Fredric H. Itzkowitz


General Surgery

I attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then conducted my internship and residency in general surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens, NY. I then completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

I chose general surgery because I like working with my hands. Surgery requires a lot of problem solving and I enjoy using different tools to get to the correct solution. I am always thinking outside the box. Each case is unique. Every day, I have to think critically and use the skills I’ve learned in training and throughout my years of practice to achieve the best outcome for my patients.

At first, I wanted to specialize in colorectal surgery and I did that for a few years. As medicine progressed, the science of diagnosing and treating breast cancer moved at a very rapid pace. The awareness around breast cancer and advancements in the medicine used to combat breast cancer piqued my interest. Since then, I am proud to have been able to stay current on cutting-edge treatments for benign and malignant breast cancer. Now, with the addition of 3D mammography at Firelands, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is becoming even more important in my practice. When I lived in New York, I promised my wife we would return to Ohio after my training was complete. At that time, the general surgeon in this area was looking for a partner. I liked that this area was slower paced than Manhattan. We have loved raising our family here.

Throughout the years, I’ve become more involved in the medical center and I’ve been privileged to see it grow. I think Firelands is unique because it has the backing of a strong, community-minded board of directors. Under their leadership, the medical center has remained committed to keeping technology current. This is evident especially in the surgical suites. I also think that the aesthetics of the medical center are important for both patient and for physician morale.

I love coming into work in a modern, clean and soothing environment. Beyond that, I am always impressed by the teamwork I see at Firelands. The staff works so well together and physicians are well supported by everyone.







Medical School

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (Old Westbury. NY)


Peninsula Hospital Center- NY


Lehigh Valley Hospital- PA


Peninsula Hospital Center- NY