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Toni Beninato, M.D.

Former Clinical Fellow
Endocrine Surgery
Section of Endocrine Surgery,
Division of General Surgery


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  • New York University, B. A., 2004
  • Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, Doctor of Medicine, 2008
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical College, General Surgery, 2008-2011
  • Research Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2011-2013
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical College, General Surgery, 2013-2015
  • American College of Surgeons – resident member, 2008-present
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Adrenal

Toni Beninato, M.D.  joined the Division of Endocrine Surgery for a one year clinical fellowship in July 2015. Previously, she completed General Surgery training at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical College.

  • Administrative Chief General Surgery Resident, 2014-2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2007
  • NJMS Alumni Association Scholarship, 2007
  • NJMS Alumni Association Scholarship, 2006
  • Columbian Foundation Scholarship, 2005
  1. Kleiman DA, Finnerty B, Beninato T, Zarnegar R, Nandakumar G, Fahey TJ 3rd, Lee SW.  "Features Associated with Metastases Among Well-Differentiated Neuroendocrine (Carcinoid) Tumors of the Appendix:  The Significance of Small Vessel Invasion in Addition to Size."  Accepted for an oral podium presentation at the 2015 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting May 30-June 3, 2015.

  2. Crowley MJ, Erler P, Keutgen XM, Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Scognamiglio T, Elemento O, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJ 3rd.  "Dicer Expression and MicroRNA Dysregulation are Associated with Aggressive Features in Thyroid Cancer."  Presented as an oral podium presentation at the 2014 American Association of Endocrine Surgery Annual Meeting April 27-29, 2014.

  3. Beninato T, Kleiman DA, Uccelli A, Vaca D, Scognamiglio T, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R. "Minority Rules: 10% Tall Cells Confer the Aggressive Features of the Tall Cell Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma."  Presented as an oral podium presentation at the 2013 American Association of Endocrine Surgery Annual Meeting April 14-16, 2013.

  4. Kleiman DA, Sporn MJ, Beninato T, Crowley MJ, Nguyen A, Uccelli A, Scognamiglio T, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJ. "Cytologic Atypia is Equilvalent to BRAF(V600E) Status in Predicting Malignancy of Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules."  Presented as an oral podium presentation at the 2012 American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting September 30 to October 4, 2012.

  5. Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Bosworth BP, Brunaud L, Ciecierega T, Crawford CV, Turner B, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R. "Early Referral for 24-Hour Esophageal pH Monitoring is More Cost-Effective than Prolonged Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Patients With Suspected Gastroesophageal Reflux Diasease." Presented as an oral podium presentation at the 2013 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Annual Meeting May 17-21, 2013.

  6. Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Crowley, MJ, Panarelli N, Liu YF, Lieberman MD, Elemento O, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJ. "Loss of UCHL1 Expression is Associated With Local and Distant Metastases of Gastrointestinal Well-Differentiated Neuroendocrine (Carcinoid) Tumors." Presented as an oral podium presentation at the 2013 American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting October 6-10, 2013.

  7. Kluijfhout W, Pasternak J, Drake FT, Beninato T, Kwon J, Lee J, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Liu C, Suh I, Duh QY, "Incidental N1a in Patients with PTC is an Independent Predictor of Recurrent Disease" Accepted as a poster presentation at the 2015 International Thyroid Congress meeting, October 18-23, 2015.

  8. Beninato T, Nissan DA,  Filicori F,   Kleiman DA, Servais E, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R, "Prospective Case Control Study of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Obese Patients" Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 Society of Alimentary Tract and Gastrointestinal Surgery Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2012.

  9. Kleiman DA, Sporn MJ, Beninato T, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R. "Early Referral for 24-hour Esophageal pH Monitoring May Prevent Unnecessary Treatment With Acid-Reducing Therapy."  Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 Society of Alimentary Tract and Gastrointestinal Surgery Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2012.

  10. Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Panarelli NC, Crowley MJ, Buitrago D, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJF.  "Immunohistochemistry Staining Patterns of Carcinoid Tumors of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract."  Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 American Association of Endocrine Surgery Annual Meeting April 29 to May 1, 2012.

  11. Beninato T, Vaca D, Scognamiglio T, Kleiman DA, Nguyen A, Ucelli A, Cabot J, Fahey TJ, Zarnegar R.  "Does Percentage Matter? Differences in Pathologic Features and Clinical Behavior Between Tall Cell Variant of Papillary Thyroid Cancer and Papillary Thyroid Cancer With Tall Cell Features."  Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 American Association of Endocrine Surgery Annual Meeting April 29 to May 1, 2012.

  12. Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Hodgens J, Shou I, Zarnegar R, Fahey TJ. "Does Bethesda Category Matter?  Correlations Between Bethesda Classification and Features of Local Aggressiveness Among Malignant Thyroid Nodules."  Presented as a poster presentation at the 2013 American Association of Endocrine Surgery Annual Meeting April 14-16, 2012.

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  1. Beninato T., Fahey TJ III, Zarnegar R, "Hyperaldosteronism", Clark Textbook of Endocrine Surgery, 3rd Edition. (in press)

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