General Surgery Residency Surgical Subspecialties


Surgical subspecialties and services are important components of the general surgical education. The majority of the program—and all of the fifth year—involve the areas of general surgery listed below. During training, residents rotate through the entire range of surgical subspecialties.

Colon & Rectal Surgery

The Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery provides the complete spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services for diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. A multidisciplinary Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease involves specialists in colon and rectal surgery and gastroenterology.

An accredited training program in colon and rectal surgery — leading to board certification—is a part of the overall effort of this specialty. General surgery residents will take an active part in this discipline.

Visit the colon and rectal surgery residency program page for more information.

Surgical Critical Care

This multidisciplinary department has three physicians representing specialties in surgery, anesthesiology and internal medicine/pulmonary medicine.

The SICU rotation consists of:

  • Daily bedside teaching
  • Didactic lectures
  • Directed study to provide clinical experience in the care of critically ill and injured patients

Residents will acquire the fundamental knowledge and technical skills necessary to diagnose and manage acute, life-threatening single-organ dysfunction as well as complex multisystem failure.

Visit Surgical Critical Care for more information.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Lahey’s cardiothoracic surgeons perform a broad variety of procedures in adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery. Residents receive rich experience in the treatment of benign and malignant conditions of the lung, pleura, chest wall, mediastinum and esophagus as well as the AICD treatment of arrhythmias.

General surgery residents have primary patient care responsibilities in the ICU, Stepdown Unit, and the regular patient care floors and will be involved in both cardiac and general thoracic surgical procedures.

Visit Thoracic & Cardiothoracic Surgery for more information.

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery provides care for the full range of vascular surgical disorders. Vascular surgeons work closely with the medical vascular service and the neurology department.

Residents are integrally involved in preoperative, operative and postoperative inpatient care, and in post-hospital follow-up.

Residents learn preoperative evaluation and postoperative surveillance techniques in the outpatient clinic and are encouraged to become involved in a clinical project leading to publication.

Visit Vascular Surgery for more information.

Liver & Transplant Program

At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, we have a strong foundation for excellence in liver transplantation. Roger L. Jenkins, MD, FACS, performed the first liver transplant in New England in July 1983. Since then, significant technological advancements in surgery, preoperative assessment and postoperative care have resulted in the ability to perform more complicated and innovative procedures safely.

We are one of the nation’s leading centers for adult liver transplants. Together with physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital, we perform a number of pediatric transplants as well.

Our transplant surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation at performing live donor liver transplant surgeries.

Our multidisciplinary team of transplant surgeons, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, financial coordinators and others expertly provides fully coordinated pre- and post-transplant care. Throughout the entire transplant process, these health care professionals are with patients and their families, providing medical care, emotional support, financial coordination and much more.

Visit the Transplant & Hepatobiliary Disease page for more information.