General Surgery Division

About

The Division of General Surgery at the University of Virginia includes full time attending surgeons with training representing the entire spectrum of general surgical experience. All faculty members have vigorous clinical practices in their areas of expertise. Practices include all problems related to the gastrointestinal tract, abdomen, abdominal wall and hernias, vascular and peritoneal access for dialysis. All surgeons are diplomates of the American Board of Surgery or are Board eligible. All have full-time appointments to the University of Virginia, with adjunct teaching appointments to the Salem Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem, Virginia.

Members of the division have won numerous clinical, investigative, and teaching awards, and these have been institutional, regional and national awards. Several have served in local and national leadership positions, serving as presidents of major surgical societies and on important national boards such as the American Board of Surgery, the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and the Surgery Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Members of the Division of General Surgery have won regional and national recognition for clinical excellence by being named to “Best Doctors” lists and institutional awards for clinical excellence. They have participated in or guided numerous clinical trials. They have won numerous Medical School and University Teaching Awards and regional and national teaching awards. Accomplishments in research and investigation have been recognized, receiving NIH grant support, other peer-reviewed grant support and by hundreds of instances where others request their expertise to speak at national and international symposiums on a wide range of topics.

While a relatively small group of individuals, the list of clinical, academic, teaching and research accomplishments of the group make this a truly distinguished and accomplished group of academic surgeons.

Clinical Programs

The Division of General Surgery offers comprehensive care for all diseases of the abdomen and gastrointestinal tract. It also offers expertise in vascular access procedures. Details of some of these programs are given below:

Education and Training
General Surgery Residency
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The General Surgery Program at the University of Virginia is one of the premier training programs for surgical residents in the country. Residents who complete the program have a national reputation for excellence. Over the past two decades, the majority of finishing residents have obtained their first choice of a fellowship location in whichever discipline they have chosen to purse for further training. Such training programs are recognized as being the top tier for their discipline. On the other hand, the Department of Surgery has few fellows in its various programs, thereby providing a rich experience for residents to participate in the performance of very advanced procedures in the various areas of surgical training provided by the program. The residency achieves outstanding results in national benchmarks, such as a 100% pass rate for graduates sitting for the Certifying Examination in General Surgery for the past decade. The faculty of the program are dedicated to the principle that the most outstanding aspect of the Department is in fact the residency training program, and all exert considerable teaching effort to maintain the high quality of training that has developed.

Residents are given appropriate graduated experience in operative surgery. On completion of their training, they are appraised by the peers who work with them as being trained at a highly skilled level. Residents who finish the program usually also undertake two years of career development, usually in clinical or basic research, and often have a score of publications on their curriculum vitae upon completion of the training program. The esprit de corps of the group is outstanding, with less than 5% of starting residents not finishing the program (national rates are about 20%).

The members of the Division of General Surgery have contributed the most energy and efforts to the teaching program on a per faculty basis than any other division in the department.

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Innovation

Our focus on innovation opens new ways to focus on our primary goal: Giving excellent patient care. With a new form of sleeve gastrectomy, advanced treatment for rectal tumors and our contribution to laparoscopic surgery, we further this goal on the operating table and in our labs each day.

General Surgery Research

Scholarly academic activity is one of the major goals of our Division. Despite being very active clinically and devoting considerable efforts to the teaching mission of the Department, the members of the Division of General Surgery also annually contribute publications to the surgical literature on a variety of clinical research topics. These include outcomes from clinical practices of colorectal surgery, metabolic and bariatric surgery, surgical education and training, surgical infections and dialysis access. Extramural funding from NIH sources in the past, and currently from other granting agencies and industry has been obtained by our faculty to support such research efforts.

Charitable Giving
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Our research and clinical work continues to grow thanks to donations from generous individuals. To support the General Surgery Division, fill out the “Other” donation box. Then check the box “My Gift Has Special Instructions” and type “General Surgery Division.”

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