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.

GSR2017 2Training 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.

General surgery residents are encouraged to pursue a one- or two-year research fellowship. Mentored opportunities in basic science, clinical and health services research are available. Visit the department's research webpage to explore potential projects and mentors. Program leaders encourage residents begin exploring these options during their intern year, and will help residents identify a primary mentor that is a good match for their interests. Typically research fellowship occurs between the second and third year of residency, but this can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis.

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

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.



Program Director: John R. Porterfield, Jr., M.D.

Associate Program Directors:

Coordinator: Jamie Moody
Phone: 205.934.9600

1922 7th Avenue South, 217 Kracke Building
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0016