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General Surgery Residency


The Tulane General Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME accredited 5-year residency program. A one or two-year dedicated research fellowship is available but not required. Each year we select up to 5 applicants to be categorical general surgery residents and 3 to be non-designated preliminary residents. Designated preliminary surgery interns also participate in our program from other surgical subspecialties including otolaryngology, urology, orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Our main mission is to provide a superior surgical education for our residents so that they learn to provide the highest quality medical care.  Established in 1834, we are one of the oldest programs in the country with a long history of innovative and well-respected surgeons both on our faculty and matriculating from our program. We are focused on carrying this legacy forward as we prepare our residents to be future surgeon leaders.  Our residents come from across the country to receive an outstanding educational experience on a broad variety of general surgery rotations including minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, endocrine surgery, transplant surgery, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, trauma and acute care surgery, critical care, and “bread-and-butter” general surgery.  Their rotations occur at several academic and community hospitals locally here in New Orleans, including Tulane Medical Center and University Medical Center New Orleans.  We have very few local fellowship positions, so our chief residents are actively involved in even the most complex cases. By completion of training they are well-prepared to obtain board certification and to practice independently or pursue advanced specialty training at top-tier fellowship programs.  Perhaps most importantly, our residency program is imbued with the culture from our beautiful city, leading to an unparalleled esprit de corps within our department and residency program.