Career Development

The Department of Surgery has a very broad research program and all divisions maintain active basic science research labs or clinical research programs. Thus, it is the expectation that most if not all our surgical residents will spend a two year period in a basic science or clinical research effort. This is not an absolute requirement and residents have been able to track through the program in five years. Most recently, residents have taken the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees during this time period, and the opportunity exists to pursue a number of these degree programs through Penn State directly through course work or on-line. Residents have also participated in laboratories outside the department within the College of Medicine and other institutions including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While residents are encouraged to pursue external funding sources, limited support is available through the Department of Surgery for qualified individuals and projects.

Research Opportunities within the Department of Surgery

Division of Artificial Organs - Gerson Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery - Walter Koltun, M.D.
Division of General Surgery Specialties - David I. Soybel, M.D.
Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatrics - Randy Haluck, M.D.
Division of Outcomes, Research and Quality - Christopher Hollenbeak, Ph.D.
Division of Plastic Surgery - Donald Mackay, M.D.
Division of Transplant Surgery - Zakiyah Kadry, M.D.
Division of Vascular Surgery - Faisal Aziz, M.D.

College of Medicine

Multiple collaborative efforts exist with other clinical and basic science departments in the College of Medicine and the University with the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Degree Programs

The possibility of pursuing an advanced degree in a number of areas within the Penn State system exists during the two years of career development between the second and third clinical years.

  • Masters in Education
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Masters of Science
  • Masters of Public Health – Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Masters in Health Administration – Penn State (Harrisburg)