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YM Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Orchard Medical Center
330 Orchard Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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  • YM Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Orchard Medical Center
    330 Orchard Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
  • Yale Medicine Multispecialty - Guilford
    Yale Medicine Multispecialty
    800 Boston Post Road, Wing Building 3 Fl 2nd Floor
    Guilford, CT 06437

Maija Cheung, MD

Gastrointestinal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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Patient type treated
Adult
Accepting new patients
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Referral required
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Biography

Maija Cheung, MD, is a board certified general surgeon who completed a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. She performs the full range of weight-related surgeries, in addition to gastroesophageal reflux, hernia, and foregut surgeries. She often uses a robotic or laparoscopic surgery approach.

Dr. Cheung decided to pursue minimally invasive surgery partly because she was interested in advanced training in the latest techniques. “I have focused on robotic training as well as other technologies,” she says. “I wanted to be an expert in this field, because I saw the utility of these cutting-edge techniques and their impact on patient care—people return to work faster, have shorter hospital stays, and less pain after surgery.”

She also appreciates the opportunity to get to know her patients and help them make difficult decisions. She cares for her patients both before and after their surgeries, some for months like her bariatric patients. “It’s rewarding to meet them and forge a connection,” she says.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cheung was the first global surgery fellow at Yale. She has focused her research in such areas as capacity-building and educational projects in pediatric surgery, trauma, and general emergency surgery mainly in Uganda. Since 2017, she has been an international advisory board member for Kids Operating Room (KidsOR), a philanthropic organization, helping to steer clinical development opportunities and data collection policies in low- and middle-income countries. She currently serves as the organization’s Global Lead for Surgery.

Dr. Cheung says her international work often informs her clinical practice in the United States. “It makes you appreciate everyone on your team and their function, and the importance of collaborating with them to succeed in any environment that you’re in.” She adds that this ultimately also benefits her patients in the U.S. by informing decisions regarding resource utilization and cost-effectiveness.

Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery (Bariatric, Minimally Invasive)
  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery, Surgery

Education & Training

  • Resident Physician
    Yale University School of Medicine (2020)
  • Global Surgery Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2017)
  • MD
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (2014)
  • BA
    Middlebury College (2005)

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Biography

Maija Cheung, MD, is a board certified general surgeon who completed a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. She performs the full range of weight-related surgeries, in addition to gastroesophageal reflux, hernia, and foregut surgeries. She often uses a robotic or laparoscopic surgery approach.

Dr. Cheung decided to pursue minimally invasive surgery partly because she was interested in advanced training in the latest techniques. “I have focused on robotic training as well as other technologies,” she says. “I wanted to be an expert in this field, because I saw the utility of these cutting-edge techniques and their impact on patient care—people return to work faster, have shorter hospital stays, and less pain after surgery.”

She also appreciates the opportunity to get to know her patients and help them make difficult decisions. She cares for her patients both before and after their surgeries, some for months like her bariatric patients. “It’s rewarding to meet them and forge a connection,” she says.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cheung was the first global surgery fellow at Yale. She has focused her research in such areas as capacity-building and educational projects in pediatric surgery, trauma, and general emergency surgery mainly in Uganda. Since 2017, she has been an international advisory board member for Kids Operating Room (KidsOR), a philanthropic organization, helping to steer clinical development opportunities and data collection policies in low- and middle-income countries. She currently serves as the organization’s Global Lead for Surgery.

Dr. Cheung says her international work often informs her clinical practice in the United States. “It makes you appreciate everyone on your team and their function, and the importance of collaborating with them to succeed in any environment that you’re in.” She adds that this ultimately also benefits her patients in the U.S. by informing decisions regarding resource utilization and cost-effectiveness.

Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery (Bariatric, Minimally Invasive)
  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery, Surgery

Education & Training

  • Resident Physician
    Yale University School of Medicine (2020)
  • Global Surgery Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2017)
  • MD
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (2014)
  • BA
    Middlebury College (2005)

Additional Information

1
YM Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Orchard Medical Center
330 Orchard Street
New Haven, CT 06511
1 of 2
  • YM Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Orchard Medical Center
    330 Orchard Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
  • Yale Medicine Multispecialty - Guilford
    Yale Medicine Multispecialty
    800 Boston Post Road, Wing Building 3 Fl 2nd Floor
    Guilford, CT 06437