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General Surgery Residency

Richard Lu, MD

The mission of the General Surgery Residency Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is to expose trainees to a wide breadth and depth of surgical experiences such that they can fulfill any endeavor they choose to pursue in the field of surgery.

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 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.


Richard Lu, MD, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
James E. Thompson, MD Family Distinguished Professor in Surgical Simulation

Assistant Professor

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