Surgical Services

The team of healthcare professionals include: board certified specialists in anesthesiology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery and urology in addition to certified operating room nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists and operating room technicians.

A skilled nursing staff closely monitors you every step of the way -- from pre-surgical testing to recovery. ELIH nurses take great pride in delivering an extra measure of “caring.”

Due to less invasive procedures and quicker healing times, 85% of today’s surgeries are performed in the Advanced Ambulatory Care Center. Ambulatory surgery patients are briefed prior to their scheduled surgery to ensure that they fully understand the procedure. Patients are closely monitored after the procedure, given written post-operative care instructions and receive a personal telephone call from a registered nurse to follow up on their recovery.

For more information about ambulatory surgery, call 631.477.5350.

General Surgery

Common surgical procedures at ELIH include:

  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
    • Appendectomy
    • Gallbladder
    • Hernia
    • Colon Resection
    • Other Gastrointestinal Procedures
  • Wound Care
    • Venous Ulcers
    • Complex Wounds
    • Wound VAC


With state-of-the-art laparoscopic instrumentation, minimally invasive surgery can be performed with maximum results in the Advanced Ambulatory Surgery Center. Enhanced ancillary services including-- pathology, histology, cytology, microbiology and pre-surgical diagnostics support positive outcomes.

A skilled nursing staff closely monitors you every step of the way -- from pre-surgical testing to recovery. ELIH nurses take great pride in delivering an extra measure of “caring.”

Sampath Subramaniam, MD

Board Certified General Surgery

Sang I. Pak, MD

Board Certified General Surgery

George D. Keckeisen , MD

Board Certified General Surgery


At Eastern Long Island Hospital we strive for excellence in all that we do for our patients. Our Board Certified Urologist, Scott Press, MD, has made great strides and advances in the field of Urology to bring you unsurpassed diagnosis and treatment.

Urological conditions can sometimes be very sensitive matters. Dr. Press approaches every patient with the utmost understanding and brings you an immense knowledge of Urology in order to treat each patient with the greatest rate of improvement and cure.

Scott M. Press MD

Diplomate, American Board of Urology
Board Certified, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Fellow American College of Surgeons

Riverhead, NY 631-591-3120

Urology Services

Diagnosis and treatment of the following cancers:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Non-Cancerous Prostate Disease
    • Diagnosis and treatment of enlarged prostate (BPH)
    • Microwave thermotherapy (TUMT)
    • Greenlight laser 
  • Kidney Stone Disease
    • Kidney stone treatment and prevention
    • Shock wave lithotripsy 
  • Incontinence Male/Female
    • Stress Incontinence
    • Urge Incontinence – "Overactive Bladder"
    • Sacral Nerve Stimulation


Great advances have been made in cataract surgery.

Millions of people undergo this vision-improving procedure every year.
And, they experience excellent results.

Cataract surgery is performed millions of times every year in the United States. In fact, it is the most commonly performed surgery in the U.S. About 98 percent of patients have a complication-free experience that results in improved vision. Customized, blade-free, laser assisted cataract surgery is available at Eastern Long Island Hospital. With “Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery or FLACS,” a computer guided laser based on a real-time image of the eye is captured immediately before the procedure and assists the surgeon in performing several of the critical steps of cataract surgery.

FAQ Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery

How will it feel?
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. You'll spend just a few hours at the site. Because your eyes will be treated with anesthetic, you should feel little to no discomfort. After the surgery, you'll be given a short time to rest. Then, the very same day, you can go home. Within the next 24 hours, your doctor will probably want to see you for an evaluation. Drops will be prescribed to guard against infection and help your eyes heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a clear shield, especially at night, to prevent you from rubbing your eye.

How do I know if I have cataracts?
Typical symptoms include:

  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision. 
  • Changes in the perception of colors. 
  • Problems driving at night because headlights seem too bright. 
  • Problems with glare from lamps or the sun. 
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.
  • Double vision.

These symptoms can also be signs of other eye problems. Consult an ophthalmologist for an eye examination.


Lawrence Buono, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

Christine Buono, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
Riverhead, 631-727-0880
Southold, 631-765-5051

Louis Pizzarello, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
Southampton, 631-283-5152
Riverhead, 631-727-6555

Scott Sheren, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
Riverhead, 631-369-0777
Southold, 631-765-0088


Whether you are an active athlete or someone experiencing chronic joint pain due to osteoarthritis, our Orthopedic specialists are here to help you improve your physical condition.

Our goal is to decrease your pain and improve your overall range of motion. Education, strengthening exercises, reduction of stress on joints, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery are all tools available to help improve your condition.

  • Joint Replacement Surgery 
  • Fractures and Sprains
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Arthroscopic Surgery 

Fred M. Carter II, MD

Diplomate, American Board Orthopedic Surgery

Mattituck, 631-298-4579

Mark G. Creighton, MD

Diplomate, American Board Orthopedic Surgery

Hampton Bays, 631-723-0223


Teresa Habacker, MD

East End Hand Surgery

Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Riverhead, 631-473-4263


Plastic Surgery

Procedures at ELIH include:

  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand & Micro-vascular Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Breast Surgery-Reconstruction/Augmentation
  • Face & Eyelid Surgery/Nose Reshaping
  • Scar Revision/Birthmark Removals
  • Body Contouring/Liposuction

Patients often need emergency plastic surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgery is often performed to correct congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip or cleft palate, facial bone fractures, tumors, or to compensate for tissue removed in cancer.

Plastic surgery procedures include both cosmetic enhancements as well as functionally reconstructive operations. In the former case, where aesthetics are considered more important than functionality, plastic surgery is sometimes referred to as cosmetic surgery. Most procedures involve both aesthetic and functional elements.

Judy Ann Emanuele, MD, FACS

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Fellow American College of Surgeons

Riverhead, 631-369-0490

Spine & Neurosurgery Treatment Services

The Spine Program at ELIH brings a team of neurosurgeons to the community who specialize in the latest neurosurgical procedures for the treatment of complex spinal conditions, such as:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors

Neurosurgical services include comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment for recent neck, back and spine injuries, as well as, chronic debilitating conditions —herniated disks, spinal stenosis, and degenerative arthritis of the spine. The neurosurgery team provides coordinated care with interventional pain management and neurology specialists through consultations and referrals.

New York Spine and Brain Surgery, PC

Department of Neurosurgery, Stony Brook Medicine

Raphael P. Davis, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Frederick B. Gutman, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Daniel M. Birk, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery


East Setauket & Riverhead, 631-444-1213