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Service descriptions


General Surgery - UHS: This is one of the general surgery services at University Hospital that primarily deals with biliary disease, hernias, pancreatic, colon, and other 'bread-and-butter' general surgery. PGY1, 2, 3, and 5 residents rotate on GS-UHS services. Faculty: (pictured, left to right) Drs. Admire, Dao, Kempenich, Logue, Schwesinger, Sirinek, and Van Sickle (Division Chief). The service shares call & cross-covers with endoscopy consults.
Photos General Surgery Westover Hills: Drs. Nguyen and Peterson perform gastric bypasses, lap nissens, lap inguinal and ventral hernia repairs, and other common general surgery cases. PGY4 residents rotate on this service. Share calls & cross-covers with GS-UHS.
General Surgery - Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center: A private rotation in the medical center, this is a rotation that will cover surgical cases performed by UTHSCSA surgeons Drs. Dao, Kempenich, Logue, Sirinek and Van Sickle. PGY2 and 5 residents rotate on this service. Rotation experience includes general surgery, colorectal surgery, and and about 40 kidney transplants/year. Home call.
General Surgery at VA Hospital ('GS-VA'): This service takes all surgical consults, performs all general and colorectal surgery at the VA and performs endoscopy. PGY1, 2, 3, and 5 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Drs. Abourjaily, Ledesma, Mayoral, Nicholl, and Perry (Division Chief). Shares call and cross-covers with GS-C at UH.
Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery ('GS-C'): Performs endocrine, head and neck, breast, and other surgical oncology cases at UHS. PGY1, 2, and 5 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Drs. Admire, Cruz, Jatoi (Division Chief), and Kitano. Shares call and cross-covers with GS-VA.
Trauma and Emergency Surgery ('GS-E') and Surgical Intensive Care Unit ('SICU'): GS-E is responsible for the ER surgery consults, any surgery required within 24 hours of admission (other than gallbladder disease which is managed by GS-UHS), and, of course, trauma. This service also covers the SICU, which is responsible for ventilator management, central line placement, PEG/trach, nutrition access and so forth. PGY1, 2, 3, and 4 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Cestero, Crane, Dent, Eastridge (Division Chief), Jenkins, Liao, McGinity, Mueller, Muir, Myers, Nicholson, Scherer, and Stewart.
Vascular surgery at University Hospital and the VA Hospital: Performs all open and endovascular surgery at UH and VA including dialysis access. PGY1,2, and 4 residents rotate on these services. Faculty: Drs. Davies (Division Chief), Haidar, Hicks, Sheehan, Shireman, Sideman, and Pounds. Vascular at UH shares call and cross-covers with vascular at VA.
Cardiothoracic at UH: This service performs CABG, valve replacement surgery, aortic reconstruction, heart and lung transplant and lung surgery (open and video assisted) as well as chest tube management for many services. This service is run by one CT resident along with PGY1 general surgery residents. Faculty: Drs. Calhoon (Department Chair), Carpenter, Chiscano, DeArmond, Husain, Johnson, and Sako.
Cardiothoracic at VA: Provides comprehensive surgical care for diseases involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and thoracic aorta. The VA Hospital is staffed by active duty military surgeons that also provide care at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. One PGY-2 General Surgery resident is on the rotation at a time. The service provides an opportunity to care for critically ill patients throughout the entire hospital stay with direct faculty supervision. Faculty: Drs. Eppinger and Helsel (not pictured).
Photos Skills Lab: A dedicated, 4-week skills lab rotation in which interns develop technical skills including suturing and knot-tying, laparoscopic camera navigation, central lines, intraosseous lines, airway management, code management, fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery, vascular and bowel anastomoses. PGY1s complete this rotation. Faculty: Dr. Willis and Dona Modrzynski with help from numerous faculty and research residents.
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Photos Pediatric Surgery: This rotation with 6 board certified pediatric surgeons provides a broad exposure to pediatric general surgery, including congenital abnormalities, pediatric oncology, non-cardiac thoracic surgery, childhood and adolescent gynecologic issues, as well as common pediatric issues. It is centered at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, with additional clinical exposure at Methodist Children's Hospital, University Hospital, and private practice offices. It includes PGY-1, 2, and 3 rotations. Faculty: Drs. Cofer, Doski, Kidd, Mitchell, Robertson and Thomas.
Transplant: Very busy transplant service (top 10 nationally for liver transplant volume) that primarily deals with liver and kidney transplant with occasional pancreas transplant. Also involves complex hepatobiliary cases. Good exposure to transplant ICU patients. PGY1, 2, and 5 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Drs. Abrahamian, Cigarroa, Esterl, Fritze, Halff (Division Chief), Jay, and Klair.
Methodist: This is a private practice rotation in the San Antonio Medical Center with the adjunct faculty at General Surgical Associates of San Antonio. This is a broad general surgery practice with many opportunities for advanced minimally invasive surgery cases. PGY2, PGY3, and PGY4 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Drs. Cardenas, Cheek, DeBerry, Gurwitz, Hollway, Lahourcade, Robinson, Shary, Vargas, Weakley, and Woodard.
Vascular at St. Luke's Hospital: PGY4 residents spend a month rotating with Dr. Toursarkissian (pictured right) and his private practice patients at St. Luke's Hospital.
Photos Regional Academic Health Center ('RAHC'): The RAHC is the UTHSCSA regional campus located in Harlingen, TX. Harlingen is a small town in deep South Texas in which residents get experience with surgery teams and patients in a rural setting. The private practices cover a wide array of general surgery including CT and vascular cases. PGY2 and PGY3 residents rotate on this service with Drs. Barba, Dhevan (not pictured), and Hilmy.
Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels: This is a private practice rotation in New Braunfels, TX. Located approximately 45 minutes North of San Antonio, New Braunfels is a relatively small town which gives residents experience with surgery teams and patients in a more rural setting. PGY4 residents rotate on this service. Faculty: Drs. Hickman and Rossbach (not pictured).
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