Aurora Pryor, MD, MBA

Dr. Aurora Pryor is Surgeon in Chief at Long Island Jewish Hospital and System Director for Bariatric Surgery at Northwell Health. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her undergrad degree in engineering and her MD from Duke University. She completed her residency in General Surgery at Duke, followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. She was on the faculty at Duke from 2003-2011. She held multiple leadership roles at Duke. Moving to New York in 2011, she served as Vice Chair of Surgery, Chief of Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook from 2011-2022. She was also director of the Advanced GI/MIS/Bariatric/Foregut fellowship at Stony Brook.

Dr. Pryor was the 2019-2020 President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). She has also served as the SAGES Treasurer, Finance Chair, Membership Chair and the Research and Career Development Chair, among other roles. Dr. Pryor currently serves on the American Board of Surgery as a Councilor and as the Vice Chair of the General Surgery Board. She is also Chair of the In Training Exam Committee and Chair of the Video Based Assessment (VBA)Task Force. In addition, Dr. Pryor serves the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as the NY chapter President. She has served multiple national leadership roles within ASMBS including as a member of the Executive Council from 2014-2017. She is past President of the Eastern Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Fellowship Council. Previous Fellowship Council roles have included Secretary/Treasurer, First and Second Vice-President. She is an Associate Editor for Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, has served as Subject Editor for Surgical Endoscopy. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. In 2021, she started the Women’s Leadership in Surgery Society for which she is the inaugural President.

Dr. Pryor’s work has appeared in more than 250 publications, and she has co-edited four textbooks. She has given more than 300 presentations worldwide, has received a number of research grants and holds patents for several surgical technologies, including the Transenterix SPIDER single port system. Her current research efforts focus on advancing laparoscopic bariatric and GI surgery techniques and outcomes, and on new technology in surgery. Her clinical care focuses on individualized treatment options of patients with gastroesophageal diseases, obesity and hernia. She offers a range of laparoscopic, endoscopic and traditional surgical approaches. She has actively engaged in several FDA trials and offers the latest available treatment options to her patients.