Chairman: John Ricotta, MD, FACS
Program Director: Lisa M. Boyle, MD, FACS
The general surgery residency program at Washington Hospital Center is an ACGME accredited, five-year competency based program that provides excellent training in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. The goal of the program is to graduate exceptionally qualified surgeons--individuals who are highly-skilled technically with sound clinical judgment, able to deliver complete care to the surgical patient. The program is carefully designed to prepare its graduates for successful transition to the next stage of advanced surgical training or practice.
Washington Hospital Center is an independent academic medical center, and as the largest private hospital in the nation's capital, offers a comprehensive surgical training environment. As a regional tertiary care facility with multiple centers of excellence, the Hospital Center provides state-of-the-art care to patients with complex diseases, as well as care to patients in the local surrounding community.
The Hospital Center is home to MedSTAR, the area's largest Level I trauma center, providing residents unique training opportunities in the comprehensive management of trauma, burn and critically ill patients. The surgical intensive care unit is one of the largest programs in the country, with 59 beds divided into five units.
The Department of Surgery includes 36 full-time faculty members and more than 30 private-affiliated surgeons, providing residents with a broadly-skilled and experienced set of teachers. We have added new faculty in the following clinical areas: colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, burn surgery, endocrine surgery, thoracic surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. These faculty bring tremendous expertise and innovation to the institution. Residents develop expertise in all areas of surgery through rotations in general, vascular, colorectal, plastic, trauma, burn and transplant surgery as well as surgical oncology. In each of these rotations, the types of procedures range from outpatient surgery to complex cases referred to our institution for tertiary-care management.
To complement the experience at Washington Hospital Center, residents spend time at affiliate institutions. Outside rotations include the Hepatobiliary/Transplant Service at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center.