General Surgery Residency at Valleywise Health

Doctor and residents preparing for surgery

Our Philosophy

Our General Surgery Program is currently approved for 31 residents, six at the second, four at the third, fourth and fifth-year levels, and fifteen interns (four categorical, nine preliminary and two podiatry interns). Surgery residents rotate on the various surgical specialties including acute care surgery, advanced laparoscopy, breast, burn, colorectal, general surgery, hand surgery, head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical intensive care, thoracic, transplant, trauma, urology and vascular surgery.

Each service is supervised by an attending surgeon who provides continuing guidance for that service. The attending makes frequent patient rounds with his/her team. On operating days, the assigned service schedules its largest operating load and ordinarily its more complex operations. On clinic days, each service has a clinic where newly referred patients are evaluated, and established patients are seen for follow-up.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Creighton University School of Medicine/Valleywise Health Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program is to cultivate exemplary surgeons possessing the values of integrity, compassion and excellence, and who are well prepared to serve our local, regional and global communities.


  • To train clinically excellent surgeons equipped to flourish in our ever-more challenging practice environment, to be good stewards of resources and prepared for independent practice or a specialty fellowship of their choosing.
  • To develop and cultivate individual scholarly interests, leadership development and professionalism by action and example; to provide resources and opportunities for trainees to forge their own path in surgery.
  • To produce surgeons uniquely skilled in addressing health-care disparities and overcoming barriers to care; who choose to either stay in or return to Arizona, in service to the community they trained in.
  • To foster a collegial environment that is conducive to education, camaraderie and compassion - for patients, colleagues and self.