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

September 19, 2023

Spotlight: General Surgery Resident Dr. Kathryn Taylor

General Surgery Resident Dr. Kathryn Taylor was the first Stanford Surgery resident to participate in a formal international clinical rotation since the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with her about her experience and the motivations for participating in such an experience.

September 1, 2023

Forrester Joins Editorial Board of Surgical Infections

Dr. Joseph Forrester, an assistant professor in the Division of General Surgery's Acute Care Section, has been invited to join the editorial board of journal Surgical Infections.  

August 28, 2023

INSIDE: BIL Fellows Retreat 2023

Stanford Surgery fellows were invited to a day-long retreat as part of the Balance in Life Program. This year the fellows spent the day in Redwood City along the shore.

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