Residency Program Overview

Residency Program Overview

Cleveland Clinic General Surgery Residency

Cleveland Clinic's General Surgery Residency Program welcomes your interest in training here. This is a five-year, fully accredited, non-pyramidal program with 10 categorical positions per year, with the option of additional dedicated research or career development time. Our commitment is to train young surgeons to a high level of clinical, academic, and systems competence, becoming professional leaders throughout their career in this rapidly changing field.

Educational opportunities include patient evaluation and management, critical decision making, operative skills, clinical research, residency and hospital administration, medical student teaching, and a structured teaching program and conferences, providing our residents with a superior general surgery residency program.

These elements are the basis of the program with a large Surgical Staff with diverse clinical, research, and administrative expertise and interests. General Surgery continues to change and evolve with increased understanding of pathophysiology, enhanced technologies, and multi-disciplinary approaches to improving treatment outcomes. Our department is at the forefront of these advances, with a commitment to educate our residents become leaders in their chosen field.

We believe our Residency Program offers outstanding training which will equip you to practice the art and science of surgery.

Residency Program Leadership

Conor Delaney, MD, PhD

Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Chair, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

R. Matthew Walsh, MD

R. Matthew Walsh, MD
Chair, Department of General Surgery

Jeremy Lipman

Jeremy Lipman, MD
Program Director, General Surgery

Steven Rosenblatt, MD

Steven Rosenblatt, MD
Associate Program Director

Tony Capizzani, MD

Tony Capizzani, MD
Interns Director

John Rodriguez, MD

John Rodriguez, MD
Associate Program Director

Judith French, PhD

Judith French, PhD
Surgical Educator

Clinical Training & Conferences

Clinical Training & Conferences


Our training philosophy is to involve the entire team, especially residents, in patient care at all times – pre-operative decision making in the clinic or in consultation, in the operating room, and during post-operative care. Experience is gained by operating on skill appropriate cases at our high volume quaternary care hospital, community hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers. Leadership is developed by conferring a high level of responsibility early in the training program with progressive autonomy and responsibility. The most senior resident on a service is charged with assigning operative cases to residents and fellows, ensuring an optimal experience that is tailored to each resident.

Surgery Simulation

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Multidisciplinary Simulation has laparoscopy, flexible endoscopy, and endovascular surgery simulators, in addition to being a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery training and testing site. Residents have 24 hours access to the sim-lab. The Stanley Shalom Zielony Simulation and Team Training Labs are also available for simulation sessions arranged for residents every 3 months, including ICU and trauma mock scenarios with Harvey the cardiopulmonary patient.

Night Float/Call Format

The main hospital has a night float system. This format allows all team members operate in skill appropriate cases, providing longitudinal care of patients, and dedicate time to research projects, leadership positions, and knowledge base development. When not on night-float, junior residents typically take call two weekends per month and senior residents take call about once a week. We adhere to the ACGME work hour regulations including 80-hour work week and average of one day off per week averaged over the month.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Each week the chief residents electronically report cases for the M&M conference. The conference faculty moderator selects cases for presentation based on their teaching merit, and moderates the discussion. The resident who operated on the patient presents the case, focusing on the clinical decision making, why the complication occurred, how the case could have been managed differently, and a review of the relevant literature. The focus of the conference is improving clinical decision making to improve patient care. Each hospital holds its own M&M conference.

Grand Rounds

These hour seminars, teaching rounds, and lunch discussions are given by invited faculty and visitors. These presentations are aimed to faculty and residents to promote surgical learning. Presentations are on a broad range of topics, including clinical topic updates, world health, surgical history, etc.

Cleveland Clinic Conferences

Our residents may attend high-level, multidisciplinary conferences taught by our world-renowned faculty aimed at practicing digestive, vascular, oncologic and endocrine disease specialists. These combine clinical management updates by thought leaders, hands-on skills development, and quality and patient safety developments.

PGY-1 Fundamentals of Surgery Seminar Series

Residents arrive as PGY-1’s with a range of knowledge and clinical experience. All General Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Integrated Vascular, Cardiothoracic and Plastics Surgery residents have a year long curriculum with weekly reading topics and didactic seminars. Chairman’s rounds also occurs during this time once a month.

PGY-2-PGY-5 Conference

Every Wednesday after M&M conference, all PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents attend a three hour educational conference involving lectures by staff, case presentations by a senior resident, and journal articles presented by junior residents. The curriculum for this conference takes place on a two-year revolving schedule based on the SCORE curriculum. Simulation lab training and Ponsky’s rounds also occur during this time. This is protected education time where all residents are excused from their clinical responsibilities.

Service Specific Conferences

Each service holds its own conference (weekly) and journal clubs (monthly). Journal clubs are normally held at restaurants.

Mock Orals

Several mock orals are held throughout the year. These are rotation specific and level appropriate. Residents of all levels undergo mocks oral in preparation for board exams. Dr David Krpata holds a weekly mock oral prepping where two residents are selected to practice in each session.

Mentorship Program

Each trainee, upon entrance to our program, is assigned a faculty mentor. This staff-member will facilitate the trainee’s integration into Cleveland Clinic and assist them throughout their time here. Trainees meet with their mentors at least twice a year to go over their milestones, evaluations, progress and accomplishments. Many mentors and trainees develop research collaborations and discuss career goals, job placements and personal issues.

Administrative Experience

Residents have the opportunity to participate in administrative roles very early on their path through the program. Two administrative Chiefs Residents are elected by the program administration to assist in the day-to-day administration of activities of the program, including rotation schedule, call schedule, education improvements, etc. In addition, residents have the opportunity to hold membership in the department’s education committee, residency recruitment committee, research committee, intern orientation, quality improvement committee, serve as the medical student liaison and help organize social events.

Rotations & Teams

Rotations & Teams


Sample Rotations

PGY-1 (4 weeks)

Acute Care Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Night Float
Colorectal Surgery
Bariatric Surgery
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Endocrine Surgery
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
Fairview Vascular Surgery
Hillcrest General Surgery
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Liver Transplant
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery
Vascular Surgery

PGY-2 (4 weeks)

Acute Care Surgery
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Breast Surgery*
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview ICU
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
Fairview Vascular
Hillcrest General Surgery
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Intestinal Transplant
Main Campus CVICU or SICU
Metro Trauma/ICU
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Plastic Surgery

PGY-3 (5 weeks)

Acute Care Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Night Float*
Bariatric Surgery*
Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy
Colorectal Surgery
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Hillcrest General Surgery
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery*

PGY-4 (5 weeks)

Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy*
Endocrine Surgery*
Fairview Colorectal/Bariatrics/Thoracic
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma
HPB/Surgical Oncology
Liver Transplant*
Metro Trauma*
Thoracic Surgery
Vascular Surgery*

PGY-5 (5 weeks)

Acting Colorectal Fellow*
Acute Care Surgery*
Fairview General Surgery/Trauma*
Fairview Vascular*
Hillcrest General Surgery*
HPB/Surgical Oncology*
MIS/Hernia/General Surgery*


Surgical Teams

Main Campus

Rotation Team
Henderson (Surgical Oncology) PGY5, PGY2
Hermann (HPB/Surgical Oncology) PGY5, PGY4, PGY1, F
Esselstyn/G. Crile (Endocrine) PGY4, PGY1, F
Steiger (MIS/Hernia) PGY5, PGY2, PA
Grundfest (MIS/Hernia) PGY5, PGY3, PGY1, F, PA
Hoerr (MIS/Bariatrics/Surgical Endoscopy) PGY4, PGY3, PGY2/1, F, PA
Team V-Bariatrics PGY3, PGY1, F
Acute Care Surgery-Days PGY5, PGY3, 2x-PGY1
Acute Care Surgery Nights PGY3, 3x-PGY1
Firor (Pediatric Surgery) PGY3, 2x-PGY1
B. Crile (Breast) PGY2, F
Fung (Liver Transplant) PGY4, PGY1, F
Multivisceral Transplant PGY2, PA, F

Community Hospital Teams

Rotation Team
Hillcrest (General Surgery) PGY5, PGY3, 2x-PGY2, PGY1
Fairview Red (Vascular) PGY5, PGY2, PGY1
Fairview Blue (Colorectal/Bariatrics/Breast/Thoracic) PGY4, PGY3, PGY2, PGY1
Fairview Green (General Surgery/Trauma) PGY5, PGY4, PGY2, PGY1
Fairview SICU PGY2


What opportunities are there for electives both inside and outside Cleveland Clinic?
All PGY-3s, 4s and 5s have a designated block of elective time. This time may be used for additional exposure to one of the core rotations at the main campus or community hospitals. Alternatively, this time may be used to pursue other interests including cardiac surgery, plastic surgery or kidney and pancreas transplant. Electives at outside institutions are also possible.

What is the surgical volume for your residents upon graduation?
The average case number of graduating residents is between 1,100-1,200 cases. Additional, they graduate with an average of 120 upper and lower endoscopies.

Where do the residents live?
Cleveland’s housing is an advantage of the city since it is very affordable with a resident’s salary. About half of the residents own a house or condo. Most live on the east side, in nearby neighborhoods such as Cleveland Heights, University Heights or Beachwood. The downtown area is also popular for apartments living. Fewer residents live in the west side by Westlake.

How many residents are in your program?
We are approved for 10 categorical residents per year for five clinical years. A varying number of our categorical residents take additional dedicated time for research or professional development. Additionally, we are approved for 9 PGY-1 non-designated preliminary residents and 4 PGY-2 non-designated preliminary residents.

What are you looking for in an applicant?
We are looking for outstanding individuals to immerse in a high volume surgical environment that offers high quality, scientifically advanced care in an economically savvy environment. We seek the most promising surgeons as demonstrated by leadership abilities, academic productiveness, knowledge base, and positive personal qualities among applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Who makes up the PGY-1 surgery class?
Our PGY-1 class is made up of PGY-1 General Surgery residents, Integrated Vascular, Cardio Thoracic and Plastics Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic, ENT, and Non-Designated Preliminary Surgery residents. There is a different set of rotations across the subspecialties for each resident group designed to meet the learning needs of each specialty.

What is your application process?
Cleveland Clinic has minimum requirements for resident application and employment, all of which are required in the standard ERAS application. We have no secondary application form. Applications are reviewed and a selected group is offered on-site interviews.

What are your NRMP program codes?
Categorical General Surgery 1968440C0
Non-Designated Preliminary Surgery 1968440P0

When are interviews held?
Interviews are held between October and January. Interview dinner is held the night before the interview to give a chance to the interviewees to talk to current residents and learn about the program. Interview day starts at 7am and are done after lunch.

Cleveland Clinic is a large facility, how do I find my way around?
While Cleveland Clinic has a large campus, it is easily walkable from the visitor parking garages and the two on campus hotels: the InterContinental Hotel and the InterContinental Suites. The General Surgery offices are on the tenth floor of the A building (desk A100). Additionally, there is a mobile app with directions, Cleveland Clinic today.

What are your resident employment benefits?
Residents are Cleveland Clinic employees with standardized salaries and other benefits.

What opportunities are at Cleveland Clinic for my significant other?
Cleveland Clinic is the largest private employer in Northeast Ohio with over 39,000 employees. We have myriad training programs for physiciansbiomedical researchers, and employment opportunities for physiciansresearchersnursesphysician assistants, pharmacists, allied health professionals, business professionals, information technology professionals, and other fields. The House Staff Spouse Association is a social and support organization for the spouses and significant others of residents.

Current Residents

Current Residents


Alicia Adams — University of California, San Francisco
Bess Connors — University of Michigan
Aldo Fafaj — The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton, PA)
Alexander Gibbons — Case Western Reserve University
Sami Judeeba — King Abdul Aziz University (Saudi Arabia)
Robert Naples — Ohio University
Danny Orabi — Wayne State
Justin Philip — Thomas Jefferson University
Valery Vilchez — Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela)
Samuel Zolin — University of Pittsburgh


Paul Adenuga — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dominykas Burneikis — University of Colorado School of Medicine
Talia Burneikis — University of Colorado School of Medicine
Matthew Burstein — Baylor College of Medicine
Monica Isabella — Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Joshua Landreneau — University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Julia Muntean — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Lisa Park — Albany Medical College
Maryna Sohrabi — The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Andrew Tang — Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine


Jessica Ardila Gatas — Universidad Central de Venezuela Escuela Luis Razetti (Venezuela)
Nicholas Bruns — Rush Medical College
Colin Gause — University of Maryland School of Medicine
Charlotte Horne — St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (Grand Cayman)
Georgios Karagkounis — University of Athens (Greece)
Marijan Koprivanac — University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Maitham Moslim — University of Damascus (Syria)
Ahmed Nassar — University of Alexandria (Egypt)
Antonios Sideris — University of Athens (Greece)
Voranaddha Vacharathit — Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Mohammad Ali Abbass — University of Damascus (Syria)
Amelia Dorsey — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Emil Fernando — Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Ramona Ilie — Universitatea de Medicina Si Farmacie Carol Davila (Romania)
Daniel Joyce — Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland)
Hari Keshava — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Yitian Liu — Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
S. Julie-Ann Lloyd — Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Hideo Takahashi — Kobe University (Japan)
Jinglian Yan — Indiana University School of Medicine


Anas Abdelazim — Cairo University School of Medicine (Egypt), Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Djurabek Babadjanov — Tashkent Medical Institute (Uzbekistan), Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University of Vermont Medical Center
Julietta Chang — Washington University School of Medicine, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Matthew Davis — Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Duke University
Kathryn Fong — University at Buffalo, SUNY School of Medicine, Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Adam Mace — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Admin Chief), Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
Trang Nguyen — Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Admin Chief), Surgical Oncology Fellowship at John Wayne Cancer Institute
June Peng — Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Jacob Petrosky — University of Kansas School of Medicine, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Geisinger Health System
David Reznick — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Endocrine Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic


Charlie Blackshear — University of California, San Francisco
Stem cell biology, non-coding RNA and tissue engineering, Hagey Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine - Stanford University School of Medicine

Deepa Cherla — UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
Hernia-Related Clinical Outcomes Research, University of Texas (Houston)

Jennifer Colvin — Ohio State University College of Medicine
Surgical Outcomes Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic

Xiaoxi Feng — Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Surgical Outcomes Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic

Ian Glenn — Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
Pediatric Surgery Clinical Research, Akron Children's Hospital

Kaitlin Ritter — Drexel University College of Medicine
Trauma/Critical Care Research, MetroHealth System

Andrew Strong — Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Minimally Invasive and Surgical Endoscopy Clinical Research, Cleveland Clinic

Preliminary Program

We are approved for 9 PGY-1 non-designated preliminary residents and 4 PGY-2 non-designated preliminary residents. We have a diverse group of preliminary residents including both US graduates and International Medical Graduates. Most of our non-designated preliminary residents continue onwards to complete an ACGME accredited program on a variety of specialties, including: General Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, PMNR, etc.


Muhammad Afzaal —King Edward Medical College (Pakistan)
Cigdem Benlice — Istanbul Universitesi (Turkey)
Emre Bucak —Istanbul Universitesi (Turkey)
Mohammed Elshamy — Ain Shams University (Egypt)
Olga Lavryk — National Medical University (Ukraine)
Salvador Navarrete — Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela)
Aram Pedram — Islamic Azad University (Iran)
Basem Soliman — University of Asyut (Egypt)


Jin Woo Chung — Yosei University (South Korea)
Eniola Fagbongbe — The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alumni Career Pathways

Alumni Career Pathways

Congratulations to our 2016 graduating residents on their fellowships and staff placements


Avery Capone Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Harvard Plastic Surgery 
Matthew Dong
Minimally Invasive Surgery – Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 
Priya Jadeja
Breast Surgery – Columbia University Medical Center
Kelsey Larson
Breast Surgical Oncology - Cleveland Clinic 
Michael Liu
Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jay Mittal Surgical Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic 
Jeffrey Mino

Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic

Rosebel Monteiro

Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic 

Naftali Presser
Abdominal Organ Transplant – University of California, Los Angeles 
Jeh Yung
Private Practice – Redlands, CA

Postgraduate placement 2006-2017

  • 94 total graduates
  • 80 (85%) to fellowship
  • 14 (15%) to practice
  • 27 (32%) stay at CCF


Naveen Balasundaram Vascular Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Osama Essa General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Alfredo Daniel Guerron Minimally Invasive Surgery – Duke University
Jesse Gutnik Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic (2015-2016)
Minimally Invasive Surgery - Duke University (2016-2017)
Billy Lan Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jose Lozada Trauma and Critical Care – Jackson Health System University of Miami
Neal Moores Plastic Surgery – University of Utah
Mihir Shah Minimally Invasive Surgery – Emory University
Sherief Shawki Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Subash Reddy Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of California, San Francisco Fresno


Gavin Falk Pediatric Surgery – Miami Children's Health System
Ronald Charles Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Shohrat Annaberdyev Colorectal Surgery – Florida Hospital
Samir Shah Vascular Surgery – Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sofya Asfaw Trauma and Critical Care – University of Pennsylvania
Robert Cornateanu Trauma and Critical Care – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Joshua Nash Trauma and Critical Care – Cook County Health and Hospital System
Amy Hiuser Plastic Surgery – SUMMA Health System
Samilia Obeng-Gyasi Master in Public Health – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2014-2015) | Breast Surgery – Duke University (2015-2016)
Nishant Raj General Surgery Staff – Private Practice


John Rodriguez Flexible Surgical Endoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Neil Kundu Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Omer Nasir Colorectal Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
Hue Thai Vascular Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
Jean Pierre Martucci Melo Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of Illinois Chicago
Isaac Motamarry Minimally Invasive Surgery – University of Florida
Viet Phuong Minimally Invasive Surgery – Carolinas Healthcare Sysem
Christian Cruz General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Samuel Ibrahim General Surgery Staff – Cleveland Clinic


Vikram Attaluri Colorectal Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jessica Titus Vascular Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Louisa Chiu Surgical Oncology – City of Hope Cancer Center
Sam Bae Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery – University of Southern California
Kevin Shah Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Duke University
Nicole Sydow Cardiothoracic Surgery – University of Arizona
Amit Sharma Colorectal Surgery – University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Jose Roberto Ramirez Plastic Surgery – Vanderbilt Center of Plastic Surgery
Angel Farinas General Surgery Staff – Private Practice


Kalman Bencsath Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Nakul Vakil Cardiothoracic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Michael Tsinberg Endocrine Surgery – University of California, San Francisco
George Cristescu General Surgery Staff – Private Practice
Richy Lee Pediatric Surgery – University of Calgary
Aaron Moore Surgical Critical Care – University of Pittsburgh
John Bach Surgical Critical Care – Ohio State University
Kevin El-Hayek Surgical Endoscopy & Laparoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Alexander Chang Vascular Surgery – University Hospitals Case Medical Center


Suzanne Brooks Breast Surgery – Massachusetts General Hospital
William Abouhassan Craniofacial Surgery & Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic & University of Cincinnati
Christian Massier General Surgery Staff – Cleveland Clinic
Justin Burdick General Surgery Staff – United States Navy
Sheetal Nijhawan Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgery – University of California, San Diego
David Lee Laparoscopy & Bariatric Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
George Rofaiel Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery – University of Washington
Angelina Postoev Surgical Critical Care – Ohio State University
Max Liebl Vascular Surgery – Southern Illinois University


Amara Malik Breast Surgery – University of California, San Francisco
Werner Andrade Ortiz Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – University of South Florida
Travis Mason General Surgery Staff – United States Army
Kara Schultz General Surgery Staff – United States Air Force
Mohammed Alghoul Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic


Michael Johnson Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Jason Klovning Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery – Emory University
Poornima Rao Surgical Oncology – Fox Chase Cancer Center
Sherif Abdel Misih Surgical Oncology – Ohio State University


Kevin Rothchild Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery – University of Colorado
Lewis Diulus General Surgery Staff – United States Navy
Matthew Kroh Surgical Endoscopy & Laparoscopy – Cleveland Clinic
Ravi Rajani Vascular Surgery & Surgical Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic & Emory University


Ikemma Okereke Cardiothoracic Surgery – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carolyn Garner Endocrine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Rich Mackey Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Peter Kreymerman Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic
Staff Surgeons

Staff Surgeons

Residency Program Leadership

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction / General Surgery

Breast Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Colorectal Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Endocrine Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Surgical Oncology

Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Surgery

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Minimally Invasive and General Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital

Pediatric Surgery

Surgical Endoscopy

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

Vascular Surgery

Main Campus

Fairview Hospital

  • Eduardo Corso, MD
  • Basem Droubi, MD
  • Daniel McLaughlin, MD
  • Locations


    Physicians at all locations are part of the Cleveland Clinic General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, or Colorectal Surgery Departments except for the MetroHealth Medical Center where the Level I trauma rotations are done.

    Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

    • Founded in 1921 by George Crile Sr., a general and endocrine surgeon; Frank Bunts, a neurosurgeon; William Lower, an urologist; and John Phillips, an internist.
    • 44 buildings, over 85 operating rooms, more than 1,400 beds.
    • Quaternary care center with an international referral base.
    • 202,190 Surgical Cases in 2013.

    Fairview Hospital

    • Fairview Hospital is a busy community hospital and Level 2 Trauma Center on Cleveland’s west side. General Surgery Residents operate on all General, Colorectal, Breast, Endovascular, and Vascular Surgery cases and run the SICU and Trauma team.
    • 488 beds.
    • $83 million dollar expansion of emergency department and ICU in 2013.

    Hillcrest Hospital

    • Hillcrest Hospital is a busy community hospital and Level 2 Trauma Center on Cleveland’s east side.
    • 496 beds.
    • $163 million dollar expansion and renovation in 2010.

    Metro Health Medical Center

    • MetroHealth Medical Center is an academic health system, the regional Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, and the regional safety net hospital on Cleveland’s south side.
    • MetroHealth Medical Center’s staff surgeons are all professors at Case Western Reserve University Medical School.
    • The Trauma Service has two teams, one run by a Cleveland Clinic General Surgery PGY-4 resident and the other run by a University Hospitals Case Medical Center General Surgery PGY-4 resident. The Trauma ICU is run by one PGY-2 resident from the Cleveland Clinic and one PGY-2 from University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

    Beachwood, Strongsville, Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Centers

    • Beachwood, Strongsville, Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Centers are ambulatory surgery centers staffed by Cleveland Clinic main campus, Hillcrest and Fairview surgeons. Residents perform endoscopy and operate on General and Breast Surgery cases in a fast track surgery environment.
    Fellowships Visiting Resident Application

    Visiting Resident Application

    Thank you for your interest in rotating with the Department of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

    All applications must be submitted by April 15 to assure placement in the coming academic year.

    Please complete the following 2 forms to apply for a spot as a visiting resident:

    Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate all requests. Final rotation dates will only be provided by our office. Please direct any questions to Janine Keough (

    Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you.



    Contact Us

    General Surgery Residency

    Janine Keough
    Fax: 216.445.7653

    Lisa Paciorek Donkin
    Residency Coordinator

    Jennifer Mocsiran
    Residency Coordinator
    Medical Student Surgical Education Coordinator

    Graduate Medical Education

    Main Office
    Fax: 216.444.6112

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