Maurizio Miglietta, DO

Maurizio Miglietta, DO

Dr. Miglietta graduated from Rutgers University and received a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the NYIT. He did his General Surgery residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York and Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowships at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Miglietta served as the Director of Medical Education and Program Director of a General Surgery residency program at Palisades Medical Center for over 6 years, creating 11 residency programs. He also served as Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at New York University School of Medicine and Director of Trauma and Co-Director of the Surgical ICU at the renowned and historic Bellevue Hospital Trauma Center in New York city and founded and served as Director of the Homeland Security Mobile Trauma Unit. He authored a number of scientific and medical publications and is a member of several scientific societies. Dr. Miglietta is fluent in Italian and speaks medical Spanish.



Paul Davidson, MD, FACS

Paul Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson is a surgeon at Surgical Associates of Utica in New Hartford, New York. He received his Doctor of Medicine from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Davidson is chairman of the Medical Records Committee, a member of the Mohawk Valley Health System Medical Staff Advisory Committee and is one of SEMC’s trauma surgeons.

Nils-Tomas McBride, MD

Dr. McBride earned his Doctorate of Medicine from St. George’s University Medical School in True Blue, Grenada. He completed a General Surgery residency at Easton Hospital in Wilson, Pennsylvania, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.


Jonathan Stahl, DO

Dr. Jonathan Stahl received his medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. He specializes in colon & rectal surgery, trauma surgery & surgical critical care, and minimally invasive surgery and is experienced in trauma and surgical critical care and robotic surgery.



Fayez Chahfe, MD

Dr. Chahfe received his medical degree from the University of Sherbrook (Quebec, Canada) and McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He completed a fellowship at the Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX). He is board certified in Otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Ransford Commey, MD

Ransford Commey, MD, grew up in Ghana, West Africa. He spent his high school years in New York City and received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. After graduation, he worked in vaccine research and development at Merck & Co. Pennsylvania, where he was instrumental in the development and production of multiple vaccines. He left the pharmaceutical industry for medical school in New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Commey finished his General Surgery residency training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he discovered his passion for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive GI Surgery. In residency, Dr. Commey also received training in Robotic General surgery.

Following his residency, Dr. Commey completed his Bariatric Surgery fellowship at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. In fellowship, Dr. Commey trained in various bariatric surgery procedures including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, the Loop Duodenal Switch and revisional bariatric surgery. Additionally, he is trained in performing endoscopic procedures including the insertion and removal of intragastric balloons, insertion of the Aspire Assist weight loss device and the Apollo overstitch endoscopic suturing system

Dr. Commey was nominated and recognized as a 2018 Leading Physician of the World and a 2018 Top Doctor in St. Louis.

William A. Graber, MD, FACS

Dr. Graber founded the bariatric program at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in 2002. He has more than 20 years of experience in laparoscopic surgery and has performed thousands of weight loss procedures.




Nicholas Qandah, DO, FACOS

Dr. Qandah earned his medical degree from Midwestern University AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona. After completing Neurosurgical Residency training at the Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Qandah was awarded the AO Complex Spine Fellowship in Orthopedics and Neurosurgery at the University of Washington-Harborview in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Qandah served as the director of the Complex Spine Program for Neurosurgery and assistant professor of Neurosurgery for the Residency Program at the Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic. Dr. Qandah is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Dr. Qandah treats patients with back and neck pain, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and herniated discs.

Nandita Rao, MD

Nandita Rao, MD

Dr. Rao attended East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine for her medical degree, and then moved to East Tennessee State University for general surgery residency.

She was very involved in both medical student and resident education and was awarded for her efforts every year of residency, including recognition by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching three years in a row.

She was additionally involved in clinical research related to global surgery and the establishment of medical care in internationally underserved areas. Dr. Rao was inaugurated into Alpha Omega Alpha prior to graduation, which is considered the highest honor awarded in medical training based upon compassion, servant leadership, and academic achievement. Following residency, she completed a 1-year fellowship program in metabolic and bariatric surgery at the University of Missouri.

Following residency, she completed a one-year fellowship program in metabolic and bariatric surgery at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Nandita Rao, a board-certified metabolic and bariatric surgeon, is a part of the Medical Staff of MVHS and the MVHS Bariatric Group.

Danielle Thesier, MD

Danielle Thesier, MD, has joined the MVHS Vascular Surgery Group. She specializes in the treatment of conditions of the blood vessels and lymph system (vascular diseases) as well as Vascular Procedures.

Dr. Thesier earned her medical degree, performed her residency in General Surgery and received fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Thesier also completed fellowship training in Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.


Leo P. Sullivan

Leo P. Sullivan, MD, FACS
Leo P. Sullivan, MD, FACS

Leo P. Sullivan, MD, FACS, received his bachelor’s degree from New York University (NYU), majoring in Latin and ancient Greek. He was accepted to NYU School of Medicine early decision. Dr. Sullivan was an intern and resident at NYU and was chief resident at Staten Island University Hospital. After completing his residency he was trauma surgeon and director of the surgical ICU at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Sullivan is board certified in general surgery as well as Trauma/Critical care. He has published over a dozen articles in major referred journals and is a member of the American Venous Forum which includes the top 800 experts of treating venous pathology in the world. He has been a member of the guidelines committee of the American Venous Forum for the last three years and has been on the faculty of the University of New England College of Medicine for over 20 years.



Christina Torchia

Program Coordinator