General Surgery

Few specialties cover as much ground as General Surgery, as we advance life-changing treatments in areas as diverse as trauma, endocrine surgery, surgical oncology and veterans’ surgical care. Underlying our broad responsibility to clinical excellence at Michigan Medicine is our commitment to training the next experts in academic surgery and to developing the knowledge and techniques that drive advancements for the future.

With more than 100 faculty, approximately 7,000 operative cases a year, and more than $8 million annually in external research funding, the Section of General Surgery at the University of Michigan ranks among the top 5 in size and impact for units of its kind.

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Clinical Strengths

Our approach to patient care is built on a model of coordination across multiple specialties, providing patients with a comprehensive experience that coalesces the best medical advice from a team of experts. With more than 23,000 patient visits and roughly 7,000 OR cases each year, Michigan General Surgery offers a rare depth of experience across 7 surgical specialties.  

Training

We’re committed to educating the profession’s future surgical leaders, beginning with medical student education and extending to advanced fellowship programs. Michigan General Surgery is home to a No. 1-ranked general surgery residency, as well as competitive fellowships in surgical critical care, endocrine surgery, acute care surgery, and surgical breast care.

Research

The research program at the Section of General Surgery is striking for its creativity and breadth, covering basic research to clinical trials. Current efforts include: enhancing quality of life and preventing injury through education at the nationally recognized Trauma Burn Center; developing new immunotherapies for cancer treatment; personalizing health care through novel use of CT scans to assess surgical outcomes, and a new field we call morphomic analysis.

The Michigan Promise

Residents and faculty in the Department of Surgery at Michigan Medicine benefit from resources provided through the Michigan Promise, an investment in surgical faculty and residents to promote professional and academic success. The Michigan Promise focuses on initiatives in six areas of impact: Environment, Recruitment, Achievement, Leadership, Innovation, and Outreach.