The Division of General Surgery supports training programs for general surgery residents and minimally invasive surgery fellows. Both training programs prepare surgeon trainees for careers in surgery using the latest laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Training occurs within the University of Maryland Medical Center and other UMMS affiliate hospitals. All general surgery physicians are faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine to ensure that trainees receive a well-rounded experience in both clinical and research settings.

Department of Surgery Newsletter

Learn more about the latest news from our team in our departmental newsletter: The Maryland Dissector.

Residency and Fellowship Training Programs

As an academic medical center, all University of Maryland Division of General and Oncologic Surgery physicians are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition to treating patients and conducting research, we also train future surgeons.

Our residency and fellowship programs are listed below. Click on any of them for more information.

Swirnow Videoscopic Surgical Center

The Swirnow Videoscopic Surgical Center is both a research and development center for the advancement of minimally invasive techniques and an educational and referral source for physicians worldwide.

At the Swirnow Center, we train both medical students and practicing surgeons in our state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, which includes a 3-D minimally invasive surgery training environment that provides feedback and real-time performance evaluation. The Center also houses a library of educational video files and specialized texts and a classroom with telemedicine links to the hospital's operating room, endoscopy suite and operating rooms at other hospitals.

Laparoscopic surgery only requires several small holes through which surgeons place their instruments, instead of a large incision. They insert the laparoscope through a small incision, usually at the navel. The laparoscope contains a miniature video camera, which is why the technique is also known as "videoscopic surgery." Because there is no large incision, patients can go home from the hospital sooner and they recover and return to their normal activities much faster.

University of Maryland Division of General and Oncologic Surgery physicians are recognized as leaders in minimally invasive surgery, and have performed many of the state's first laparoscopic procedures. These include videoscopic cholecystectomy, pelvic lymph node dissection, vagotomy, hernia repair, colon resection, splenectomy and nephrectomy.

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If you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services, please call 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).