Contact Us

Program Coordinator, Surgery Residency Program
Tanya Spencer
Phone: 305-585-1280
Email: tspencer@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions (categorical and preliminary, one-year internship) are filled through the National Resident Matching Program.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in September and while there is no deadline for applications, well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are conducted from November to January.

Call Schedule

There is a combination of in-house and at-home call for residents.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33155

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Surgery Residency

Mission & Vision

The mission of our Surgery Residency Program is to provide outstanding education in the craft of general surgery, to prepare our graduates for a wide range of careers from academic surgery to community practice, to inspire and nurture academic inquiry, to cultivate respect for all person, and maintain the highest level of professionalism.

Mission & Vision

The mission of our Surgery Residency Program is to provide outstanding education in the craft of general surgery, to prepare our graduates for a wide range of careers from academic surgery to community practice, to inspire and nurture academic inquiry, to cultivate respect for all person, and maintain the highest level of professionalism.

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UHealth and Jackson logos, General Surgery Residency

General Surgery Residency

Dr. Omaida Velazquez (department chair) and Dr. Danny Sleeman (program director) provide an overview of the UM/JMH General Surgery Residency Program.

Program Director’s Welcome

Hello and thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Surgery Residency Program! For decades, this program has maintained accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and has helped to train hundreds of surgeons, many of whom have become leaders in their departments and institutions.

Our program includes training at Jackson Memorial Hospital (one of the largest safety-net hospitals in the U.S.), the University of Miami Health System (an internationally recognized institution for cutting-edge research and clinical care) and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (a federally funded hospital for treating veterans). At these sites, our residents experience a wide range of medical and surgical pathologies and become skilled in caring for patients of diverse sociodemographic backgrounds.

With the department of surgery performing more than 17,500 surgeries per year, surgical residents will have the opportunity to work alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty as they train to become future surgeons. With access to the latest technology, our residents will become experts in endoscopic, endovascular, laparoscopic, robotic and traditional open surgical techniques.

Additionally, more than half of our residents pursue a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship that is fully funded by our department. Research laboratories include burns, cardiothoracic, oncologic, trauma, vascular, and other surgical fields, and we have both clinical and basic-science opportunities.

Our residents often purse additional training after residency and typically match for fellowships at leading institutions. We take pride, however, in adequately training our graduates to pursue careers in private practice general surgery, if they so desire, and many of our graduates have successfully pursued this path. We are eager to meet all of our applicants and look forward to getting to know you as we move through the interview process.

-Director Danny Sleeman, MD
-Associate Program Director Patricia M. Byers, MD
-Associate Program Director George D. Garcia, MD
-Associate Program Director Gerd D. Pust, MD
-Associate Program Director Chad M. Thorson, MD
-Associate Program Director Daniel Dante Yeh, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

Hello and thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Surgery Residency Program! For decades, this program has maintained accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and has helped to train hundreds of surgeons, many of whom have become leaders in their departments and institutions.

Our program includes training at Jackson Memorial Hospital (one of the largest safety-net hospitals in the U.S.), the University of Miami Health System (an internationally recognized institution for cutting-edge research and clinical care) and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (a federally funded hospital for treating veterans). At these sites, our residents experience a wide range of medical and surgical pathologies and become skilled in caring for patients of diverse sociodemographic backgrounds.

With the department of surgery performing more than 17,500 surgeries per year, surgical residents will have the opportunity to work alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty as they train to become future surgeons. With access to the latest technology, our residents will become experts in endoscopic, endovascular, laparoscopic, robotic and traditional open surgical techniques.

Additionally, more than half of our residents pursue a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship that is fully funded by our department. Research laboratories include burns, cardiothoracic, oncologic, trauma, vascular, and other surgical fields, and we have both clinical and basic-science opportunities.

Our residents often purse additional training after residency and typically match for fellowships at leading institutions. We take pride, however, in adequately training our graduates to pursue careers in private practice general surgery, if they so desire, and many of our graduates have successfully pursued this path. We are eager to meet all of our applicants and look forward to getting to know you as we move through the interview process.

-Director Danny Sleeman, MD
-Associate Program Director Patricia M. Byers, MD
-Associate Program Director George D. Garcia, MD
-Associate Program Director Gerd D. Pust, MD
-Associate Program Director Chad M. Thorson, MD
-Associate Program Director Daniel Dante Yeh, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

7
(Categorical, Varies for Preliminary)

Duration of Residency?

5 years
(7 years with Research Track)

Program Highlights

1 of the largest and busiest trauma centers in the nation and 1 of the 10 largest hospitals in the world

#1 in transplantation in the nation

11th nationally ranked department of surgery (Blue Ridge Research Institute for Medical Research)

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UHealth and Jackson logos, General Surgery Resident Testimonials

General Surgery Resident Testimonials

Learn about why our residents think that UM/JMH General Surgery is the best place to train!

Program Curriculum

Overview

Resident education is a priority for the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Residents are relieved of all clinical duties in order to attend and participate in weekly educational conferences. In addition, the faculty provides smaller group didactic sessions which occur on a weekly basis depending on the rotation and specialty. Daily one-on-one intraoperative teaching is also highlighted. Our on-campus, fully equipped simulation lab is an incredible asset to the learning and development of our residents’ surgical skills. All categorical residents are provided one month of dedicated time in the skills lab during their intern year.

Please refer to the complete list of Rotations by Year for additional program curriculum information.

Your Faculty

Cardiac Surgery

Efrain Buitrago, MD
Surgeon, Jackson Heart Institute

Alfredo Rego, MD, PhD, FACS
Surgeon, Jackson Heart Institute

Romualdo Segurola, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Director, Jackson Heart Institute and Jackson North and South Medical Centers

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Corinne Aberle, MD
Assistant Professor

Joseph Lamelas, MD
Chief and Professor

Michael A. Magarakis, MD
Assistant Professor, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Alvaro Montoya, MD
Assistant Professor and Chief, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Dao M. Nguyen, MD
Professor, Surgery
Section Chief

Tomas A. Salerno, MD
Professor

Nestor R. Villamizar, MD
Associate Professor

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Luanne Force, MD
Assistant Professor

Vanessa Hui, MD
Assistant Professor

Floriano Marchetti, MD
Associate Professor

Nivedh V. Paluvoi, MD
Assistant Professor

Laurence R. Sands, MD, MBA
Chief and Professor

Endocrine Surgery

Diego M. Castilla, MD
Assistant Professor

Josefina Farra, MD
Assistant Professor

John I. Lew, MD
Chief and Professor

General and Bariatric Surgery

Nestor De la Cruz Munoz, Jr, MD
Professor, General and Bariatric Surgery

Duane G. Hutson, MD
Professor

Onur C. Kutlu, MD
Assistant Professor, General and Bariatric Surgery

Gustavo G. Leon, MD
General Surgeon
Staff Physician, UHealth Tower

Jose M. Martinez, MD
Chief, General Surgery
Professor, Laparoendoscopic Surgery

Danny Sleeman, MD
Director, Surgery Residency Program
Professor, General, Hepatobiliary and Trauma/Critical Care Surgery
Vice Chairman, Residency Education

Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery

Ann-Christina Brady, MD
Assistant Professor

Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA
Chief Academic Officer and Dean

Anthony R. Hogan, MD
Associate Professor

Eduardo A. Perez, MD
Professor

Juan E. Sola, MD
Chief and Professor

Chad M. Thorson, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Self-Study Committee, Surgery Residency Program

Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery

Natalia Fullerton, MD
Assistant Professor

Helen G. Hui-Chou, MD
Assistant Professor

Wrood Kassira, MD
Associate Professor

Anne-Sophie Lessard, MD
Assistant Professor

John C Oeltjen, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Zubin J. Panthaki, MD
Professor

Devinder Singh, MD
Chief and Professor

Seth R. Thaller, MD, DMD
Professor

Surgical Oncology and Breast Surgery

Eli Avisar, MD
Professor, Breast Surgery

Jessica S. Crystal, MD
Associate Professor, Breast Surgery

Jashodeep Datta, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology

Dido Franceschi, MD
Professor, Surgical Oncology

Neha Goel, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology

Susan B. Kesmodel, MD
Associate Professor, Breast Surgery

Alan S. Livingstone, MD
Chairman Emeritus and Professor, Surgical Oncology

Nipun B. Merchant, MD
Chief and Professor, Surgical Oncology

Mecker Moller, MD
Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology

Steven E. Rodgers, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

Seth A. Spector, MD
Chief, Surgery, Bruce. W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professor, Surgical Oncology and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Transplant Surgery – Kidney/Pancreas

George W. Burke, III, MD
Professor

Gaetano Ciancio, MD, MBA
Chief Academic Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Miami Transplant Institute
Professor

Linda J. Chen, MD
Assistant Professor

Jose M. Figueiro, MD
Associate Professor

Mahmoud Morsi, MD
Assistant Professor

Transplant Surgery – Gastrointestinal and Cardiopulmonary

Ali Ghodsizad, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Matthias Loebe, MD, PhD
Chief and Professor, Heart and Lung Transplant

Rafael Miyashiro Nunes Dos Santos, MD
Assistant Professor, Liver/Intestine/Multivisceral Surgeon

Camillo Ricordi, MD
Chief and Professor, Cellular Transplantation

Gennaro Selvaggi, MD
Associate Professor, Liver/Intestine/Multivisceral Surgeon

Akin Tekin, MD
Associate Professor, Liver/Intestine/Multivisceral Surgeon

Rodrigo M. Vianna, MD, PhD
Chief and Professor, Liver/Intestinal/Multivisceral Transplant

Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care

Patricia M. Byers, MD
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Mentorship Committee, Surgery Residency Program
Professor

George D. Garcia, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Clinical Competency Committee, Surgery Residency Program

Enrique Ginzburg, MD
Chair, Surgery, Jackson South Medical Center
Trauma Medical Director, Jackson South Medical Center
Professor

Valerie J. Hart, MD
Assistant Professor

Joyce I. Kaufman, MD
Assistant Professor

Howard M. Lieberman, MD
Assistant Professor

Edward B. Lineen, MD
Assistant Professor

Mauricio Lynn, MD
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, UHealth Tower
Professor

Antonio C. Marttos Jr, MD
Associate Professor

Nicholas Namias, MD, MBA
Chief, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Professor

Brandon Parker, DO
Assistant Professor

Louis R. Pizano, MD, MBA
Chief, Burns Surgery
Professor

Kenneth G. Proctor, PhD
Director, Trauma Research Laboratory, Ryder Trauma Center
Professor

Gerd D. Pust, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Program Evaluation Committee, Surgery Residency Program
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Rishi Rattan, MD
Associate Professor

Gabriel Ruiz, MD
Assistant Professor

Shevonne Satahoo, MD
Assistant Professor

Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Nutrition

Patricia M. Byers, MD
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Mentorship Committee, Surgery Residency Program
Chief, Surgical Nutrition
Professor

Daniel Dante Yeh, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
Chair, Wellness Committee, Surgery Residency Program
Director, Surgical Skills Laboratory, Surgery Residency Program

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Arash Bornak, MD
Associate Professor

Naixin Kang, MD
Assistant Professor

Stefan C. Kenel-Pierre, MD
Assistant Professor

Alberto Jose Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Rey, MD
Associate Professor and Chief

Handel R. Robinson, MD
Associate Professor

Tony Shao, MD
Assistant Professor

Marwan R. Tabbara, MD
Associate Professor

Omaida C. Velazquez, MD
Chair and Professor, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Kimmelman Endowed Chair, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Miami/Jackson Health System

Alumni Placements Include

Breast Surgery

Northwestern University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Burns Surgery

University of California, Davis

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Johns Hopkins University
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
New York University
University of Chicago
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of South Florida
Washington Hospital Center

Endocrine Surgery

University of Chicago
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Weil Cornell Medicine

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Cleveland Clinic
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Vanderbilt University
Yale University

Pediatric Surgery

Children’s National Hospital
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Stanford University
University of Chicago
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Tennessee
Washington University

Plastic Surgery

Duke University
Lahey Clinic
Temple University
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Texas at San Antonio

Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care
Jackson Memorial Hospital
UHealth Tower
University of Colorado
University of Nevada, Reno

Surgical Oncology

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Vascular Surgery

Emory University
Georgetown University
Medical College of Virginia
North Shore Jewish Center
University of Colorado
University of Pittsburgh

Various National & International Private Practices

Georgia
Key West
Jordan, Western Asia
Montana
South Carolina

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UHealth and Jackson logos, General Surgery Alumni Testimonials

General Surgery Alumni Testimonials

Hear from our alumni about why they loved our training program!