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Division of Colorectal Surgery

Gabriela Poles, M.D.

PolesDr. Gabriela Poles received her Medical Doctorate and her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012. She then completed her General Surgery Residency at Maine Medical Center in 2017, followed by a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at St. Mark's Hospital in 2018.

Dr. Poles' special interests are minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic, robotic and trans-anal surgery. She provides services for the breadth of colorectal surgery, including colorectal, appendiceal and anal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders and anorectal diseases. Dr. Poles has a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease and complex diverticulitis. Her other interests include outcomes research and community health. 

Dr. Poles' goal is to provide treatment to her patients with compassion, education, and patient partnership. She believes that this approach, combined with the most current knowledge available, achieves the best outcomes in the ever-changing field of medicine.

Dr. Poles is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Outside of work, Dr. Poles enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking, biking and skiing.

General Surgery

Adam Basler, M.D.

BaslerAdam Basler received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in 2013. He recently graduated from his surgical residency at Michigan State University.
Since 2009, he has been the co-founder of the Haymarket Center Clinic, as well as a volunteer at a number of community health clinics, including the Franciscan Homeless Shelter Clinic. Throughout residency he had participated in numerous quality improvement projects and resident education initiatives.
Dr. Basler will practice broad based general surgery, but has particularly clinical interest in advanced minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery and endoscopy. Dr. Basler looks forward to working with referring providers and providing patients the opportunity to receive surgical care close to home.

John P. Risolo, M.D.

RisoloDr. John P. Risolo was born in Rochester, NY and is a graduate of The University of Rochester. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse in Syracuse, NY. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at The Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He has had the privilege of practicing general surgery in Rochester, NY for over 18 years. Dr. Risolo is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Risolo's expertise is in a broad range of traditional and minimally invasive general surgical procedures, including an extensive experience with gallbladder and hernia surgeries.
Dr. Risolo has been appointed to Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at The University Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He looks forward to working with patients and referring physicians to provide quality and compassionate general surgery care.

Brian Watkins, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

WatkinsBrian Watkins received his medical degree, with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, fromthe Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999. During medical school, he also earned his Master of Science Degree in Gross Anatomy.
He completed general surgical residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, the most established training program for rural general surgeons in the country. Dr. Watkins' clinical interests include advanced minimally invasive surgery, endocrine surgery and broad based general surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
For the last 12 years, Dr. Watkins has been a General Surgeon practicing in the Rochester area. Dr. Watkins special interest in clinical and gross anatomy has led to teaching positions with both RIT and the University of Rochester.
In his new role at UR Medicine, Dr. Watkins will be responsible for building a collaborative general surgery program across the three UR Medicine affiliates in Dansville, Hornell and Wellsville.

Division of Plastic Surgery

Jonathan I. Leckenby, M.B.B.S., B.Sc.

LeckenbyDr. Leckenby was educated at Eton College, Windsor UK and completed his undergraduate bachelor's degree in basic medical science and advanced human anatomy at King's College, London. After studying at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London he graduated in 2006 and completed his junior surgical training in London. Dr. Leckenby began his specialist training in plastic surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, London in 2011 under the guidance of Professor Adriaan Grobbelaar where he was introduced to the highly specialized area of facial palsy surgery and developed a passion for learning the skills required to treat this challenging patient population. Dr. Leckenby secured funding to study the process of nerve regeneration formally and worked in Professor Jeff Lichtman's lab at Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar, collecting data for his PhD postdoctoral thesis.

Dr. Leckenby pursued a further two years of sub-specialist training in facial palsy surgery and complex reconstructive microsurgery at Inselspital University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland. As part of the research team, he secured a Department of Defense grant to analyze the role the lymphatic system plays in vascularized composite allotransplantation in an effort to minimize immunosuppression requirements in face transplantation and was awarded the Swiss National Research Prize in 2016.

In 2017, having passed his European plastic surgery board examinations (EBOPRAS), Dr. Leckenby returned to London to complete a senior microsurgery fellowship concentrating on the treatment of facial paralysis. Under the mentorship of Professor Grobbelaar, he worked to publish on the topic widely and has helped pioneer a new technique for the reanimation of the paralyzed eye by transplanting one of the thinnest muscles in the body, the platysma. Dr. Leckenby joined the University of Rochester in May 2018 to establish a laboratory investigating peripheral and spinal nerve regeneration with three-dimensional electron microscopy. Ultimately, the aim is to take the lessons learned in the laboratory and translate the results into better outcomes for our patients; truly taking science from the bench to the bedside.

Elaina Chen, M.D.

ChenIntroducing Dr. Elaina Chen, the newest member of the UR Plastic Surgery faculty group. As a recent graduate of the UR Plastic Surgery Residency, Dr. Chen is familiar with the unique characteristics and diverse needs of patients in the Greater Rochester Area and surrounding regions. Within the field of Plastic Surgery, her practice focuses on a broad spectrum of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery including breast cancer reconstruction, breast reduction or augmentation, benign and malignant skin lesions, body contouring, complex trunk and extremity reconstructions, facial rejuvenation, facial trauma reconstruction, and surgical and nonsurgical options for wound care. She is also certified in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and sees patients at the Sawgrass Wound Healing Center. Dr. Chen believes in taking care of the whole patient with respect to his or her medical condition, treatment goals, and personal values. She prides herself on her deep attention to detail in her work and holds herself to a high standard when it comes to delivering excellent and collaborative patient care. She is accepting new patients in our Sawgrass Plastic Surgery suite, which is located conveniently in Brighton, NY.

Division of Thoracic and Foregut

Michal J. Lada, M.D.

LadaDr. Michal J. Lada joined the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. He is a graduate of Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Lada was awarded his medical degree from Jagiellonian University Medical College.
Dr. Lada completed his General Surgery internship and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center during which he dedicated an additional two years as a research fellow with a focus on esophageal cancer and motility disorders. He then completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery training at the University of Rochester Medical Center as part of the 4+3 General Surgery/Thoracic Surgery Combined Program.
He has been the primary author or co-author on numerous research publications and is active in presenting his research on thoracic and foregut surgery nationally and internationally. He is involved in numerous societies including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, General Thoracic Surgical Club and the International Society for Diseases the Esophagus.
His clinical interests include minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung cancer and mediastinal tumors, esophageal disease including gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's Esophagus and esophageal cancer. Dr. Lada is dedicated to the provision of patient-centered care involving compassion, communication and state-of-the-art surgical treatment.

Division of Surgical Oncology 

Jessica Gooch, M.D.

Jessica GoochDr. Gooch is originally from England, but spent most of her childhood growing up in northern New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2007. While there, she also completed minors in both Chemistry and History and was a graduate of the college honors program.
She then attended Georgetown University for medical school, graduating as an MD in 2011. She subsequently was a resident in General Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, NY until graduation in 2017. Her training included a sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year to pursue clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in the department of Breast Surgery.
Following surgical residency she completed a one year SSO-accredited fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at New York University Langone Medical Center, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Rochester.

Ann Olzinski-Kunze, M.D.

Olzinski-KunzeDr. Olzinski-Kunze earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then completed her internship and surgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Rochester. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in Breast Surgery here at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Olzinski-Kunze worked as an Attending Surgeon, Instructor of Surgery, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital from 2004 to 2008. During this time, Dr. Olzinski-Kunze also served on the Strong Memorial Hospital Cancer Committee, from 2006 to 2008.
Now, after working in private practice for several years, Dr. Olzinski-Kunze is returning to UR Medicine. We are pleased to welcome her back to the Department of Surgery and the Wilmot Cancer Institute Comprehensive Breast Care at Pluta program.
Dr. Olzinski-Kunze is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Olzinski-Kunze has been active in research and has authored and co-authored several publications.