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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

Oct. 26, 2022

Dr. Sun Receives Award at ISSPP22

Dr. Beatrice Sun received the award for top plenary by a trainee at the International Society for the Study of the Pleura and Peritoneum (ISSPP) annual meeting. Her abstract was titled: “Safety of Cytoreductive Surgery with Heated Intraperitoneal Gemcitabine and Systemic Dacarbazine for Recurrent Uterine Leiomyosarcoma – Preliminary Results of a Phase 2 Trial."

Oct. 19, 2022

Dr. Wren Elected ACS Secretary

Dr. Sherry Wren has been elected Secretary of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents. The ACS Board consists of 24 members. According to their website, the Regents formulate policy and direct the affairs of the college.

August 31, 2022

DSI 2.0 Selects Dr. Alobuia

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