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General Surgery Residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Program Director: Richard F. Heitmiller, M.D. Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Program Director, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: Edward McCarron, M.D.
Assistant Program Director, MedStar Union Memorial:  Gregory Burgoyne, M.D.
Residency Coordinator: Cecilia Lawson, R.N., 410-554-2782

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, 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 Union Memorial Hospital. The Department of Surgery directs one of the four residency programs at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 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.

Our residents graduate with more than 1,000 cases and at least 300 major cases in their chief resident year. Nine of our last 10 chief residents have sought fellowships and matched in their field of choice.

Each year, two 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.