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General Surgery Residency


A Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Tulane General Surgery Residency. Dating back to 1834 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, we are one of the oldest surgical residencies in the country. Currently, we match 5 categorical residents annually into a 5-year ACGME-accredited program.

Our program is centered in New Orleans and includes rotations at the Tulane Medical Center, University Medical Center, New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and several private hospitals in the metro area. We have one chief rotation in Alexandria, LA to ensure all graduates get exposure to community general surgery.

We believe in a graduated responsibility model to produce competent, confident surgeons. In addition to clinical training, we pride ourselves on producing residents that demonstrate excellence in education, research, innovation, and leadership. The majority of our graduates go on to fellowships in a wide range of subspecialties. Since 2010, 25% of our residents have gone directly into general surgery practice.

Under the leadership of our Chair, Dr. Killackey, we strive to embody the five pillars of esprit de corp of the department of surgery.

  1. Trust is the foundation.
  2. I’m all in.
  3. Each one, teach one
  4. Aspire to greatness
  5. The family in everyone

We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and value nontraditional aspects of applicants. As a department, we believe in equity in the clinical learning environment. We strive towards cultural competency through education for faculty, residents, hospital staff and patients. We understand that a commitment to diversity includes individualized, whole-person development and mentorship.

We know surgery residency is challenging and successful completion requires dedication and hard work. To balance this, we have a deliberate focus on resident wellness. In addition to our commitment to a nurturing learning environment, the wellness program includes monthly,  department-wide social activities, tools to recognize burnout, and resources to support mental and physical health.

I am excited for your interest in our General Surgery Residency and hope you will consider Tulane for your training.

David Yu

Dear Applicant,
As many of you are aware, LCMC Health and the Tulane School of Medicine recently agreed to a partnership. Let us start by saying clearly, the surgical residency program will not be closing and training will not be interrupted.  If anything, we may have to expand as clinical volume grows over the next few years.
LCMC Health is a nonprofit, locally owned and operated, regional healthcare system that formed in 2009 when the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans merged with the Touro Infirmary in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, LCMC Health has grown to be one of the region’s largest healthcare systems.  LCMC Health currently operates six hospitals including East Jefferson General Hospital (EJ) which was acquired in 2020.  As part of the new partnership, LCMC health has purchased Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, and Tulane-Lakeview Regional Medical Center.  Tulane surgery residents already rotate at 8 of these 9 hospitals.
Moving forward, the current Tulane Medical Center hospital (downtown) will transition away from inpatient healthcare.  The location of the Tulane flagship academic hospital will be transitioned to EJ, which is just over 9 miles away and where Tulane will continue to have a to support its faculty, fellows, residents, and students.  Through the purchase of the EJ hospital, in 2020 and the partnership with Tulane in 2022, LCMC has promised to invest over $300 million in the coming years to the EJ campus. Much of which has already begun in preparation of a move to the EJ clinical space early in 2024.
Not lost is the underlying mission of the Tulane School of Medicine to care for the unique, at-need patient population in Orleans Parish.  As part of the transition away from the current Tulane Medical Center, Tulane School of Medicine will also increase its presence at the University Medical Center, a new LCMC Health operated downtown hospital.   This increased presence will allow our faculty, residents and students to continue to deliver care to patients of Orleans Parish.
Over the coming months, we expect considerable growth for the Department of Surgery which we anticipate will lead to increased surgical volume and a better resident training experience.  We know during this transition, there will be unforeseen challenges and problems that require solutions.  We are excited as a department to meet these challenges and promise to be transparent and inclusive of the residents in this process.

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