single institution report of initial 100 cases. J Urol. 2011 Dec;186(6):2333-7.
Afaneh C, Aull MJ, Schubl S, Leeser DB, Kapur S. Induction Therapy: A Modern Review of Kidney Transplantation Agents. J Transplant Technol Res 2011, S4-001.
Afaneh C, Aull MJ, Gimenez E, Wang G, Charlton M, Leeser DB, Kapur S, and Del Pizzo JJ. Comparison of Laparoendoscopic Single Site Donor Nephrectomy and Conventional Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy: Donor and Recipient Outcomes. Urology. 2011 Dec;78(6):1332-7.
Ho VP, Jenkins SG, Afaneh CI, Turbendian HK, Nicolau DP, and Barie PS. Use of Meropenem by Continuous Infusion to Treat a Blakpc-2-Positive Klebsiella pneumoniae Blood Stream Infection. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2011 Aug; 12(4):325-7.
Ramasamy R, Afaneh C, Aull M, Leeser DB, Kapur S, and Del Pizzo JJ. Comparison of Complications in Laparoscopic Versus Laparoendoscopic Single Site Donor Nephrectomy Using the Modified Clavien Grading System. J Urol 2011 Oct;186(4):1386-90.
Afaneh C, Rich B, Aull MJ, Hartono C, Leeser DB, and Kapur S. Pancreas Transplantation: Does Age Increase Morbidity? J Transplant 2011; 2011:596801.
Afaneh C, Rich B, Aull MJ, Hartono C, Kapur S, and Leeser DB. Pancreas Transplantation Considering the Spectrum of Body Mass Indices. Clin Transplant . 2011 Sept-Oct; 25(5): E520-9.
Afaneh C, Ramasamy R, Leeser DB, Kapur S and Del Pizzo JJ. Is Right Sided Laparoendoscopic Single Site (LESS) Donor Nephrectomy Feasible? Urology 2011. Jun; 77(6): 1365-9.
Afaneh C, Muthukumar T, Lubetzky M, Ding R, Seshan S, Snopkowski C, Sharma C, Dadhania D, Suthanthiran M. Urinary Cell Levels of mRNA for OX40, OX40L, PD-1, PD-L1 or PD-L2 and Acute Rejection of Human Renal Allografts. Transplantation. 2010 Dec 27;90(12):1381-7.
Afaneh C, Halpern J, Cheng E, Aull MJ, Figueiro J, Kapur S, and Leeser D. Steroid Avoidance in 2-Haplotype Matched Living Donor Renal Transplants with Basiliximab Induction Therapy. Transplant Proc. 2010 Dec;42(10):4526-9.
Books, Book Chapters and Reviews
Cheguevara Afaneh and Gregory Dakin (2014). Enteric Leaks after Gastric Bypass: Prevention and Management. Bariatric Surgery Complications and Emergencies, 1st Edition. Herron (Ed.), ISBN. Springer.
Cheguevara Afaneh and Alfons Pomp (2014). Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity. Evidence-based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2nd Edition. Kenric Murayama (Ed), ISBN. Springer.
Cheguevara Afaneh and Fabrizio Michelassi (2014). Bowel Sparing Procedures in Crohn’s Disease of the Small Intestine. Crohn’s Disease: Basic Principles. Alessandro Fichera and Mukta Krane (Ed), ISBN. Springer.
Cheguevara Afaneh and Vivian Strong (2014). Mid-stage gastric cancer: surgical resection techniques.Textbook of Complex General Surgical Oncology. Morita, Balch, Klimberg, Posner, Schulick, Tanabe (Ed.), ISBN, McGraw-Hill.
Cheguevara Afaneh and Alfons Pomp (2014). Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Technique. Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Philip R. Schauer, Bruce D. Schirmer, and Stacy A. Brethauer (Ed.) ISBN, Springer.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Afaneh has won many awards and honors including being selected for Alpha Omega Alpha in 2007, and was named twice to Cambridge’s Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals. He received Genzyme Fellow’s Clinical Science Award in 2010, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Falcon Award in 2011, the First place Resident Research Award at the 2nd Annual Scott & White’s Surgical Innovations Conference in 2012, the 13th Annual Hassan Naama Chief Resident Teaching Award in 2014, and 2nd place in the Top Gun competition at the annual meeting for Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) in 2014. At the 2015 Digestive Disease Week (DDW), he received the 2015 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Residents and Fellows Research Presentation Award for his work on gastric cancer.
- Surgery, General
- Robotic Surgery
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
- Bariatric Surgery
- Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
- Stomach Surgery
- Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
- Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- General Surgery
- Abdominal Pain
- Hernia Surgery
- Gallbladder Surgery
- EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
- GERD Surgery
- Robotic Surgery
- Gastric Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Bariatric Surgery
- Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
- Gallbladder and Biliary Diseases
- Stomach Cancer
- Stomach Surgery
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
- B.S., University of Miami, 2003
- M.D., Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2007