General Surgery Residency

UF Health Science Center

Welcome to the UF Department of Surgery! Our department has a long tradition of training outstanding clinical surgeons and leaders in academic surgery. The fundamental mission of our department is to provide excellence in patient care, research and education.

Our 65 faculty members practice and teach primarily at two hospitals, UF Health Shands Hospital and the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Hospital, both in Gainesville, Florida. UF Health Shands Hospital is a 996-bed facility that is the tertiary referral center for north central Florida and southern Georgia. The Malcom Randall VA Hospital, part of the North Florida South Georgia VA Health System, is a 289-bed hospital that is one of the busiest in the entire Veterans Health Administration.

Program Mission

To train clinically excellent, broadly trained general surgeons for the state of Florida, with the academic skills to either obtain a faculty position in academic medicine or highly competitive fellowship training after completion of our program.

Program Aims

-Prepare residents for ABS certification in Surgery, maintaining a first time pass rate of 90% or better over a 5 year period.

-Graduate residents who are safe and technically competent clinical surgeons.

-Train surgeons who are capable of broad practice in general surgery.

-Develop Surgeons who are able to serve as the leader of a multidisciplinary care team to provide care of the highest quality.

-Provide residents with the skill set for success in an academic surgical career, with at least 40% of graduates pursuing academic appointments.

-Train physicians who provide high value, cost conscious care.

-Help equip residents with the life skills to navigate professional stressors, include the recognition of symptoms of burnout and the development of healthy coping skills.

Clinical Divisions

surgery team

Each division has strong leadership and is comprised of dynamic and diverse faculty members who are leaders in their specialties and highly-dedicated to resident education and clinical training.

  • Acute Care Surgery 
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy

Research Division

We offer exceptional opportunities for basic, translational and clinical surgical investigation. Our research division is led by Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman of Research, Lyle Moldawer, PhD. Our labs include:

Our surgical residents have the unique opportunity to take time away from their clinical responsibilities after the completion of their PGY2 year to gain experience and training in the basic sciences. Residents can matriculate onto our NIH National Research Service Award T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant, dedicated to training surgeon scientists in the basic sciences. Each resident is dedicates two years to research. After two years of clinical training, each resident works with an established researcher from the department faculty to select a topic to study. Learn more about our residency research program.


Gainesville Downtown

The University of Florida campus is located in beautiful north central Florida within close proximity of the pristine beaches of the Atlantic coast and the fishing villages of the Gulf of Mexico. Gainesville is a vibrant community with numerous cultural, athletic and recreational activities, enhanced by the University of Florida’s prominent intercollegiate athletics.

Taken together, this environment provides a unique opportunity for outstanding training in general surgery, while maintaining a great quality of life outside the hospital.