The Department of Surgery is comprised of nine divisions: Acute Care and Trauma Surgery, Breast and Melanoma Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. All faculty members are full-time faculty on tenure tracks with interests both in clinical research and bench research. All faculty hold joint appointments at the Salem VA Hospital and many are consultants in nearby regional hospitals.
Residents pursue skillful excellence in surgery through our rigorous education program and alongside the guidance and teaching from faculty members. We equip our residents with everything they need to become the surgical leaders of the future. Many have been recognized—locally and nationally—for their achievements.
UVA Health has continued to expand its operating capacity and now has 29 major operating rooms, of which 6 are used by the General Surgery Division. Ambulatory surgery is performed in 6 operating rooms in the free-standing Outpatient Surgery Center. Clinics are available in the Cancer Center, Digestive Health Center and, Primary Care Building. Research laboratories are available in the MR4 facilities and allows ample research space for funded members of the Department.
In 1828, the first medical school graduates were awarded degrees. These degrees were the first ever issued by UVA, and this fact is continually recognized when each Spring the graduating medical students lead all graduates to The Lawn during the graduation ceremony. In 1886, Charlottesville opened its first hospital, and construction to the current UVA Hospital began in 1900.
On August 11 and 12, 2017 the tranquility of our Charlottesville streets were shattered as white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups sparked several violent clashes that resulted in multiple injuries and the tragic death of a young woman, well documented in the press.