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.

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery is the only general residency program in Buffalo.

As the only general surgery residency program in Buffalo, New York, our department provides care to an enormous patient population as well as the mix of cases necessary to provide the broadest possible learning experience. Buffalo has a metropolitan population of over 1 million people and offers a wide variety of cases especially in trauma, vascular, and general surgery.

All of our hospitals are within a 20 minute drive of each other and we offer training at 6 different institutions over the course of your residecy including specialized institutions in pediatrics and oncology. 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.

Our department is associated with the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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 to two years. For residents who are interested, the research years can be productive, fulfilling, and career enhancing.

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 as well as undesignated preliminary spots.


Why Choose Our Program?

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

  • 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.
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 offer unique opportunities for surgical residents to obtain higher education during residency including MBA, MPH, Masters of Education, Masters of Engineering, and Biomedical Informatics Fellowship.
Residents are encouraged to work on clinical and translational research projects during their residency.
We take pride in not only finding academically and technically talented individuals, but in finding those with qualities to become gifted surgical leaders.
We enjoy close working relationships with the area hospitals and care facilities that host our rotations and didactics.
Our salaries do not include the additional value of your benefits (approximately $4,000 to $5,000), which UB GME pays. Most institutions ask you to pay for your own benefits.
Applications are accepted only through ERAS, beginning September 15th.
Please contact us with any questions you have about our general surgery residency program, research opportunities for residents or the application process.
Our region is characterized by a neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.

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.

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