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Department of Surgery

Comprehensive training for tomorrow's surgeon

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery is committed to the education and development of excellent surgical clinicians, incorporating the skills, knowledge and competencies essential for providing a high standard of care to residents across the state of Indiana and beyond. Faculty educators in the Department of Surgery strive to advance surgical scientists and their research and aim to instill the leadership qualities that will empower graduates to excel in all practice settings.

As part of the largest medical school in the United States, the Department of Surgery at IU School of Medicine consists of six divisions, including general surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, transplantation surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and peripheral vascular surgery. More than 120 faculty members help mentor 100 residents and fellows each academic year pursuing specialized training.


The Department of Surgery places a strong emphasis on education for medical students, residents and fellows. The medical knowledge and development that occurs within the Department stems from a defined curriculum, dedicated faculty and an environment optimal for adult and pediatric patient care.
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Surgical scientists and researchers at IU School of Medicine focus on the anatomy and techniques used in the operating room, operative performance, mental skills and surgical program evaluation. These accomplished physicians serve as the backbone for pursuing new and innovative research in surgical education.
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Clinical Care

Department of Surgery faculty are experienced in performing every type of surgery, including general, trauma, cardiovascular/thoracic, pediatric, plastic, transplant and vascular. Patients in the care of these medical professionals benefit from the latest surgical techniques and innovative approaches to care.
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IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery

7 Divisions
130 Faculty Members
8 Partner Hospitals
10705-Dunnington, Gary

Gary L. Dunnington, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery

An international expert on surgical education, the area of clinical expertise for Gary Dunnington, MD, is surgical oncology with a focus in breast and endocrine disease.

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38765-Fisher, Carla

Carla S. Fisher, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Carla Fisher, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of breast surgical oncology and surgical education based on her clinical work and medical research.

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The Department of Surgery at IU School of Medicine develops excellent surgeons across all subspecialties who are equipped with the competencies essential for providing the highest standard of care. Training instills leadership qualities that empower graduates to function exceptionally in any practice setting, thanks to the full support of the teaching faculty, research faculty and education leadership of the department.

Surgery Training Programs

The Department of Surgery has four residency training programs, eleven fellowship programs, and two Transition to Practice programs. The department’s diverse faculty group of both generalist and specialists contribute to the broad-based surgical training in areas of clinical, technical and research to train the next generation of leaders. The department is actively recruiting residents for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Find details about programs and admissions requirements on the Department of Surgery residency programs page.

Surgery Education Programs