We are very pleased that you have an interest in our General Surgery Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Mass General's Surgical Residency Program has long been viewed as one of the finest surgical training programs in the world, with our graduates going on to highly successful careers or leadership positions in surgery. Mass General has been a leader in the evolution of surgical training: It was one of the first programs to institute a rectangular (as opposed to pyramidal) training program, was a pioneer in recruiting women to both residency and faculty, and in training residents in complex minimally invasive surgery. Our current program provides strong clinical training with the appropriate mix of supervision and autonomy at all levels, as well as an unparalleled exposure to complex open and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Residents are also provided with an excellent didactic program and simulation training. Finally, residents are offered basic and clinical research opportunities to further their careers, either within Mass General/Harvard programs or elsewhere. Here, the individual resident is supported and nurtured to pursue his or her dream — we do not believe in "one size fits all." Recent graduates of Mass General's Surgical Residency Program have obtained outstanding fellowship opportunities and launched successful careers in general surgery.

We are dedicated to maintaining the tradition of excellence in surgical training at Mass General, as well as prepared to tackle the complexities of modern surgical training. We are excited about the opportunity to develop the future leaders of American surgery and look forward to recruiting and mentoring the finest young surgeons in the world. Clearly, there is no place with a better track record of excellence or with more opportunities for the future than the Massachusetts General Hospital.

We encourage you to browse through our website, to apply to our program, and to discover for yourself why we believe that Mass General remains the premier training program in general surgery today.


Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Chief of Surgery

John T. Mullen, MD
Program Director