Program Director: Thomas J. Watson, MD, FACS
Assistant Program Directors: Vinay Gupta, MD and David Lisle, MD
Residency Coordinator: Jeneen Bishop, 443-777-7635
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was initially chartered as the Union Protestant Infirmary (UPI) in 1854. It changed its name when it moved to its current site in 1924. Our program, which began under the leadership of J.M.T. Finney Sr., MD, is one of the oldest independent residency programs in the country. Dr. Finney graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed his general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then joined the full-time surgical faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with William S. Halsted, MD.
Dr. Finney needed another hospital for his expanding clinical practice and began using the Union Protestant Infirmary in 1891. For the next 51 years, his ingenious surgical skills attracted patients and physicians to the infirmary that he would help transform into MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Finney remained, first and foremost, a clinical surgeon committed to providing the highest quality of patient care.
That same commitment continues today with the surgeons and residents who practice and train at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The Department of Surgery directs one of the four residency programs at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
We are a community-based, academic surgical training program that is uniquely able to offer a diverse training experience for men and women who desire to be excellent surgeons, both in and out of the operating room.
In 2014, ACGME granted an expansion of our residency program from two to three categorical residents each year.
Our residents graduate with more than 1,000 cases and at least 300 major cases in their chief resident year. Our residents often seek fellowships and match in their desired field.
Each year, three categorical residents are accepted through the National Resident Matching Program into the non-pyramidal general surgery program. Rankings are based on the applicant's academic record, USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, and interviews.