General Surgery Residency Program

Hello 2020 surgery applicants! Just to let you know that our new website is on the way and we will be announcing virtual Q&A dates shortly. In the meantime, please follow us on our social media platforms for updates, announcements and to learn a bit more about our residents and faculty! Looking forward to meeting you soon!   

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Since its inception in 1947, the University of Washington Department of Surgery has trained hundreds of surgeons, many of whom have become national leaders in their fields.  The multiple training sites serve as quaternary referral centers for patients from across the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.  The Department and its affiliates offer an exceptional training program in all areas of surgery and extraordinary opportunities for clinical and basic science research.  Our educational mission is to create surgeons who are clinically and technically superb while emphasizing continued learning, ethical principles, service, interpersonal relationships, and compassionate patient care.

Welcome from the Program Director

horvath_karen_gsdOur ACGME accredited, five-year training program in general surgery provides the highest caliber surgical education at one of the finest universities – and greatest places to live – in the country. As the only designated academic medical center in the WWAMI area, the University of Washington and its affiliated hospitals are regional tertiary and quaternary referral centers. The curriculum is designed to produce surgeons that have the leadership, knowledge, technical skills and professional standards necessary for a successful career in academic surgery.

With rotations at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Northwest Hospital, our residents work in a variety of clinical settings. Our mission is to provide focused clinical training and research experience with a goal that each chief resident finishes our program as an independent, well-trained surgeon poised to assume a leadership role in an academic or community setting.

The clinical training program curriculum focuses on graded responsibility of the surgical patient. The comprehensive curriculum encompasses both didactic and focused technical instruction provided through regular conferences, open and laparoscopic technical labs, and seminars. The nationally and internationally renowned faculty is committed to surgical education. While many of our residents participate in research during their clinical years, 4 residents per year enter a focused 2 year lab experience after matching into our Research Track through the match. Most of our graduates complete fellowships and recent graduates have matched to fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery, endocrine surgery, surgical oncology, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, trauma/critical care, laparoscopic surgery and vascular surgery. Our chief residents finish with about 900 cases and enter the top fellowships in the country primed for some of the best clinical and academic job opportunities available. Since we see our program as a community, we value a wonderful espirit d’corps. No matter where you train, you will reap the rewards of training in proportion to your effort. At the University of Washington you will be busy, but throughout the training process you will be respected and supported by your superiors and your peers.

We are working to stay on the leading edge and continually improve our outstanding training program. We feel fortunate to be able to work in an environment that is intellectually stimulating, clinically exciting, and physically breathtaking. So, if you wish to join a team of dedicated, collegial, well-rounded individuals at one of the top academic centers in the U.S. and in one of the most exciting and challenging careers in medicine, please review our program and refer to our page on how to apply.


Karen D. Horvath, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Residency Program in General Surgery
Associate Chair for Education