Chair of Department of Surgery's Message

Karp, SethWelcome to the website of the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. We hope you will find this site useful to gain more information about our residency program, our physician faculty, our research efforts, our education programs and our specialized programs in clinical, basic science, and health outcomes research programs. The website is organized to feature our vision for the Department of Surgery for the provision of the highest quality and most compassionate clinical care to our patients, the best training program for our residents and students, and for the generation of the future leaders in general surgery in this country.

The website contains information featuring the various training opportunities of our residents, including training in the art and science of surgery, as well as the development of technical and cognitive skills, and education in clinical and basic principles of surgery, and in the overall care of the patient. It also features the varied opportunities in research, whether in basic sciences, translational research programs, and in various aspects of health related outcomes.

The Department of Surgery comprises 116 Primary Faculty in various surgical disciplines organized in 6 Divisions including: General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation, and Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation. We also have 23 Research-Track Faculty; 96 Residents and Fellows combined, and more than 400 staff members. Our residents cover services in four distinct but geographically close hospitals, including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Monroe-Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Thomas Hospital and
Williamson Medical Center.

The Department of Surgery has experienced significant growth in research funding over the past five years. Most of the funding has been derived from the NIH and exceeded 9 million USD in 2011 alone. In addition, we have also experienced significant increase in funding from industry, foundations, and from philanthropic donors. Taken together, this places our Department in the top ten programs in the nation in research funding.

Our residents are provided opportunities to engage in various aspects of the research programs within the Department of Surgery. Many of these programs are carried out in a collaborative atmosphere with researchers in other clinical and basic science departments within the institutions. The residents are provided opportunities to engage in research activities for 2-3 years. Many of the residents also engage in course work leading to additional degrees such as Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science and Clinical Investigation, and PhD.

I would be remiss not mentioning that we live in a very beautiful city that is considered one of the safest and most livable in the USA. The city has a diversified populace and a very stable diversified economic base, a wealth of cultural and musical activities, and major sporting events. The medical community at Vanderbilt, including that in our program, is very reflective of this diversity.

Seth J. Karp, M.D.
Professor & Chairman, Department of Surgery
H. William Scott Jr. Chair in Surgery