General Surgery In the Department of Surgery

Rotation Locations

Stanford University Hospital

The 621-bed Stanford University Hospital is well known for advanced patient care, particularly for the treatment of rare and complex disorders in surgical fields such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosurgery, and organ transplantation. In recognition of its excellent care, the hospital and its physicians consistently rank among the top in the nation in surveys by consumers and health care professionals.

The hospital traces its roots to 1858 when it was the medical department of the University of the Pacific in San Francisco . The department became the Cooper Medical College in 1882 and was adopted as Stanford University 's School of Medicine in 1908. It remained in San Francisco until 1959 when the medical school and the hospital moved to the Stanford campus.

In 1989, the hospital went through a major expansion and renovation. During that project, an atrium on the ground floor was created with large windows and skylights and one of several gardens donated by Helen and Peter Bing.

All surgical subspecialties are represented at Stanford. The hospital also provides level 1 trauma care and has a heliport allowing transfer of severely ill or injured patients.

In 2004 the new Stanford Advanced Medicine Center opened adjacent to the hospital. This 180,000 square foot facility houses the Stanford Clinical Cancer Center and in 2005 is expected to open 16 new ambulatory operating rooms.

 

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

The 256-bed Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has 1,300 employees, 575 staff physicians, and more than 2,500 volunteers. The facility handles 5,600 inpatients and 61,000 outpatient visits every year. The hospital traces its roots to the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children, which was officially established in 1919. By 1970, the Convalescent Home had moved to larger quarters and changed its name to Children's Hospital at Stanford, although it remained a separate entity from the Stanford Hospital and Clinics. In 1986, David and Lucile Packard donated $40 million for the construction of a new children's hospital, and in 1988, groundbreaking began. The facility was ultimately named in memory of Mrs. Lucile Packard, who died in 1987. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford opened its doors in June of 1991.The hospital officially merged with Stanford Health services in January 1997.

 

Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

The 158-bed Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is comprised of the Palo Alto , Menlo Park , Livermore , San Jose , Monterey , Modesto and Stockton divisions. The Palo Alto division is located on the Stanford campus approximately four miles from Stanford University Medical Center . The newly constructed medical-surgical bed tower was opened in the fall of 1997 and houses state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities. This facility serves as the referral center for VAPAHCS as well as for many patients from the western United States .

The Surgical Service at VAPAHCS consists of the following sections: general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery (one of the four `Centers of Excellence' in the VA system), vascular surgery, plastic and hand surgery, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and podiatry. All the sections are staffed by Stanford faculty and integrated with the university programs, departments and divisions. Over 2,000 operations are performed annually and most sections are actively involved in basic science and clinical research activities. Over the course of five years of clinical training, residents spend 17% of their time at the Palo Alto VA.

 

Kaiser Foundation Hospital

Kaiser Foundation Hospital is located in Santa Clara , a 20 minute drive from Palo Alto . At this 380-bed hospital with 50 surgical beds, over 9,500 operative procedures are performed annually. The emergency room averages 150 visits per day. The Kaiser Foundation Hospital of Santa Clara provides residents with an opportunity to work within the structure of a pre-paid medical plan. The majority of participating surgeons at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital are members of the voluntary clinical faculty at Stanford. Kaiser offers a large volume of operative cases which provide residents with an extremely technically enriching experience. Residents rotate at Kaiser during their second, third, fourth, and fifth years of training where they will ultimately perform 25-30% of their total operative cases. Over the course of five years of clinical training, residents spend 17% of their time at Kaiser.

 

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose is a 641 bed county hospital. Established in 1856, rebuilt in 1960 and then in 1999, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is located in San Jose , a 30 minute drive from Palo Alto . As the public safety net hospital, it serves the diverse population of Santa Clara County (a 150 square mile area with an estimated population of two million people) regardless of ability to pay. It is the emergency room facility for the lower San Francisco Bay region, a level 1 trauma center and the regional burn center. In 1995, there were 58,191 emergency room visits, 1,332 trauma visits and 7,200 operative procedures performed. SCVMC provides research and clinical training opportunities and has activity in all areas of surgery including neurosurgery, orthopedic, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, cardiac surgery, urology, and trauma. SCVMC bears a significant responsibility for indigent care, and therefore, this hospital provides a full range of experience in acute surgical illness and trauma surgery. SCVMC also provides extensive services and residency experience in burn care and thoracic and pediatric surgery. Over the course of five years of clinical training, residents spend 16% of their time at SCVMC.

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