Residency Programs

General Surgery Residency Program

The Department of Surgery is committed to providing quality healthcare in surgical specialties and subspecialties, we promise our patients competent and informed surgeons, a safe and healthy clinical environment, and a system of informed and good practices regarding the surgical care that is rendered.

Plastic Surgery Residency Program

The Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery provides the formal educational program based in the University tradition. The principal goal is to provide a broad-based experience in the principles and practice of plastic surgery. The curriculum is sequenced so that all topics of the plastic surgery core curriculum, as described in the Comprehensive Plastic Surgery Curriculum, are presented in a three-year cycle.

Research Resident Program

Our residents have the opportunity to spend one, two, or three additional years doing clinical, translational, and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. Conducting research during residency is highly recommended; however, it is not required for incoming interns who elect to apply for the non-research track.


Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship program at UT Health Science Center San Antonio is designed to create leaders in trauma surgery and surgical critical care through intensive clinical exposure to complex surgical critical care, the development of administrative skills required to manage a modern surgical intensive care unit, and involvement in various educational and clinical research opportunities.

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The fellow will spend his/her time between 3 institutions: Audie L. Murphy VAH, University Hospital and Saint Luke’s Baptist.

Medical Students

Third-Year Surgical Clerkship

The purpose of undergraduate surgical education is to prepare the medical student for residency and the practice of medicine. Because there is greater emphasis on primary care in medical school today, the time allotted to the study of surgery has diminished greatly in recent years. More than ever the third year surgical curriculum must address the diagnosis and treatment of the most common surgical diseases.

MS4 Boot Camp

For 4 weeks during the fourth year, a surgical “Boot Camp” provides students an opportunity to learn and develop basic surgical skills under a less stressful environment and prepare for their surgical internships.

Stewart M. Johnson Student Surgical Society

The Stewart M. Johnson Student Surgical Society serves to provide UT Health San Antonio students opportunities to learn about and experience the fields of general surgery and its subspecialties.

Additional Medical Student Programs

Simulation-Based Training Resources

Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation

The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation (JCSI) was created from collaborative efforts between the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), members of the J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society and the Johnson family in honor of Dr. Stewart M. ‘Skeet’ Johnson and Mr. Hugh M. Johnson.

Academic Program Administration





Ross Willis, Ph.D. Director of Educational Programs 210-567-5700
Eileen Kleffner General Surgery Residency Academic Coordinator 210-567-5711
Guiomar Garcia Vascular Surgery Fellowship Academic Coordinator 210-567-5711
Janis Strong Plastic Surgery Residency Academic Coordinator 210-567-6936
Debbie Schwartz Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Academic Coordinator 210-743-4155
Sabrina Hyde Medical Student Education Academic Program Coordinator 210-567-5700