Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona General Surgery Residency Training Program. Our program is a 5-year, fully-accredited program with eight categorical positions per year. Our commitment is to train young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and to guide them into becoming professional leaders in their field of interest.

The major strength of our program is its flexibility. Our graduating chief residents typically match into coveted fellowships; some have pursued academic surgery while others enter private practice. While research is not required, it is encouraged and available to any resident who desires to pursue additional dedicated research culminating in a Masters or PhD degree. We also provide an elective rotation at the PGY3 level which allows each resident to explore a track of interest. In addition, we offer a surgery rotation in Tuba City where residents work with Native Americans, learning the challenges of healthcare delivery in a rural setting.

Another strength in our program is the relationship between the residents and the faculty. We are all very committed to resident education and training. As such, the faculty and residents work closely together to pursue this goal in a collegial and supportive environment.

We are extremely proud of our trainees and I can assure you that as a resident in our program, we will work together to help you develop into a high caliber surgeon.

Please do not hesitate to call our program office at 520-626-7747 with any questions.


Valentine Nfonsam, MD, MS, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency