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

January 24, 2023

Beyond Cancer® Announces Sponsored Research Agreement with Stanford and Appointment of Frederick M. Dirbas, MD and Mark D. Pegram, MD to Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Dirbas will serve as Chair of the SAB, which provides guidance for ongoing preclinical studies as well as ongoing and planned future clinical trials in the use of UNO to treat solid tumors.

January 2023

Spotlight on Obesity, Weight Management, and Eating Disorders

This article spotlights recent HSR&D studies on obesity, weight management, and eating disorders including one by our own Dr. Dan Eisenberg.

January 17, 2023

Dua, Sheckter Receive Travel Scholarships

Drs. Monica Dua and Clifford Sheckter have received traveling faculty awards. Dr. Monica Dua received a travel scholarship from the Society for Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS). She will deliver the George P. Yang SAAS Lectureship at UT-Southerwestern.

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