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Surgery Residency Program Information

Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

The mission of the residency training program in surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch is to train the best surgeons in the country. Since our initial accreditation in 1954, our faculty have been committed to working with young physicians and helping them to achieve their full potential. During that time, we have produced over 150 graduates who have achieved success in both private and academic practices. Roughly half of our graduates pursue general surgical careers while the other half have successfully matched into fellowships such as surgical oncology, critical care, pediatric, colorectal, vascular, thoracic, and plastic surgery.

In addition, our department has a two NIH-sponsored T32 training grants to provide interested residents the opportunity to do research. Many of our graduates have taken advantage of our research opportunities, using them as a stepping stone to obtain leadership and chair positions at major academic centers as well as leadership positions in many major surgical societies in the country.

While our past performance is distinguished, we believe that our future is brighter. We have recently opened two new hospitals and have expanded our faculty and clinical services significantly. I believe that we have one of the finest surgical training programs in the country, and I invite all interested and motivated applicants to apply.


Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program Chief
Division of Pediatric Surgery Director
Adult and Pediatric ECMO Programs Director
Pediatric Urology Program
John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research
Associate Professor Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor

Program Coordinator:

Karley Setser

Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Our accredited program includes 6 yearly categorical positions and 1 or 2 preliminary positions.

We accept applications through ERAS and we interview selected candidates between October and January.

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Graduates of medical students in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

Valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training, or International Medical Graduates with either a J1 visa, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or permanent resident documentation (Green Card). Please see the UTMB Graduate Medical Education for complete information.

Residency candidates are invited to interview with our residency program based on these criteria:

  • Performance in medical school, as shown on their official transcript and Dean's letter
  • Performance in the basic and clinical science years, as evidenced by the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Performance on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 or COMLEX 1 and 2 examinations
  • Three letters of reference
  • The personal statement in their ERAS application

International Medical Graduates applying for a General Surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch are selected on the basis of the same criteria as above. In addition, they must have the following:

  • ECFMG certification at the time of application to the residency program
  • Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) or Green Card, or J1 visa at the time of application. For holders of H1 visas, these must be converted to J1 by the start of training.

The General Surgery Residency Selection Committee, consisting of the chair, residency program director, the associate directors, faculty members and residents meet jointly to review all candidates and to determine our rank order list. In addition to the criteria above, we consider personal and professional traits, based on interviews with the Program Director and several other faculty and residents in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.