We apply knowledge by having cutting-edge clinical care through the best faculty, staff, medical facilities, instrumentation and techniques in the world.
We impart knowledge by having our teachers provide the best educational experiences possible for our medical students, residents and fellows.
We discover knowledge by being the top-rated Department of Surgery in the country through extramural research activities that include National Institutes of Health (NIH), non-federal and corporate-supported projects.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Academic surgeons spend a great deal of time taking care of patients, performing research and developing innovative educational programs. The Department of Surgery has a fourth mission: to improve the diversity of our specialty as well as to improve the health equity of all the patients we serve.
INTEGRITY, EXAMPLE, ADVOCACY
The Department of Surgery faculty develops and exercises the skills of leadership in order to serve their professional, clinical and teaching communities. The hallmarks of our leadership include integrity, leadership by example, and advocacy of individuals and teams who work on behalf of our communities.
RESPECT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The Department of Surgery family holds itself accountable for the professional behaviors of its members. Consistent and effective communication, demonstration of respect for others, self-awareness, self-control and self-correction are expected of all.
ACADEMIC TRACK AND PROMOTION PROCESS
The Department of Surgery values and rewards each faculty member for individual and team achievements. Appointment to and advancement on a specific academic track supports the expertise and career focus of each individual faculty member. The Department of Surgery fosters consistent mentorship and transparency in the appointment and promotions processes as strategies for professional development.
THE ART OF TEACHING
The Department of Surgery believes that teaching is an essential experience for all faculty members and commits to encouraging, supporting and rewarding teaching excellence. Surgical education is valued as a career focus for those faculty members who advance the science of scholarship and the art of teaching.
PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY OF CARE
CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONSISTENCY
The Department of Surgery exists to respectfully serve patients. Their outcomes depend on the quality of care we deliver and the safety of our actions and of our environment. The Department of Surgery therefore commits to discovery, implementation, measurement and improvement of quality and safety above all.
OR SURGICAL CARE AND OPERATIONS
SAFE, EFFICIENT AND COMMITTED
The Department of Surgery is a national leader in surgical care in partnership with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other affiliated institutions. Together, we commit to the development of robust structures and efficient processes that support safe and efficient surgical care by all members of the surgical teams to best serve our patients and families.