As I reflect on my years since I was named Chair of the Department of Surgery, I am pleased with the progress the Department has made. Clinical programs are thriving, research programs and the faculty associated with them are maturing, and education programs are strong and becoming stronger. We attract strong candidates for our training programs and are recruiting impressive young faculty with great potential. We have much to be thankful for and are truly blessed by the quality of the individuals assembled in this Department and at this institution.
There have been significant changes in clinical programs at UT Southwestern’s University Hospitals, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The large patient populations and the breadth of disease seen in our patients provides the basis for excellent training programs in surgery and subspecialties. Our challenges have been to meet the needs of this growing practice while maintaining and expanding education and research programs. We remain committed to providing the highest quality health care to all patients on our campus and to expand our research activities into our large practices by developing transitional, clinical, and health service research programs.
We are proud of our institution and our Department and the fine individuals, faculty and staff, residents and students, research technicians and clinical caregivers, who ensure the excellence of our programs. We have excellent working relationships with our hospital partners and appreciate the expertise they bring to our healthcare system. Please examine our programs through this website, or better yet, visit us. There is plenty of room in our department for faculty, staff, and trainees who are interested in improving surgical care of patients, educating students, residents, and surgeons in practice, and/or expanding surgical knowledge. This is an invigorating environment that will expand your abilities and desires to remain on the cutting edge of surgical care for the rest of your career.
Robert V. Rege, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery