General Surgery Residency


The Residency in Surgery had its start under its founding Chair, Milford B. Hatcher, M.D., in 1958. Internationally famous for arrhythmia surgery, Will C. Sealy, M.D. succeeded him in 1984. In 1991, Martin L. Dalton, M.D. followed Dr. Sealy as Professor and Chair. The academic growth of the department continued with important clinical programs in trauma and critical care and surgical research. The Residency grew from two to four resident positions. Don K. Nakayama, M.D., a pediatric surgeon, was named the Milford B. Hatcher Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery in 2007. Dr. Dennis W. Ashley was named the Milford B. Hatcher Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery July 1, 2014. In 2017, a 5th resident position was added. The program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee in Surgery of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents regularly finish with more than 1,200 operations during the five-year training program with extensive experience in all areas of general surgery. Residents enter fellowships in all major surgical specialties. The Surgery Department also has a third year medical student clerkship providing a broad experience in trauma, vascular, general and pediatric surgery.

Our Department has to two basic goals: Outstanding graduate medical education and excellence in patient care. The links on the navigation bar will connect you our programs, faculty, residents, and staff. We're proud of them all, and are working hard to continue to provide the best in resident education and surgical care.

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