Surgical Associates
of Ithaca, P.C.

Cayuga Professional Center
1301 Trumansburg Rd
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 273-3161


Our Staff

Many surgical problems do not require the highly skilled training of a general surgeon, but can be more appropriately handled by our physician assistant or nurse practitioner. They are also available to our patients during office hours to answer questions over the phone.



Catherine B. Eckenrode, RN, FNP-C is a registered nurse and certified family nurse practitioner who has been with Surgical Associates for 20 years. She graduated from Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania and, after extensive nursing experience, went on to complete nurse practitioner training at Community General Hospital in Syracuse, New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and an associate member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons.




Christopher L. Peck, RPA-C is a board-certified physician assistant, in practice for 19 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Houghton College in biology and psychology. He then entered the three-year physician assistant program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and subsequently completed one year of postgraduate work in surgery at Norwalk Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Yale University.