General Surgery Residency Program


The USC Department of Surgery has a long tradition of excellence in training clinical surgeons. A hallmark of the program is the incredible diversity of the training experience. By spending significant time at each of the major training sites, residents obtain a spectrum of experience that is unmatched. The culmination of the training occurs during the chief resident year, which is predominately spent at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, where he or she will be responsible for running the various surgical services, with attending supervision.

The surgical pathology, severity of disease and degree of autonomy afforded to the residents in this program make it truly one-of-a-kind. At the completion of five years of clinical training, the graduating resident will have the confidence to handle any clinical situation and will have gained extensive experience as a clinical leader.

Resident education is made possible by an unwavering commitment from Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery. The Department of Surgery earmarks more than $1.5 million every year in support of the educational programs for residents. Dr. Maura Sullivan, PhD Educator and Vice Chair of Education, has organized a robust organizational structure that integrates clinical experience with the latest skills lab, simulation and didactic instruction. As a result, graduates of the program have gone onto some of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs across the country.

Overall, there are few programs in the country that provide the breadth of training that is offered within the USC General Surgery Residency Program. Our residents train at one of the country’s largest public hospitals, a university tertiary care hospital, an NCI-designated cancer center, two private community hospitals, and a nationally renowned children’s hospital. We stress excellence in producing well-rounded surgeons with significant clinical experience and the confidence that only comes with the graduated resident autonomy for which the program is known.

Contact Information

Celeste Mendoza
Program Coordinator
1520 San Pablo St., Ste. 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 442-9064
Email: celestem@med.usc.edu
Kenji Inaba, MD
Program Director

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD
Chair and Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Surgeon-in-chief, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital
Director, USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and Heart Institute at CHLA

Dr. Kenji Inaba, MD
Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Stephen Sener, MD
Professor of Surgery
Surgeon-in-chief, LAC+USC Medical Center
Chief of LAC+USC Surgical Oncology
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Glenn Ault, MD, M.Ed.
Professor of Surgery
Chief of LAC+USC Colorectal Surgery
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Administration
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Maura Sullivan, PhD
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery
Associate Dean of Simulation Education
Executive Director, Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center