Dr. Courtney Rentas

Courtney Rentas, MD, MPH

House Officer 2, General Surgery Residency


Dr. Courtney Rentas is a general surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. Courtney graduated summa cum laude with a BS in biology and a BA in psychology from The University of Alabama in 2016. While in college she was named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar and was awarded the Most Outstanding Graduating Senior at The University of Alabama in 2016. Before beginning medical school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), she spent a year working to improve access to care through a community health partnership in rural Alabama. During medical school Courtney served as a co-director of UAB’s student-run free health clinic and became interested in addressing disparities in care. Between her third and fourth year of medical school she earned her MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she conducted research centered on the intersection of social health and surgery alongside mentors at the Center for Surgery and Public Health. Courtney graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and was awarded the Robert J. Cerfolio Award for Outstanding Medical Student in General Surgery while at UAB.


  • Undergraduate: The University of Alabama, 2016
  • Medical School: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 2022
  • Graduate School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2021

Why Michigan Surgery

"Beyond becoming a technically-competent surgeon, I want to come out of training as a socially-responsible physician trained to make surgery more equitable and accessible for all. Michigan stood out to me on the trail because of how cognitively diverse the residents and faculty are despite all sharing the same core values and goal of making surgery an even better field; I knew in coming here I would be pushed to think differently and more critically about the problems facing our healthcare system."


"SEC football, traveling, hiking"