Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center consists of seven divisions and administers a multidisciplinary program, the UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. The Department has a long tradition of excellence in providing clinical care and educating residents and students. However, we are not complacent and will continue to grow and change. We are proud of the progress we have made and remain committed to excellence.


The mission of UT Southwestern Medical School is to provide a scholarly environment based on research, education, and patient care. The role of the Department of Surgery is to be a mature and responsible component of the Medical School and a partner with its primary teaching hospitals in accomplishing this overall mission.

In this role, the specific mission is to address a constellation of medical problems that frequently require operative management for emergency and non-emergency treatment and to:

  • Disseminate information
  • Deliver medical care to patients
  • Develop new knowledge regarding "surgical diseases"

The Department (and the Medical School) were created for the express purpose of educating “students” at many levels in all of the three areas listed above. Success requires intertwining education, research, and delivery of care with a careful balance among the three.

Department Goals

The goals of UT Southwestern's Department of Surgery are:

  • To provide high-quality patient care and to be recognized as the regional and community leader in developing and applying new and effective therapy for surgical problems
  • To have nationally recognized programs of scholarship and investigation in all of our divisions
  • To promote the academic and personal development of the faculty
  • To provide high-quality, nationally recognized training for residents, physicians, medical students, and allied health personnel in surgery
  • To have an organization/administrative structure which facilitates developments in patient care, research, and education
  • To be fiscally responsible in the overall framework of the Medical School

In the News

New method of liver transplant keeps organ at body temperature
It’s an organ in a box, and it must be delivered in time to save a patient’s life. Now, surgeons at UT Southwestern are testing a new method that keeps the liver warm and full of blood instead of on ice.