Language: English, Arabic, Spanish
Gender: Male
1.
Gastroesophageal Reflux and Motility Disorders Center
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10065
P: 212-746-5294 | F: 212-746-8978
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212-746-5294
2.
GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10065
P: 212-746-5294 | F: 212-746-8978
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212-746-5294

Personal Statement

Cheguevara Afaneh, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He serves as the Associate Program Director of the Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He specializes in General surgery, Foregut surgery, Bariatric surgery, as well as gastroesophageal motility disorders and colorectal disorders. He has a special interest 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 (both EGDs and Colonoscopies), BRAVO wireless pH probe monitoring, and High-resolution Esophageal Manometry. He now offers Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon Therapy for the treatment of Obesity (http://www.orbera.com/). Dr. Afaneh was the first surgeon in New York City to successfully perform Totally Robotic Bariatric Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass).

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. Additionally, he was named the Administrative Chief Resident of his graduating residency class. He subsequently completed his Advanced GI & Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Afaneh has authored over 35 articles in peer reviewed journals, co-edited a textbook, authored 13 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 Endoscopy, Surgical Infections, Cancer Investigation, BMC Surgery & World Journal of Gastroenterology. Most recently, Dr. Afaneh was invited as a guest speaker at the Pediatric & Adolescent Foregut Interdisciplinary Symposium in Mainz, Germany from July 25-26, 2015 where he lectured on Robotic Fundoplication and Robotic Myotomy. Recently, he was an invited discussant for several papers at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago from October 6-8, 2015.

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 serves on the Resident Education Committee and the Advanced GI Surgery Training Taskforce for the Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).  He also serves as a member of the ASMBS Flexible Endoscopy Committee. Dr. Afaneh is fluent in both Spanish and Arabic.

 

 

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Specialties/Expertise

Board Certifications
  • Surgery
Specialties
  • Surgery, General
  • Bariatric Surgeon
  • General Surgery
Expertise
  • Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
  • GERD Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Achalasia
  • Colon Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Diseases
  • Endoscopic Treatment of Obesity
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy With Cholangiography
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Sliding Hiatal Hernia
  • Repair, Hiatal Hernia, Robot-Assisted
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Duodenal Ulcer Disease
  • Duodenal Exclusion With Gastrojejunostomy
  • Duodenal Diverticulum
  • Jejunal Adenocarcinoma
  • Jejunal Intussusception
  • Jejunal Polyp
  • Jejunal Ulcer
  • Creation of Jejunal-Ileal Bypass
  • Jejunal Cancer
  • Diverticulum of Small Intestine
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome

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.

  • [Medicare]
  • [HMO]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro (Effective 1/1/2016)]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Core]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Charter]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care [Medicare]

Education/Training

  • B.S., University of Miami, 2003
  • M.D., Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2007

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.

Biography

Assistant Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University