General Surgery Residency

Welcome to the Columbia-Presbyterian General Surgery Residency Applicant Page

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about surgical training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Columbia has a long and hallowed tradition in General Surgery. John Jones was the first professor of surgery in the Americas, Allen O. Whipple performed the first pancreaticoduodenectomy in 1935, and more recently surgeons at Columbia performed the first Robot-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Throughout its history, Columbia has been at the forefront of surgical practice and today remains committed to providing the highest level of training to our residents.

The Columbia General Surgery Residency is one of the best training programs in the nation and fully prepares our residents for whatever path they pursue following graduation. There are several aspects that make it a unique and attractive program. These include a collegial learning environment with a great camaraderie between residents and faculty; an operative case load well-above the national average; the significant independence and autonomy afforded our senior residents in and out of OR; the opportunity to go on international electives; the optional and flexible scheduling of both clinical electives and dedicated research time; the wide variety of clinical and basic science research opportunities; and a location in one of the country's most exciting and safest big cities.

New York is the most culturally diverse and densely populated city in the nation and is truly a city that never sleeps. Nowhere else can you leave the hospital in the evening, meet friends or family for dinner and still experience the vibrant and varied nature of the city and its residents- on ANY day of the week. Maximizing your free time, pursuing interests outside of medicine, and engaging in social and recreational activities will keep you sane and motivated throughout residency. We can safely say that, in this respect, no city offers what NYC can. Add a top notch academic medical center with worldwide leaders in an array of medical and surgical fields, and you can see why we regard Columbia as an unparalleled program.

Please take the time to explore our site and learn more about the Columbia General Surgery Program and its residents. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about the program, living in NYC, or surgery in general.


Jane R. Cowan and Tania Torres-Sanchez
Administrative Chief Residents

Dr. Steven Lee-Kong and Dr. Beth R. Hochman
Program Director and Associate Program Director