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

May 14, 2024

Dr. Arbaugh Receives Inaugural Well-Being Award

Dr. Carlie Arbaugh is the recipient of the Office of Graduate Medical Education’s inaugural GME Well-Being Award. Arbaugh was chosen out of more than 50 nominations.  

May 13, 2024

INSIDE: Holman 2024          

The 25th Annual Emile F. Holman Lecture in Surgery took place on Friday, May 3, 2024 at Stanford’s Center for Academic Medicine and featured Dr. Benjamin Levi, chief of burn, trauma, and acute care surgery at UT Southwestern and an alumnus of the Longaker Lab.  

April 29, 2024

ACSCC24 Wangensteen Scientific Forum Dedicated to Dr. Hawn   

Dr. Mary Hawn has been selected as the Dedicatee of the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum at 2024 ACS Clinical Congress. The forum will take place Saturday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 22 in San Francisco. 

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