Meet Frank Caliendo, MD, FACS, FASCRS is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. He had family members who had been diagnosed with colon cancer, and this is what drew him to his profession. He discusses his education and surgical background.
My name is Frank Caliendo. I'm a board certified colon and rectal surgeon. I was born and raised here on Long Island. I attended Hofstra University to receive my undergraduate degree in biology, with a minor in music. I had family members that had diagnosis of colon cancer, and this strengthened my desire to become a physician. And I attended the Chicago Medical School, and from medical school training went on to surgical residency training on Long Island, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After doing general surgery residency, I did my colon and rectal residency/fellowship in New Jersey, and completed that training in 2000. I then stayed in New Jersey as an attending physician for the next four years, and then returned to Long Island in 2005, and since that time I been practicing colon and rectal surgery. In 2015, I completed a master degree at Dartmouth College, in health care delivery science. And it was matriculating in these courses, that also has led us in the direction of putting patient-centric medicine and care at the top of our list. I'm married with four boys, ranging from ages 5 to 16. They keep me very busy, outside of medicine. We enjoy boating, and the beach, and I personally still enjoy playing music with friends, and cooking. So looking back now after all my training, music is still a very big part of my life, and it certainly does help keep my life balanced. One of the greatest things of being a colon rectal surgeon, is that I do enjoy what I do. I certainly don't look at it as a job, I'm sure I can speak for the rest of the staff here at CRSSNY, that we are committed to the patients and people of Long Island. And I believe that together we can do great things, with the advancements of health care, specifically in the field of colon and rectal surgery.