Residency and Fellowship Programs








Residency and Fellowship Programs

Through our highly respected residency and fellowship programs, our trainees gain clinical experience, a comprehensive background in surgical sciences and solid skills in basic and clinical investigation in an equitable and inclusive environment.

The Department of Surgery offers residencies in general surgery and vascular surgery. Within the General Surgery Residency Program, a preliminary one year internship is offered. Post residency fellowship training is provided in cardiothoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery; surgical critical care, trauma and acute care surgery; and vascular surgery.

Our surgeons are committed to providing excellence in education and have won numerous teaching awards in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. The residents and students are provided state of the art simulated training. The faculty has published numerous articles in the education field, showing their commitment to being innovative and leaders in the nation.

Our Residency Programs

We are proud to train the next generation of surgeons at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. In partnership with Banner - University Medicine, our faculty oversee the administration of two residency programs, one in general surgery and the other in vascular surgery.

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General Surgery

Our program is a 5-year, fully-accredited, non-pyramidal program with 8 categorical positions per year. Our commitment is to train young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and, most importantly, to guide them in becoming professional leaders in their field of interest.

Zhou vascular surgery

Vascular Surgery

The 0-5 integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program at the University of Arizona is designed to produce trainees well-rounded in all aspects of vascular surgery. Progressively increasing responsibility will be provided under careful attending supervision, leading to the development of thoughtful, ethical and highly competent independent practitioners of the specialty. 

Clinical Fellowship Programs

Several clinical fellowships are offered through the University of Arizona Department of Surgery to expand and deepen our trainees' expertise in their chose subspecialty. Our fellowships in trauma, cardiothoracic, minimally invasive and vascular surgery provide training with experts in their fields and in an environment with a highly diverse patient population. 

Trauma Surgery with Dr. Joseph

Surgical Critical Care, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

This is a two-year fellowship program. The first year, fellows participate in an ACGME-accredited surgical critical care program with a 12-month curriculum that includes rotations in four ICUs, elective rotations, and research. Year two is an acute care surgery, AAST accredited program, with training in trauma and emergency general surgery, vascular, cardiothoracic, hepatobiliary, and burn surgery. The fellowship program is overseen by seven full-time trauma/critical care surgeons.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program matches one fellow per year for a two-year fellowship. The two fellows alternate between the cardiac and thoracic surgery services. No other surgical residents or trainees on either service compete for cases. Six midlevel practitioners (ANPs or PAs) support the two services.

Dr. Ghaderi and Dr. Ajmal with robot

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Our dual purpose is to train those who will provide top quality patient care and be academic leaders in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Our fellows in turn will train many physicians for practice in communities across the country. This emphasis makes our fellowship one of the most unique programs in the United States.

Vascular surgery with Dr. Zhou

Vascular Surgery

Our areas of specific interest include the biology of vascular implants, endografts and stents, mechanisms of graft healing, the study of vein graft stenosis and myointimal hyperplasia in humans, and the possible improvement in prosthetic graft patency conferred by autogenous vein patches and cuffs. We continue to work with Ron Heimark, PhD, a well recognized basic scientist in the areas of vascular biology, including endothelial cell transplantation, smooth muscle cell function and the role of cadherins in vascular biology.

Research Fellowship Programs

In addition to our clinical fellowships, the Department of Surgery also organizes two postdoctoral research fellowships, one specializing in trauma surgery and the other in minimally invasive surgery.