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Acute Care Surgery (Emergency General Surgery)

The Acute Care Emergency Surgery Service (ACCESS) is comprised of trauma and oncology surgeons with expertise in emergency general surgery. We care for a variety of surgical problems including appendicitis, gallbladder disease, small bowel obstructions, diverticulitis, and abscesses. We are dedicated to providing timely and high quality care to emergency patients. We also provide ongoing care for our patients following discharge from hospital through the ACCESS clinic.

Our team:

Our team includes surgeons, a physician assistant, residents, and medical students. One surgeon is in charge of our inpatients and new consults for one week at a time. Every Friday, another surgeon takes over this responsibility. This means that you may see several different surgeons during your hospital stay.

Please keep in mind that your most responsible physician is also a surgeon. He or she will be spending a large part of each day in the operating room. For this reason, the residents are the doctors who you are likely to see most frequently at your bedside. In addition, emergency surgical patients receive care from Dee Naidu, a Physician Assistant specializing in the care of emergency surgical patients. She will answer many of your questions and is in communication with the rest of the surgical team many times per day.

Every morning, the doctors involved in your daily care — including the residents and medical students — visit all the patients in the ward. This is known as the “rounds” and the process may start as early as 6 a.m. The doctors will come to your bedside, assess your medical condition, and may make changes to your treatment plan. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your medical care. You may want to write down your questions in advance.

Following your stay in hospital, you will have a follow-up appointment in the ACCESS clinic. The clinic is run by Dr. Nadler and Dee Naidu. You will see either Dr. Nadler or Dee Naidu in the clinic, even if you had a different surgeon looking after you in hospital.



If you have any questions about Acute Care Surgery or if you are a patient who has recently been admitted under ACCESS and have concerns, please feel free to contact us at

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