A letter from the Chair of the Department of Surgery:
Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS
Since first being accredited in 1942 as a surgical residency program, our surgical faculty at Akron General Medical Center has been training highly competent and talented surgeons for almost 75 years.
As a primary medical student surgery clerkship teaching site for both Northeastern Ohio Medical University and The University of Toledo College of Medicine, our program combines the very best of a busy community hospital combined with strong academic affiliations. Our hospital is involved with ten different residency and fellowship programs and is fully committed to the ongoing support and growth of our Graduate Medical Education programs, despite the changing landscapes of health care that we continue to see nationally.
By the time that our three chief residents reach graduation each year, they are knowledgeable, experienced and highly competent. Having already directed their own house surgery clinic for their chief year, the transition between residency and becoming a capable surgeon is realized. Our graduates are competitive in either pursuing fellowship programs of their choice, or they also know that if they choose a career as a general surgeon, they have the skill set and confidence to outperform.
We prioritize education over service, and our resident staff is integral in the care that our patients receive. In addition to general surgery, our teaching faculty includes many surgical specialists including: Acute Care, Bariatric, Breast, Cardiac, Endocrine, Endoscopic, Hepatobiliary, Laparoscopic, Pancreatic, SICU, Thoracic, Trauma and Vascular surgery. We are a Level 1 designated Trauma Center and are building a new Emergency Department. Our Breast Health Center, staffed by specialists and our Fellow, provide an excellent educational experience. Adjacent to our campus is the regional burn unit and pediatric medical center. Our institution recently became affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic and we anticipate potentially even more teaching opportunities in the future.
As a graduate of our program from over 25 years ago, I personally am proud to be associated with the team of surgeons who make up our teaching faculty, as well as the quality of the residents whom we have the privilege to train. Clearly you will find the Residency Program in General Surgery Program at Akron General Medical Center to be one of the best opportunities available anywhere for training in surgery.
We look forward to your taking a closer look at our residency program!
Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery, NEOMED