Support General Surgery

When you support the Section of General Surgery at the University of Michigan, your generosity goes a long way — making a difference for patients, families, and our society in areas as diverse as burn injury, pancreatic cancer, and automotive safety. See how a gift can make you a Victor for Michigan.

Dr. Valbuena and team in operating room
Dr. Raghavendran and general surgery trainees
Dr. Jeruss in the lab with a team of lab members.

The Section of General Surgery remains home to some of the world’s foremost experts in the understanding and surgical treatment of the most complex injuries and illnesses, as well as education and discovery that leads to new and better techniques. Our faculty and residents are recognized as leaders in clinical and basic science research in acute care surgery, colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and surgical oncology.

Our patients, partners and families motivate us to maintain incomparable standards, as our multidisciplinary faculty, researchers and residents are pushing boundaries and thinking courageously. We are tenacious in our search for answers to scientific conundrums so that we may break barriers to new, effective treatment methods. We strive to ensure that our patients receive unparalleled care and we give families peace of mind that their loved ones are in expert hands. Finally, with our robust resident education program, we are shaping the future of surgical care.

General Surgery Education

The Michigan Medicine General Surgery residency program is designed to provide the fundamental instruction necessary to prepare the future leaders of academic surgery. The Department of Surgery is nationally recognized for the excellence of its surgical training programs, ranking #1 in the Midwest and amongst public university programs by Doximity. The program consistently attracts outstanding candidates for residency positions.

We are home to more than 100 full-time faculty members, with a breadth of knowledge and skill that spans disciplines, including biochemistry, immunology, bioengineering and physiology. Residents learn from, and are mentored by, top scientific minds who impart traditions of surgical excellence, and challenge trainees to think outside-the-box to traverse uncharted investigative terrain. Further, our unparalleled expertise and resources in health services research has helped many general surgery residents launch successful careers improving the efficiency of health care in the United States by affecting policy change.

Throughout the seven-year program, residents experience three years of junior clinical training, followed by two years of academic development time, and two years of senior clinical training. During their specific rotations, residents work with and receive valuable feedback from supervising faculty.

Your gift to education in general surgery will help us advance our efforts, ensuring early career physician scientists are equipped with precise clinical skills, highly developed laboratory strategy and the confidence to be bold in their pursuits.

General Surgery Research

The section of General Surgery’s robust research collaborations position us to translate scientific discovery to clinical practice. Our senior investigators work with colleagues across campus to shed light on myriad issues, from the mechanisms of traumatic motor vehicle injury to innovative cancer treatment approaches. With the growing attention to the opioid epidemic in our country, we are collaborating with Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network to change the way opioids are prescribed post-surgery.

We have top researchers working tirelessly to find answers for our patients and families. They are creating pathways to train and motivate up-and-coming investigators that will continue to impact medicine well into the future.

Your contribution to research in general surgery will bring us one step closer to transformative discovery.

General Surgical Patient Care

The faculty and staff in the section of General Surgery at Michigan Medicine will accept no less than excellence for our patients and families. We are committed to the highest level of individualized care and compassion.

We perform a broad spectrum of procedures, and rely on only the best surgeons and team to improve — and save — the lives of those who place their concerns in our hands.

Your gift to support general surgery will allow resources to be directed where they are most needed for optimal patient impact and experience.

For more information about specific medical research, or to contribute directly to a specific general surgery lab, educational endeavor or clinical effort, please contact the Surgery Development Office.