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
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.