Dr. Stephen Samuel Carryl was born in McKenzie, Guyana. After high school there, he continued his studies in Trinidad and then Oakwood University in Alabama. He earned his M.D. in 1988 at Loma Linda University, in California.
Why did he choose medicine? “When I was a child in my home town, Dr. Gordon Baird did surgery on a good friend of mine with a serious problem. The surgery went well and I was inspired,” he says.
Dr. Carryl did his internship and residency in general surgery at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
A board certified surgeon, his expertise is in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, bariatric and robotic surgeries. He was the first surgeon in Brooklyn to perform a robotic gastric bypass in October 2011.
He is the chairman of surgery at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Previously, as the chairman of surgery at Brooklyn Hospital from 2003–2010, he developed and served as director of their Weight Loss Surgery Department.
The Consumer Research Council of America named him as one of America’s top surgeons.
The doctor is president of the non-profit volunteer organization, the Overseas Medical Assistance Team (OMAT) and for 24 years has taken medical teams to the Caribbean and Africa.
He was an early responder to the Haiti earthquake. OMAT has been working in Haiti for the past 16 years with an annual medical mission to Milot in the north and recently at the hospital in Diquini.
Dr. Carryl credits Dr. Richard Fogler, his mentor and later chairman, as having a great influence on his career. “He taught me to be an effective surgeon, to be creative and a surgical and medical leader.”