General Surgery Residency Program Overview

The Department of Surgery provides a robust general surgery residency program dedicated to creating the next generation of surgical leaders.


The Only General Surgery Residency in Buffalo

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery serves an enormous patient population. The metropolitan population is over 1 million people. Residents in the general surgery residency program are given the opportunity to handle a variety of cases, especially in trauma, vascular, and general surgery.

A Comprehensive Experience

All of our graduates are eligible for Board Certification. Our program meets the requirements of the American Board of Surgery and the Residency Review Committee. We offer comprehensive training in general surgery with sufficient exposure to the sub-specialties over the course of the 5 year residency.

Residents participating in a general surgery residency program bootcamp.

Our general surgery residency program includes 9 categorical residents at each level of training. There are undesignated preliminary rotations as well as designated rotations for orthopedic, urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, vascular surgery, and oral-maxillofacial surgery residents.

Research Opportunities

The general surgery residency program provides research opportunities for residents in all surgical specialties. These opportunities cover a broad range, whether you’re interested in basic science, clinical, epidemiological, or educational research. There are also 1 to 2 year programs for those who would like to pursue a dedicated research experience. Research years can be productive, fulfilling and career enhancing for those who are interested.

Our Affiliations

The department is associated with the Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. We offer training at 6 of our affiliated hospitals, all of which are within a 20 minute drive from each other. These hospitals include institutions specialized in pediatrics and oncology. We seek to give those in our general surgery residency program the most diverse experience possible.

Why choose our residency program?

Several things make our general surgery residency program appealing to trainees and include:

  • Each graduate averages 800-1000 cases over the five year residency program.
  • Experience in working in a variety of hospital systems with interested, enthusiastic surgical educators.
  • A wide range of blunt and penetrating trauma with dedicated trauma intensive care rotations.
  • Advanced Vascular program at Gates Vascular Institute.
  • Designated Endoscopy rotations.
  • Rotations at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer center.
  • A Resident Leadership Committee, elected representatives of each year group, form an integral part of the management and direction of the program.
  • Successful performance on the ABS exams
  • Successful professional placements in fellowships and practice opportunities.
  • A group of residents that exists to support you in your education and work as a team.

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