Surgery Interest Group (SIG)

As medical students, we're busy taking care of our heads, and POM should be taking care of our hearts, but where do we turn to educate our hands? How can you get acquainted with the fascinating art of surgery and the amazing physicians at Stanford who practice it?

The Surgery Interest Group at Stanford is committed to promoting surgery as a career, enhancing surgical education of medical students at Stanford, and giving you every opportunity to thrive, learn and become a leader in surgery.

*From left to right: Nathan Makarewicz is a 3rd year medical student originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Nathan completed degrees in visual arts, ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University and public health at the University of Utah.  He was a varsity athlete at both Princeton and the University of Utah.  Prior to starting medical school, Nathan worked as a basic researcher with Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. Nathan is now a REACH Fellow and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research in addition to his MD at Stanford.  His medical interests include surgery, surgical devices, and anesthesiology. His hobbies include visual arts and all things outdoors. Sarah is a second-year MD-PhD student interested in stem cell biology and neural fibrosis and wound repair, such as in stroke and degeneration. She is interested in surgery and pediatrics. Along with co-leading SIG, she helps lead Stanford Women’s Association of Physicians Scientists and Women and Medicine, as well as an Editor-in-Chief of Stanford Medicine's humanities journal Anastomosis. She loves long-distance running, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, biking, cooking, writing, and more recently, ceramics. Kathy is interested in pediatric surgery and creating healthcare innovations for marginalized, global communities. She enjoys traveling, calligraphy, and playing volleyball. Jason is drawn to surgery by its ability to change lives through technical performance. In his free time, he loves to exercise in various ways, enjoys the opportunity to work on his car, and unwinds by binging a good book.

Check out the surgery courses offered this year:


Surg 204: Introduction to Surgery

Surg 205: Technical Training and Preparation for the Surgical Environment

Surg 280: Early Clinical Experience in Surgery


Surg 234: Surgery Through Service: Surgeons with an Impact

Surg 236: Seminar in Global Surgery and Anesthesia

Surg 254: Operative Anatomy and Techniques


Surg 242: Art and Anatomy Studio

Surg 255: Clinical Anatomy and Surgical Education Series: Head and Neck

Surg 280: Anatomy of Medical Mysteries

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Articles of Interest