General Surgery Division


University of Virginia Health System aerialThe Division of General Surgery at the University of Virginia includes full time attending surgeons with training representing the entire spectrum of general surgical experience. Our division is comprised of three sections: Colorectal Surgery, Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Acute Care & Trauma Surgery.  All faculty members have vigorous clinical practices in their areas of expertise. UVA Health has continued to expand its operating capacity and now has 32 major operating rooms. Ambulatory surgery is performed in twelve operating rooms in the free-standing Outpatient Surgery Center. 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.

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, along with emergency and traumatic care. Details of some of these programs are given below:

General Surgery 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.

General Surgery Residency

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Acute Care & Trauma Education and Training

Our section offers several courses to advance education. Our Advanced Trauma Life Support class happens 1-2 times per year and we provide several injury prevention classes and activities throughout the region. Section faculty participate in the ASSET courses yearly, hosted by Sentara Norfolk General hospital. General surgery residents from UVA take this course in their senior years. Our injury prevention coordinator Liz Horton organizes Stop the Bleed courses as well as other injury prevention educational activities throughout our region.

We also have free resources like the Clinical Brain Training site and podcast, and a downloadable app. Since 2012, the website and the Clinical Brain Training podcast have received much attention. Created by Jeffrey Young, MD, these provide educational information for EMS, nursing, residents, medical students, and attending physicians working in critical care and trauma. The website has been visited over 590,000 times and the 128 podcasts have had over 80,000 downloads from all over the world. Additionally, the Acute Care and Trauma Section has an app for iPhone and Android that contains all of our protocols, guidelines, and clinical pearls is available free of charge in the app store or Google Play. The app is updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date information.


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.


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.

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