Department of Surgery

General Surgery

Program Director: Kenneth K. W. Lee, MD

Residents operating

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The General Surgery Residency Training Program provides basic and advanced surgical experience for those seeking a career in general surgery as well as for those who plan to undertake further training in a surgical specialty. The program is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of individual surgeons, whether they are preparing for community practice or academic and research roles.

Though broad-based, the residency emphasizes in-depth training, with graded operative responsibilities for few trainees selected rather than superficial and limited training for a large number. The size of the program encourages esprit de corps and commitment to high standards in patient care.

Surgical Education

The Charles Gray Watson Surgical Education Center offers surgical residents and medical students an array of sophisticated educational and training tools.

Clinical Rotations

The training program features rotations in specialties such as trauma, transplant, and pediatric surgery at seven UPMC hospitals and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Quality Improvement Curriculum

Residents can take part in a Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum in combination with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to improve their knowledge of heath care safety and QI processes.

Research Program

The Department is committed to the academic development of our trainees through a wide range of research projects.

Current General Surgery Residents

View photos and read bios of our current residents.

Resident News

Read the latest news about our residents' impressive accomplishments.

Resident Awards

Our general surgery residents gain valuable experience presenting at international, national, and regional conferences and have won many distinguished awards.


Alumni from the general surgery residency program have gone on to prestigious post-graduate positions after graduation.

Chief Resident Legacy

Stories from our chief residents about their journeys to becoming surgeons


Applications for our categorical training program are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


Contact information for help or additional details about the program.