General Surgery Residency Program

The Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma offers six categorical general surgery positions each academic year. All categorical PGY-1 residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. In our program, on average, senior residents perform more than 300 major procedures in their final year. In the years prior to becoming senior resident, residents perform an average of 600 operations and serve as the first assistant on an additional 200-300 procedures, which include virtually all operations in the field of general surgery, as well as numerous bedside procedures critical to the care of patients.

We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Detailed information on the application process and other helpful information about our program can be found on the following pages:

Any questions or comments may be emailed to, or contact Residency Program Director and Professor of Surgery Dr. Jason Lees.

Jason S. Lees, MD

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and General Surgery Residency Program Director
(405) 271-6308

General Surgery Rotation Schedule

Each resident in our program keeps a detailed record of his/her personal operative experience, using the ACGME program. Copies of the records are on file in the departmental offices.

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Hospitals & Academic Facilities

The Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a 200-acre campus located one mile south of the state capitol in Oklahoma City. The Center includes the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Allied Health, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, the Graduate College, the Robert M. Bird Library, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Department of Health, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Presbyterian Tower and The Children’s Hospital are collectively referred to as OU Medical Center.

OU Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital with 400 adult beds and 22 operating rooms with an adjacent recovery room. The hospital serves as a tertiary referral center for all of Oklahoma and surrounding states.

OU Medical Center stands apart as the only American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified designated Level One Trauma Center in the state. In 2017-18, the team cared for 847 trauma general surgery cases, with 1,627 general surgery trauma admissions, 943 ICU admissions and 3,148 trauma activations.

OU Medical Center-Adult Presbyterian Tower is a 355-bed facility with 22 ORs and 78 ICU beds. In 2017-18, ED visits totaled 45,100 and admissions totaled 10,900, with more than 13,350 surgeries performed.

The hospital operates a large outpatient clinic, with the surgery clinic meeting two days a week and caring for nearly 3,200 patients each year.

Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) was constructed in 1953, making it one of the first veterans hospitals to be located within a university medical center. The building has undergone numerous renovations over the years.

With 190 acute care beds, eight operating rooms, 30 ICU beds, and endoscopy and vascular/IR suites, the hospital serves as a major teaching facility for the university. The team cared for more than 600 general surgery cases in 2017-18.

The Children’s Hospital & Women’s & Newborn Center is home to all OB-GYN and pediatric services. The Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state, serving as the referral center for the entire region. The pediatric surgical team performs the majority of complicated pediatric surgery cases in the state, and the cardiothoracic pediatric surgical team is responsible for most of the complicated pediatric heart cases, including extensive cardiac reconstruction of congenital defects. The facilities combined offer 314 beds, with 96 NICU, 25 PICU and 14 ORs (11 pediatric, 3 OB).

In 2017-18, the team cared for 5,363 women’s admissions, 45,222 ED/hospital visits, 7,986 ED/women’s visits, and 9,792 operations, 2,400 of which were pediatric surgical procedures.

Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center is located on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City, providing multidisciplinary care through surgical, medical and radiation oncology. It opened in 2011 with the mission to improve and extend the lives of cancer patients through:

• Providing patient-centered, multidisciplinary care, including surgical, medical and radiation oncology

• Conducting innovative basic, translational and clinical research

• Raising the level of cancer awareness and prevention

• Educating the next generation of cancer health care professionals

• Serving as a statewide resource for patients, researchers, health professionals and communities

Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only 70 NCI-designated cancer care centers, leading the way in cancer research.

OU Medical Center Edmond is located 13 miles north of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. Patients in the Edmond area have access to a local resource for the highest level of care, with an emphasis on outpatient and minimally invasive procedures. The hospital is equipped with five ORs, 60 inpatient beds, 10 ICU beds and a bariatric surgery unit. The team at OU Medical Center Edmond focuses on outpatient and minimally invasive procedures, overseeing an average of 750 general surgery cases per year.

Great Plains Regional Medical Center is located 100 miles west of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City and is the site for a one-month rotation as a PGY-3.