Welcome to the Division of General Surgery


Stanford's Division of General Surgery is made up of subspecialty sections in colorectal surgery, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, trauma/critical care and acute care surgery and surgical oncology (breast, gastrointestinal, hepatopancreaticobiliary and endocrine surgery), and general surgery at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.


Faculty in the division are involved in health service, education, technology, clinical trials, translational and basic research projects. These research areas are focused on a variety topics including healthcare delivery, health policy and disease-specific gaps in knowledge. The goal of the research being conducted in the division is to ultimately impact patient care and optimize health care delivery that results in improved patient outcome based on cost-effective strategies. 


We strive to provide an unparalleled opportunity for bright and highly motivated individuals to broadly acquire the skills, knowledge, clinical training and additional resources to become future leaders in surgery. Stanford has a long history of educating outstanding clinical surgeons beginning with our founding chair, Emile Holman, a Halsted-trained surgeon who served as Professor and Chair of the department from 1926 to 1955. His tradition continues to this day.

Division News

June 14, 2019

Resident Accepted Into HSR Training Program

Dr. Kirbi Yelorda, a resident in the Division of General Surgeon, has been accepted into the Stanford-AHRQ Health Services Research Program. Supported by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, trainees are not only supported financially but intellectually as well through a diverse coterie of mentors. General Surgery Residents Drs. Miquell Miller and Lindsay Sceats are also trainees in the program.

June 4, 2019

Two General Surgery Trainees awarded Excellence in Research Award from American College of Surgeons

Two General Surgery Trainees have won an Excellence in Research Award from the American College of Surgeons' 2019 Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum.

Dr. Deshka Foster was awarded the excellence in research award in Surgical Oncology for the second year in a row. Her abstract is entitled “Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts Persist but Show Decreased Fibroblast Activation Protein Expression after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Human Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.” Dr. Foster is also a PhD candidate in Dr. Michael Longaker's Lab.

Dr. Charles Liu's abstract "Out-of-Pocket Spending by Surgical Patients Following Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplaces" has been selected for an Excellence in Research Award for the category of Health Services Research.

June 4, 2019

Dr. Poultsides to succeed Dr. Norton as SurgOnc Chief

After almost 16 years, Dr. Jeff Norton will be stepping down as Chief of the Surgical Oncology Section. Dr. George Poultsides will be stepping into the position effective June 1, 2019.



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