General Surgery Residency

 James K. Lukan, MD.

Program director James K. Lukan, MD, leads our residency.

The Department of Surgery provides a robust general surgery residency program dedicated to creating the next generation of surgical leaders. 

Our residency program offers rotations that expose you to a large patient population, curriculum that familiarizes you with the surgical specialties and research opportunities that deepen your knowledge.

The Only General Surgery Residency in Buffalo

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery serves an enormous patient population. The metropolitan population is over 1 million people. Residents in the general surgery residency program are given the opportunity to handle a variety of cases, especially in trauma, vascular, and general surgery.

A Comprehensive Experience

All of our graduates are eligible for Board Certification. Our program meets the requirements of the American Board of Surgery and the Residency Review Committee. We offer a comprehensive general surgery curriculum with sufficient exposure to the sub-specialties over the course of the 5 year residency. In addition to general surgery training, the Surgery Plus Program is available to residents who desire to learn the deeper depths of the healthcare industry.

Bootcamp.

Our general surgery residency program includes 9 categorical residents at each level of training. There are undesignated preliminary rotations as well as designated rotations for orthopedic, urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, vascular surgery, and oral-maxillofacial surgery residents. For those specifically interested in vascular surgery, our Division of Vascular Surgery offers an ACGME-approved Vascular Integrated Residency.

Our residents have the option to devote protected time away from training to pursue clinical and/or basic sciences research. These opportunities cover a broad range, including basic science, clinical, epidemiological, or educational research.

We have 1 to 2 year programs for those who would like to pursue a dedicated research experience. Research years can be productive, fulfilling and career enhancing.

You can also apply to become part of our Surgery Plus Program, which allows residents to obtain advanced degrees without any financial obligation.

We offer training at 7 of our affiliated hospitals and institutions all of which are within a 20 minute drive from each other. These hospitals include institutions specialized in pediatrics and oncology. We seek to give those in our general surgery residency program the most diverse experience possible.

American Board of Surgery Exam Ready

All Department of Surgery trainee graduates leave our programs prepared for certification examinations and have met all eligibility requirements of the American Board of Surgery. For detailed information regarding the requirements for certification, please visit The American Board of Surgery website.

Why Choose Our Program?

Several things make our general surgery residency program appealing to trainees and include:

  • Residents receive comprehensive and robust salary and benefits
  • Each graduate averages 800-1000 cases over the five year residency program.
  • Experience in working in a variety of hospital systems with interested, enthusiastic surgical educators.
  • A wide range of blunt and penetrating trauma with dedicated trauma intensive care rotations.
  • Advanced vascular program at Gates Vascular Institute.
  • Designated Endoscopy rotations.
  • Rotations at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer center.
  • A Resident Leadership Committee, elected representatives of each year group, form an integral part of the management and direction of the program.
  • Successful performance on the ABS exams
  • Successful professional placements in fellowships and practice opportunities.
  • A group of residents that exists to support you in your education and work as a team.

Program Director

Lukan, James

James Lukan, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, General Surgery Residency Program Director

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, Third Floor, 462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5283; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: jlukan@buffalo.edu

Associate Program Director

Brewer, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Brewer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, Third Floor, 462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5104; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: jbrewer@buffalo.edu

Associate Program Director

Cooper, Clairice

Clairice Cooper, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

DK Miller Building, Office 310, Erie County Medical Center Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: 716-898-5104; Fax: 716-898-3194

Email: cbakker@buffalo.edu

Assistant Program Director

Rothstein, David

David Rothstein, MD, MS

Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Associate Professor of Surgery

Conventus Building, 1001 Main St, 3rd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-323-6110; Fax: 716-323-6683

Email: davidrot@buffalo.edu

Training Program Administrator

Melissa Beckman.

Melissa Beckman

Training Program Administrator

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3627; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: mbeckman@buffalo.edu

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Dana Guagliardo.

Dana Guagliardo

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Surgery

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, Room 308, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-4050; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: danaguag@buffalo.edu

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Susan Petri.

Susan Petri

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Surgery

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-6515; Fax: (716) 898-5029

Email: spetri@buffalo.edu