No clinical division/department at Stanford has changed more in the last fifteen years than the Division of General Surgery. To accomplish our core mission of providing the highest quality patient care, cutting edge research, and an outstanding education to medical students and General Surgery residents, a program of recruitment of surgical leaders was begun in July 2000. At that time, Ralph S. Greco, M.D. came to Stanford from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, and Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Greco stepped down as Division Chief in 2006 and Jeffrey A. Norton, M.D., Robert L. & Mary Ellenburg Professor of Surgery, assumed those duties.
The culmination of this recruitment of faculty gives the Division of General Surgery a group of outstanding leaders in senior positions. Within this structure, it is now possible for General Surgery to fulfill its mission of quality patient care, research, and education with a faculty that rivals any west of the Mississippi. These developments also provide the infrastructure to support our goal in surgical training, which is to develop the next generation of leaders in surgery in the United States. The vehicle for this is the General Surgery Training Program, which continues to flourish and competes favorably with the best programs in the country for the finest graduates of medical schools in the United States.
It is our hope that our entire faculty, new and continuing members of the Division as well as all of our surgical residents will build on this legacy as we move into the 21st century as dedicated as ever to quality patient care, teaching and research.