Our goal is to advance surgical education by fostering compassion, competence and curiosity in learners, faculty and staff.”

Amy L. Halverson, M.D. Vice Chair of Education

Interested in Surgery?

Medical Students

Surgery faculty work closely with the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education to develop and inspire future colleagues.



We offer four residency programs: general surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery.



Our department offers 14 subspecialty surgery training programs; browse our fellowship programs to learn more.

Northwestern Center for Surgical Education

Educational innovation and research in the Department of Surgery


Resources for current students, residents, fellows & faculty members.

Edelstone-Bendix Day

Edelstone-Bendix Day is a longstanding tradition in the Department of Surgery. Events include talks by chief residents, research awards and presentations and a visiting professor lectureship.

Resident Research + Starzl Academy

Resident Research

All four of our residency programs prioritize resident research training. We provide dedicated research time and a diverse range of opportunities, as well as faculty committed to mentorship.

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Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

Visit the Starzl Academy Site

Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Surgery strongly encourages applications from minority candidates who are under-represented in our specialty, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and LGBTQ students. Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

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