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Faculty Profile

Raj Gulati, M.D.

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College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Teaching Area

    Anatomy, Surgery

  • Education

    Larner College Of Medicine At The University Of Vermont

  • Residency

    S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Medical And Dental Consortium - General Surgery Residency


After growing up in Elmira, New York, Dr. Gulati attended and earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed his medical school at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, in 1989, followed by a general surgery residency at the SUNY Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, in 1994. He has been a practicing surgeon in New York State since then, namely in Buffalo, New York; Harris, New York (in the Catskill region); and most recently, Elmira, New York, from 2004 to 2019. Dr. Gulati’s areas of interest in surgery include hernias, endocrine system, oncology (cancer), biliary tract, colorectal system, pediatric disorders, dialysis access, and trauma. Teaching has always been one of Dr. Gulati’s passions; both his parents were teachers. During medical school, he helped to teach gross anatomy to first-year medical students and physical therapy students. During his years in surgical practice, he has taught physician assistant and nurse practitioner students, as well as third and fourth-year medical students, and surgical and family practice residents. In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Gulati has given lectures on various aspects of surgery, particularly as it is practiced in rural communities. He has published papers with surgical residents and collaborated with medical students and residents on poster presentations. Dr. Gulati’s personal interests include cooking, playing the cello, swimming, and camping with his wife Wendy, and their three children, Samir, Kiran, and Elise, as well as skiing with the children. After enjoying a very busy and successful career in general surgery, Dr. Gulati finds his focus shifting from helping as many patients as possible in the here and now to being able to help train our future physicians. Teaching medical students offers the opportunity to have an effect on the health of a community long after one is no longer practicing. There are aspects of medicine – experience-based – that cannot adequately be taught in textbooks. That is the legacy that Dr. Gulati would like to share with medical students and residents. Furthermore, by sharing the joys of practicing surgery in a rural community, Dr. Gulati hopes to influence medical students to pursue similar practices in their careers. This would help to counteract the erosion of medical care from our nation’s many small communities. At LECOM Elmira, Dr. Gulati will be assisting in the teaching of anatomy and surgery. In addition, he will serve as a PBL (Problem Based Learning pathway) facilitator. He hopes to help develop and teach in Elmira a curriculum for collaborative training between medical, nursing, and other allied health students to foster the development of a ‘team’ approach to healthcare (Interprofessional Education, or ICE). An area of interest for scholarly activity for him is the interdisciplinary treatment approach to hidradenitis suppurativa – an inflammatory skin condition. He looks forward to pursuing scholarly activity with medical students. He will enjoy being a faculty advisor in student interest/service groups.