Excellence Today, Breakthroughs Tomorrow

In the Department of Surgery, our researchers and clinicians do more than offer the most advanced specialty care. They also develop and perfect groundbreaking new therapies and devices. We give dedicated rising surgeons  the rigorous training they need to develop exceptional surgical skills and offer expert, compassionate care to their patients. 

Training & Education

The Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine has a long tradition of training excellent clinical surgeons. The Department of Surgery earmarks over $1.5 million every year in support of the educational programs for residents, fellows and medical students.

Los Angeles General Medical Center

Residents rotate through L.A. General, including its Level 1 Trauma Center and state-of-the-art Burn Center, working with world-renowned surgeons while offering vital service to under-resourced communities across the city. With a rare level of autonomy, this is  an unparalleled training experience

Message from the Chair

Our residents work with world-class surgeons and one of the world’s most diverse patient populations. I look forward to guiding you on the most difficult and rewarding challenge of your life

Distinguished Professor Vaughn Starnes, MD



10-year survival, open-heart mitral valve surgery


critical care patients each year at Keck Hospital and LA General Medical Center


& only transfusion-free liver transplant program in western U.S.


Extramural grants supports: $21 million+

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You can help shape the future of surgery. From enhancing care to seeding surgical advances, training the next generation to backing faculty and facilities, your gift is a powerful act of partnership.