This dynamic Surgery Residency Program is sponsored by the largest department at the UT College of
Medicine Chattanooga. The program currently has Continued Accreditation with no citations and commendations for compliance with ACGME and Surgery RRC requirements.
The Department of Surgery is led by R. Phillip Burns, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department. Dr. Burns has served as Chair of the program for 40 years -- since the early affiliation between Erlanger Medical Center and the University of Tennessee in 1976. Dr. Burns is an immediate past member of the national Surgery Residency Review Committee that accredits surgery training programs across the country, and has served as past President of two nationally renowned organizations: Southeastern Surgical Congress and the Southern Surgical Association.
The Surgery Residency Program Director is W. Heath Giles, MD. The Surgery Clerkship Director for medical student education is Michael Greer, MD.
Training is quite comprehensive, encompassing all areas general surgery and related subspecialties. Because of its Level I Trauma Center designation, the hospital's helicopter transport service, the kidney transplant program, and reputation as the tertiary care center for the Southeast Tennessee Region, Erlanger's average hospital census is high. Each year approximately 18,000 operative procedures are performed. Surgery residents are involved in door-to-door care of approximately 90% of all patients admitted to the General Surgery, Thoracic, and Vascular Services. Surgery residents also manage otolaryngology and urology patients.
Residents completing our program have a successful pass rate on the certification examination of the American Board of Surgery. Our graduates are truly "general surgeons" with a breadth of experience enabling them to successfully enter surgical practice or compete for nationally recognized fellowships. Our residents are prepared for any surgery career path.
There are 32 total positions are available in the Surgery Residency:
The Department of Surgery also sponsors several fellowship programs:
Our rotations are primarily "under one roof" and there is daily exposure and involvement with the Department Chair, Residency Program Director, and other faculty. The majority of clinical training takes place within the main Erlanger campus, but we also provide a three-month rotation in rural general surgery for each PGY-3 level resident. The resident works one-on-one with three faculty members practicing in rural settings within Tennessee. These faculty are graduates of our program and offer residents private practice experience in both their offices and with hospital patients at rural hospitals in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, located within an hour from Chattanooga.