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Upstate names two pediatric surgeons to faculty

Two pediatric surgeons with specialization in numerous areas, including oncology, neonatal, trauma and intestinal disorders have joined Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.

Tamer A. Ahmed and Kim Mendelson will also join the faculty at Upstate Medical University.

Michael Ratner, Upstate's pediatric surgery division chief, said Upstate's ability to attract two physicians from this year's graduating class of pediatric surgery residents, about 30 individuals nationwide, speaks volumes.

"Everyone at Upstate, from our new surgery chair, to the outstanding pediatrics faculty and healthcare team, in addition to this outstanding facility, played a key role in landing these talented pediatric surgeons," Ratner said.

Ahmed and Mendelson said their decisions to join Upstate were in part influenced by the presence of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Both surgeons have worked at children's hospitals previously.

"The presence of a children's hospital underscores a community's commitment to providing extraordinary care for children and their families," Mendelson said. "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to care for children and their families in such a first-rate facility."

Ahmed said he was impressed by the facility, but also the medical staff. "Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is a remarkable facility in its design, but more impressive is the dedication of the medical team that cares for kids in this fine facility," he said. "I look forward to caring for children from all across this region."

Ahmed, a native of Texas, is a pediatric surgeon specializing in neonatal surgery, general pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, pediatric trauma and surgery for intestinal disorders.

He most recently served as a fellow in pediatric surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH), part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. With 316 beds, ACH is the sixth largest children's hospital in the country.

Prior to 2008, Ahmed was administrative chief resident in general surgery (2007-2008) at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., where he completed his surgical residency (2001-2008). Ahmed earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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