About Us

Cardiac surgeryThe Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is an academic surgery department with a threefold mission of providing advanced surgical care, conducting research, and training surgical residents and fellows.

The department is led by Timothy Eberlein, MD, the William K. Bixby Professor of Surgery and chairman, who also directs the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

As clinicians, our department’s surgeons provide care within five divisions – General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Urologic Surgery – that also serve as referral centers for their respective specialties. Our surgeons treat patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, three Siteman Cancer Center locations, and a number of community hospitals in St. Louis County and beyond.

Another division, dedicated to Public Health Sciences, contributes to research, education and outreach in its field with the goals of preventing disease, promoting health and improving quality and access to health care.

Our faculty members train residents and fellows (clinical and research) in every surgical specialty represented in the department. In research, the department consistently ranks among the top academic surgery departments in annual NIH, non-federal and corporate-supported grants.