General Surgery Residency

The Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine has a long history of preparing its graduates for careers in academic surgery. That history dates to 1919, when the school appointed its first full-time chairman of the department.

Today, the breadth of the department can be seen in its six divisions: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urologic Surgery and Public Health Sciences. The Division of General Surgery is divided into seven sections:

  • Acute and Critical Care Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
  • Hepato/Pancreatic/Biliary and Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Abdominal Transplantation
  • Vascular Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery is divided into the sections of Cardiac, General Thoracic and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The General Surgery Residency Program – with rotations at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the St. Louis VA Medical Center-John Cochran Division – includes training in all of these specialties.

The program’s top goal is excellence in patient care. This emphasis is reflected, in part, by the rankings of its two primary hospitals: Barnes-Jewish Hospital was ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report Report during 2013-2014 in its Best Hospitals category and St. Louis Children's Hospital was ranked 6th by U.S. News among Best Children's Hospitals for 2013-2014.

The training program also provides outstanding opportunities in research within the Department of Surgery, the laboratories of other clinical or basic science departments in the medical school, or external institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. Residents also can utilize their two to three laboratory years – between their PGY2 and PGY3 years – earning other degrees such as a master of business administration degree, a master of population health sciences degree for expertise in clinical outcomes research, or a master of public health degree.

Meanwhile, the faculty – which is involved in a wide array of research and clinical specialties – provides both strong support for the program and mentoring for residents.

Please browse our website – including the Message from the Chairman, Message from the Program Director, and Residency section – to learn more about the general surgery residency program.