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The Surgical Residency Faculty at Saint Agnes Hospital

The surgical residency program at Saint Agnes Hospital benefits from a very large volume of both routine and highly complex cases, due to its various centers of excellence, which have a nationwide referral base. The program is patient-centered, striving to achieve the highest surgical quality by providing care that is appropriate, timely, affective and compassionate. Five full-time surgical faculty and a large base of dedicated, hard-working voluntary surgeons contribute to the education of our residents. The examples below are a cross section.


  • Gopal Kowdley, M.D.

    Gopal Kowdley, M.D.

    Dr. Kowdley is Program Director of the Surgical Residency Progam at Saint Agnes. He went to college at The Johns Hopkins University and received his M.D. from the University of Virginia. He served his surgical residency at the University of Chicago and he holds a Ph.D. in biophysics. He has expertise in a full range of general surgery topics and his additional expertise in thyroid and parathyroid surgery significantly strengthens the program. He is an exceedingly active participant in the basic science and clinical science didactic lectures and contributes to the overall administration of the surgical residency.

  • Andrew Averbach, M.D.

    Andrew Averbach, M.D.

    Dr. Averbach received his medical degree from N. Pirogov Medical School in Moscow, Russia in 1979. He completed training in general surgery and gastrointestinal oncology and practiced at Hertzen Cancer Research Institute until 1992, when he started a research fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Averbach graduated from the Saint Agnes Hospital surgical residency program in 2002. Dr. Averbach is Director of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital, specializing in bariatric, laparoscopic and general surgery. Dr. Averbach is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgeons. He has published more than 80 articles on different topics of general, laparoscopic surgery and surgical oncology.

  • Steven Cunningham, M.D.

    Steven Cunningham, M.D.

    Dr. Cunningham earned his M.D. from George Washington University and completed general surgery residency at the University of Maryland. He has completed fellowships in both oncology research and pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Cunningham is board-certified in general surgery and certified by the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He also serves as a Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.

  • Keith Falcao, M.D.

    Keith Falcao, M.D.

    Dr. Falcao is a graduate of the Saint Agnes Surgical Residency. He has an exceedingly successful and busy private practice of surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital. He is a key component of our program and surgical residents benefit greatly by virtue of their active participation in the care of his patients.

  • Gavin Henry, M.D.

    Gavin Henry, M.D.

    Dr. Henry is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also served his surgical residency and thoracic surgery fellowship. He is board-certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. His expertise in surgery for lung cancer and esophageal cancer contributes greatly to our patients, as well as the training for surgical residents. He provides a superb mentor and role model.

  • Viney Setya, M.D.

    Viney Setya, M.D.

    Dr. Setya is a graduate of the Saint Agnes Surgical Residency. He not only is a very busy practicing general surgeon, but he manages to find the time to make outstanding contributions as part of the core faculty. He is Chief of General Surgery, with additional expertise in ultrasound guided breast biopsy and stereotactic mamotone breast biopsy. His dedication to the training of the surgical residents is truly outstanding.

  • Justin Somerville, M.D.

    Justin Somerville, M.D.

    Dr. Somerville is a colon-rectal surgeon on the Saint Agnes Medical Staff. He went to medical school at the University of Maryland, completed his surgical residency there, and did his colon-rectal fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He mentors the surgical residents in a broad range of colon and rectal surgery, including minimally invasive colon resection and endoscopy.

  • Michael Zatina, M.D.

    Michael Zatina, M.D.

    Dr. Zatina is the Chief of Vascular Surgery. He went to medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his surgical residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He completed his vascular surgery fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Along with his partner, Dr. Donald Wilkerson, he performs a very high volume of both open and minimally invasive arterial reconstructions.

More Information

For more information on our Surgical Residency program please contact Jo Phillips, our surgical resident coordinator, by e-mail