General Surgery Residency

 James K. Lukan, MD

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

Our unique program provides an outstanding mix of "bread and butter" general surgery and complex tertiary care cases from the 9 county Western New York region, Canada and beyond. Trainees receive a challenging, broad-based learning experience.

We offer comprehensive training in general surgery, with sufficient exposure to the surgical specialties to meet the requirements of the American Board of Surgery and the Residency Review Committee. The program is fully approved and all graduates are eligible for Board Certification. For interested residents, research opportunities are available.

A unique and important feature of the University at Buffalo General Surgery Program is the fact that it is the only surgical residency program in the city. This provides an enormous patient population as well as the mix of cases necessary to provide the broadest possible learning experience. All hospitals are within 20 minutes of each other and there are no away rotations.

We offer comprehensive training in general surgery, with sufficient exposure to the subspecialties to meet the requirements of the American Board of Surgery and the Residency Review Committee. All of our graduates are eligible for Board Certification.

Research opportunities are also available for residents in all surgical specialties, and include a broad range of topics from basic science to clinical to epidemiological to educational research. Residents may also pursue a dedicated research experience-typically for one year. For residents who are interested, the research year(s) are productive and career-enhancing.

Program Information

The University at Buffalo Integrated Surgical Residency Program provides an accredited five-year program in surgery that utilizes six hospitals. The University at Buffalo is the sponsoring agency for all graduate training programs at the university and its affiliated hospitals.

The program includes nine categorical residents at each level of training. It also includes designated preliminary rotations for orthopedic, urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, vascular surgery and oral-maxillofacial surgery residents.

Reasons that make our residency program attractive:

  • 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
  • The Resident Leadership Committee, elected representatives of each year group, form an integral part of the management of the program
  • Successful performance on the ABS exams
  • Successful professional placements in fellowships and practice opportunities


Second Hour Educational Programs
6:45am - 7:45am

Resident Educational Programs

BGMC - Swift Aud - 7:45am - 10:00am

Educational Programming Includes:

  • Basic Science
  • Journal Club
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Skills Lab experiences
  • Multi-disciplinary conferences

Annual Events



Our curriculum will help you fully develop your clinical care abilities, research expertise, professionalism, leadership skills and knowledge about the full spectrum of conditions you will encounter as a specialist in surgery.
We enjoy close working relationships with the area hospitals and care facilities that host our rotations and didactics.
Our residents benefit from comprehensive curriculum and supportive mentoring that lays foundations for rewarding futures in surgery.
Applications for PGY1 categorical positions are through the NRMP.

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


Training Program Administrator

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