General surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery and urologic surgery began in the early 20th Century at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Over the past 50 years, surgical fields have become increasingly specialized, and today, the department provides care in a wide range of specialties represented by its divisions and sections. All divisions and sections are active in their fields’ research and offer a post-graduate residency/and or fellowship.

In 2010, the Division of Public Health Sciences was established to conduct world-leading research, education and outreach to prevent cancer and other diseases and promote population health. The division also seeks to improve quality of, and access to, health care in Missouri and beyond.

Our divisions and sections:

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Division of General Surgery:

Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic & GI Surgery

Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Section of Transplant Surgery

Section of Vascular Surgery

Division of Pediatric Surgery

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Division of Public Health Sciences

Division of Urologic Surgery