General Surgery Residency

 James K. Lukan, MD.

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

The University at Buffalo general surgery residency program is one the oldest and largest in the nation. Our roots lie in the past, but our vision has always been on the future. We have been pushing the boundaries of surgery for over 150 years, and within these walls, we train the surgical leaders that will push them for hundreds more.

What makes a remarkable surgeon?

Hint: It has nothing to do with race, gender, status or wealth. It is what you see when you look at the work of a great artist. It has no mass, yet it is an unstoppable force. 

The secret ingredient in something extraordinary is passion. It is passion that gives our residents the stamina to endure a 30 hour shift in the operating room. It is the passion of a great surgeon that steadies her hands so that she may use them to save lives.

If it is passion and love for helping others that brings you here today, you came to the right place. We will teach you how to transform your passion into surgical skill.

A Comprehensive Experience

How do we transform recent medical school graduates into the surgical leaders of the future in just 5 years?

It starts with culture

Becoming an excellent surgeon takes more than learning to cut, sew and tie. Surgery is a labor of love. It takes compassion, grace and unwavering determination. These are not things we can simply teach in a curriculum. It is the very environment we foster that allows us to inspire these traits in our residents.

A robust curriculum

Resident led boot camp for incoming interns.

If there is one thing that we have learned from nearly two centuries of training surgeons, it is that superior clinical skill is achieved through meaningful experience. Our curriculum is designed to provide our residents with the best experience possible. Being the only general surgery residency program in Buffalo means that our residents rotate through 6 unique locations, handle an extensive variety of cases and gain a perspective of unparalleled clinical diversity.

A range of opportunities

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.

For residents with exceptional drive and ambition to learn the deeper depths of the healthcare industry, we offer the Surgery Plus Program. This program provides residents with the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree with no financial obligation.

We are not just surgeons, we are scientists and researchers. The University at Buffalo is a top tier research institution where the wheels of discovery never stop turning.

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.

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 900-1100 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

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  • 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