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General Surgery Residency

Welcome to Tulane Surgery! 

The Tulane General Surgery Residency Program is one of the oldest surgery training programs in the country, initially established in 1834 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. We have a long and celebrated legacy of innovative and well-respected surgeons both on our faculty and matriculating from our program whose accomplishments are known throughout the world. Our rich history has created the foundation for our latest innovations and forward-thinking strategies, including cutting-edge technology and modern educational practices. We are fully accredited through the ACGME and match five categorical residents into our program each year through the National Resident Matching Program.

Our mission is to develop modern surgeons who provide innovative, high-quality care and demonstrate excellence in education, research, and leadership. Our faculty and residents aim to be the clinical powerhouse of the Gulf South, specializing in complex care and underserved populations. Together, with our graduates, we are leading a cascading impact to transform our profession.

Program Aims:

  • Provide the highest-quality, evidence-based and patient-centered care to patients from across the Gulf South, including those requiring complex care and underserved populations.
  •  Successfully recruit diverse trainees and faculty from all populations and geographic regions so our impact reaches into every community.
  • Develop residents, graduates and faculty who are leaders in education for our patients, students and community and who foster a commitment to life-long practice-based learning and education, embodied in the motto “Each One, Teach One.”
  • Provide opportunities for our residents to conduct meaningful and unique research which translates to clinical practice, helps shape clinical guidelines and improves quality and efficiency of surgical care.
  • Intentionally promote physician well-being, professionalism and humanism through our espirit de corps in which the whole person thrives through a culture of mutual trust, commitment, and support.
  • Develop graduates who aspire to greatness and hold leadership roles at all levels, spreading our above listed cultural principals and aims and leading to a cascading impact to transform our profession.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

We, the members of the Tulane Department of Surgery, are committed to establishing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment. We firmly believe diversity amplifies our strengths and fosters a thriving and sustainable community. We respect and embrace the rich distinctions present through race, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Through deliberate and transparent action, we seek to achieve our vision and successfully recruit diverse faculty, staff and residents including those who have been, historically underrepresented in medicine, in an effort to reflect the identities of all of the patients we serve. Persistent examination of our policies and processes provide the opportunity to improve their effectiveness and to minimize bias, prejudice, and discrimination.

Through education, we champion cultural competency and intentionally break down barriers to safe communication. As part of the department, our residency and fellowship programs value diversity and inclusion. They present a rich educational and multicultural experience through a whole-person nurturing environment.

As a department, we strive to create a safe professional community, which offers a sustainable sense of belonging for all staff, students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

Recorded February 12, 2021 Tulane Surgery Grand Rounds "Our Commitment to Diversity":

Recorded 2021 Surgery Residency Webinar Series:

Meet The Chair: September 21, 2021

Meet the Program Directors: September 22, 2021

Meet The Residents: September 28, 2021

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: September 29, 2021

Contact our Residency Coordinator:
Grace Millsaps

*While the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has placed the Tulane School of Medicine on probationary status, we hope it will be reassuring to know that our General Surgery Residency program is fully accredited, with no citations.  The School of Medicine remains accredited, and continues to offer all regular educational, clinical, and research activities. For more information, please visit the ACGME Update on our Tulane website: https://medicine.tulane.edu/education/graduate-medical-education/acgme-update

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