Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


The Department of Surgery provides first-rate training for residents pursuing careers in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The training program is a five-year program with an optional (strongly encouraged) sixth year conducting research. Our trainees are encouraged to publish and present their work both locally and nationally.

Program Highlights

  • Jefferson is the second oldest medical College/hospital in the country.
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College is America’s largest private medical College.
  • Clinical Training at Jefferson provides a well-rounded general surgery education with clinical rotations in each of the general surgery subspecialties and significant operating experience in a variety of training environments
  • Boards: For the past 10 years, 98 percent of graduating Jefferson surgical residents have passed both the written and oral boards. Nearly all residents seek further specialty training after completion of their residency.
  • Year of Research: Residents spend one to two years in the laboratory (typically basic science) usually between the PGY3 and 4 years and generally work within one of the laboratories within the Department. View Resident Research Day Presentations
  • Thursday Conferences are “protected time” – NO PAGERS.  Thursday mornings are dedicated to resident education from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Sessions include weekly M & M conferences, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures by attending surgeons and residents, journal clubs, case presentations and other interactive learning sessions. Residents are excused from patient care responsibilities during these lectures and activities. Pagers are collected and answered by the Education Division secretary of the Department of Surgery or by one of the physician extenders on the clinical service.
  • Laparoscopic and Simulation Training Laboratory: The Surgical Skills Lab provides residents with the resources to enhance their basic suturing and knot tying skills, both in open and laparoscopic surgery, as well as practice their endoscopic skills and perform competently advanced laparoscopic skills.

Resident Research Day - 7 am, June 6, 2019

Zack Callahan, MD Five-Year Results of Endoscopic Gastrojejunostomy Revision (Transoral Outlet Reduction) for Weight Gain After Gastric Bypass
Ellen Caparosa, MD Targeting GCC on GI Cancer Stem Cells
Courtney Devin, MD Standardized Care Reduces Resource Utilization for the Treatment of Uncomplicated and Complicated Appendicitis in Children
Teena Dihr, MD The Efficacy of CDK 4/6 Inhibitor, Abemaciclib, in Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Steve Gadomski, MD Modulating Fibrosis to Enhance Surgical Outcomes: The Impact of TGF-β1 on Ventral Hernia Repair
Jennifer Kincaid, MD Implementation and Early Impact of a Breast Clinic in the Department of Surgery of a Malawian Tertiary Hospital
Geoff Kozak, MD "Can We Predict Incisional Hernia? – Development of a Surgery-Specific Decision-Support Interface
Richard Zheng, MD The Surgeon and the Pathologist: the Role of Pathology on Surgical Decision-making
Molecular Profiling of Key Driver Genes Improves Staging Accuracy in Multifocal Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

In the Spotlight

Our take on the New Yorker Magazine Cover Challenge highlights the increasing number of females entering the field of surgery. 

New Yorker Magazine Cover Challenge

In 1961, Dr. Angela A. Ramirez-Irizarry was accepted as the hospital’s first female resident in General Surgery. 

Now 80 years old, Dr. Ramirez still practices. She believes that as long as a surgeon has her mind and health, there’s no reason to quit. 

Read Reflections from Jefferson’s First Female Surgical Resident>

Dr. Angela A. Ramirez-Irizarry

2016 graduate Melanie Sion, MD, was featured in US News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Colleges" before beginning her residency training at Jefferson. Read the Article>

She has already traveled the world to put her medical education to work. While at Jefferson, Dr. Sion spent a year in Malawi. View Dr. Sion's Presentation>

Correcting Through Medicine
Charles J. Yeo, MD

Charles J. Yeo, MD
Enterprise Chair of Surgery
Samuel D. Gross Professor

Karen Chojnacki, MD

Karen Chojnacki, MD
Program Director


Joshua Marks, MD
Associate Program Director


Adam Bodzin, MD
Assistant Program Director


Donna Guinto, CTAGME
Program Coordinator

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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