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Welcome to the Department of SurgeryChairman's Message

Douglas S. Tyler, MD

The Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch has a rich history as the first Department of Surgery in Texas. The Institution and Department have been a fertile ground for developing academic surgical leaders since the turn of the century. Educating and training surgeons of the future continues to be the core focus of the Department. In doing so, there is a focus on striving for scientific excellence and novel investigation to advance the science of surgery. In 2015, The Department of Surgery ranked 1st in Texas and 26th nationally in NIH funding among Surgery Departments highlighting the quality of work being performed by members of the Department. The Department also has two T32 training grants designed to provide surgical trainees with a protected opportunity to be exposed to a research experience during their training. Our research efforts also focus on surgical education where the recently completed and American College of Surgeons Accredited Sealy & Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment & Research (LSTAR) has allowed us to expand our academic focus on optimizing learning experiences for surgical trainees and faculty.

The Department of Surgery is also rapidly expanding in one of the largest and most exciting growth phases in its 125-year history. We have added 20 new faculty to expand programs in cardiothoracic surgery, transplantation, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, vascular surgery, and urology. We are continuing to recruit to augment our programs in acute care, trauma, burn surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery. We opened two new hospital facilities for the core of our surgical practice: a state of the art tertiary care 437 bed facility based on the island of Galveston and a 39 bed community hospital facility located half way between Houston and Galveston in League City. With the combination of new faculty and facilities, we plan to perform over 10,000 cases this year. A new partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center is in progress to build a cancer center on our League City hospital campus. This year, the US News and World report recognized UTMB as a top regional hospital in the gulf coast region. We not only rated as a high performer in colorectal surgery but also ranked number 4 in the metro Houston area despite our location 50 miles to the south. With a new footprint, we are committed to providing state of the art clinical care and novel research experiences that will provide fertile ground for our six residency programs focused on training our surgeons of the future.

I am enthusiastic about our faculty, and excited about the institutional commitment to surgery. In addition, I am personally highly committed to helping trainees realize their goals and achieve the opportunities they choose in the field of surgery. We welcome your interest in the surgical training programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Douglas S. Tyler, MD
John Woods Harris Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch


Department of Surgery
Office of the Chairman

301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0527
Phone: (409) 772-1285
FAX: (409) 772-5611

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Phone: (409) 772-1203
FAX: (409) 772-1421

Colon and Rectal Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Phone: (409) 772-0529
FAX: (409) 772-0088

General Surgery
Phone: (409) 772-1285
FAX: (409) 772-5611

Neurosurgery
Phone: (409) 772-1500
FAX: (409) 772-6352

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Phone: (409) 772-1546
FAX: (409) 747-7378

Pediatric Surgery
Phone: (409) 772-5666
FAX: (409) 772-4253

Plastic Surgery
Phone: (409) 772-1255
FAX: (409) 772-1872

Urology
Phone: (409) 772-2091
FAX: (409) 772-5144

Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Phone: (409) 772-6366
FAX: (409) 747-0966

 

 

 

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