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

March 29, 2024

Kirane et al Receive MRA Team Science Award           

A team including Dr. Amanda Kirane has been awarded the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) Team Science Award for their translational therapy-predictive organoid model.

March 27, 2024

StoryCorps at SHC: Carlie Arbaugh          

Carlie Arbaugh (32) talks about her experience as a general surgery resident living with a rare diagnosis that has caused hearing impairment. Carlie shares how her personal experience undergoing has influenced the way she communicates with and cares for her patients.

March 25, 2024

SoM/GSE Fellowship Pilot Program Wraps up First Year            

Dr. Jim Korndorffer created a fellowship program linking Stanford's School of Medicine with its Graduate School of Education in an effort to improve medical education (and, by extension, patient care.) The fellows are currently wrapping up the first-year pilot.

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