Graduates

Approximately 90% of our graduates enter fellowship programs. Sixty percent eventually become academic faculty. Many write to us after joining their fellowships. Here’s what some of our residents – past and present – have to say about our residency training program!

“Now that I’ve been away from UW for a few months, and had a chance to see what my training has done for me, and the sort of surgeon it has made me, I’m writing to say, with more vigor and enthusiasm than these words can ever capture: thank you…. It’s certainly been true that I feel at home in the operating room and no one here is asking me to do things that I can’t do, and in most cases haven’t done many times before. What’s totally blown me away, in retrospect, is not the way that I was trained to operate, but the way that I was taught to think… time and time again I’ve found that I am the one — among a cast of residents, fellows, and attendings — who knows the literature on how to manage problems, optimize patient care, and minimize errors. All the exercises that sometimes seemed tedious as a resident have given me an outstanding foundation as a fellow… all were essential to making me the doctor I am, and, I’m finding, are hardly universal in training programs everywhere.”

J.E. Kohler, MD – ’13

“The biggest struggle I’m having here is finding my way in a place where, to a surprising degree, dogma beats data. But already I’ve been able to use the strength of thought, analysis, questioning, and hardheaded determination that the UW bred into me to get some things changing. … It’s going to be a long process, but there is a lot of low-hanging fruit that my UW training makes easy to pick.  Such things are hard to measure, of course, but the more I use what I learned in Seattle, the more I’m convinced of something I never really doubted: that we are the finest general surgery residency in existence. I couldn’t be prouder to know that I’ll always be able to say I’m UW trained.”

J.E. Kohler, MD – ’13

"I am a current Chief Resident, and in fact, am PGY-10! I graduated from a medical school in Japan, and finished my FIRST surgical residency there. .. Having heard of the excellence in surgical education in the US, I had decided to seek further training in this country. .. In my SECOND residency at the UW, learning opportunities were everywhere. There were always enthusiastic attendings who were eager to teach at the bedside and in the OR. I just confirmed the nationwide reputation of the UW program when I was going through the interviews this spring for my Thoracic Surgery Fellowship. I am proud of our program as well as of myself being one of the residents in this excellent program.”

Hiroo Takayama, MD – ’07

“Fellowship is treating me well. People at MSKCC are all really fantastic – attendings, the other fellows, really great people. While it has only been a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work and operate with several different attendings and I can honestly say that from a clinical and technical perspective, UW did a fantastic job of preparing me. I’ve seen Farhood obviously and I get the same sense from him. I hope the rest of the current residents and future applicants realize how well they are trained. Not blowing smoke either, the program really is top notch.”

Patrick Wolf, MD – ’10

“I knew going into the match that the University of Washington was a truly excellent surgery program and that I would get top notch surgical training there. What I didn’t know at the time was how supportive and encouraging the entire program would be from a personal standpoint. I know that the culture of any organization starts at the top, and I appreciate you and Dr. Pellegrini for creating such a challenging and supportive environment to train in. I could not be happier with my choice. Thank you for all of your help.”

Daniel Mulloy, MD – PGY-4

“The residents and faculty at the UW treat each other in a respectful and friendly manner. They embrace the notion of work hard, play hard. The city offers great food, music, art, and culture. Surrounded by water and mountains, plenty of outdoor opportunities await you. Working at five hospitals, each with their distinctive patient population, provides you with both volume and diversity with respect to clinical cases. Didactics are mandatory, well directed, and relevant. The research opportunities are limitless and most importantly the faculty are open-minded in this regard. Can I think of a better program? No!”

Farhood Farjah, MD – ’10

“I’ve partnered up with the only fellowship trained laparoscopic surgeon in the area doing both general and bariatric surgery out of four private hospitals. Starting this practice, I now have realized the true value of our residency. I honestly feel so over-prepared to take on any clinical problems with any patients it’s really satisfying. This is both in and out of the OR. My fellowship was personally necessary given that most of what I do daily is done laparoscopically, but our ICU experience and the overall open surgical training in and out of the OR is now serving as my backbone… With the training from our program, I can proudly tell you that residency was easily worth it and more.”

Yong Kwon, MD – ’11

“Thoracic fellowship has been amazing and I could not be happier at WashU. Through all of the ups and downs of residency, the skills I obtained have paid amazing dividends. Through observation alone, not everyone starts fellowship at the same level, and one of the most critical aspects of my general surgery training that kept me above the pack was the independent thinking, decision making and troubleshooting that I learned at the University of Washington. We all develop great technical skills in the end, but this mentality instilled a certain confidence that often goes underappreciated. You can’t realize this often until you leave your comfort zone (residency) and go somewhere else, and you then realize that you can deal with or troubleshoot pretty much everything. You become the go-to guy in the minds of the attendings because they can trust you to do the right thing. I know residents focus so much on case numbers, and they are important, but there is so much more to it than that. I want to work with people who make the right decision, know how to troubleshoot, think on their feet, and are good surgeons. This is what the University of Washington does extremely well.”

John Keech, M.D. ’12

“Set aside the outstanding clinical experiences at university, veterans, children, county, and private hospitals. Set aside the research opportunities at one of the highest NIH funded schools in the country. Set aside world renowned faculty and some of the best residents in the country. What are you left with? One of the most beautiful cities in the world with salt water 3 minutes away, incredible skiing one hour away, a downtown full of culture, a university with endless events, and a view of Mt. Rainier turning pink at sunset. Come to UW!”

Steve Sullivan, MD – ’07

“My training at UW has prepared me extremely well for this job… the amazing ICU experience I had as a resident, the responsibility of making critical decisions in sick patients at Harborview and UW, as well as the amount of independence we had as senior residents and the problem-solving skills we learned, all helped in preparing me for this fellowship spot.”

Albert Chong, MD – ’05

Annie Ehlers, MD, MPH — Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship at University of Washington

Katy Flynn-O’Brien, MD, MPH — Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Lacey LaGrone, MD, MPH — Trauma, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center

Brodie Parent, MD, MS — Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

Morgan Richards, MD, MPH  Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Emory University

Ravi Sood, MD, MS  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Harvard University

Barclay Stewart, MD, MscPH  Trauma, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center

Estell Williams, MD  Academic Practice at University of Washington