The General Surgery Residency Program at UAB provides an outstanding clinical experience with many unique opportunities including research participation, extensive robotic surgery training, international training opportunities, and more.

Residency Group 2016

Training takes place across five facilities, University Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and Highlands Hospital. All of these facilities are conveniently located in downtown Birmingham as part of the UAB Medical Center District.

Clinical Experience

UAB Hospital is the 3rd largest public hospital in the US with 1,157 licensed beds. More than 40,000 operative procedures are performed annually at UAB, providing trainees with abundant opportunities. On average, our residents perform 1,390 procedures during their residency. As the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, UAB provides training opportunities in a wide variety of complex cases.


The General Surgery Residency Program is comprised of five years of clinical experience. As residents progress in their training, responsibility and case volume continue to build.


Research Opportunities

General surgery residents have the opportunity to complete two years of research, free of clinical duties, after their second or third year of clinical training. Research topics may include but are not limited to outcomes based, health care disparities, cancer, pediatric surgical research, shock, trauma, resuscitation and more.


How to Apply?

Eight categorical residents are accepted into the program each year through the National Residency Matching Program.


About Birmingham

The UAB School of Medicine, perhaps more than most medical schools, is integral to our city. UAB’s enterprise directly contributes to the economic health and vitality of the city, and Birmingham is also vital to UAB. Together they create a vibrant city full of activity and innovation.



Porterfield John for webJohn R. Porterfield, Jr., M.D., Program Director

Jared White, M.D., Associate Program Director
Kimberly Hendershot, M.D., Associate Program Director
Thomas Wang, M.D., Associate Program Director

Coordinator: Jamie Moody, 205.975.3288


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