Meet the Residents: Erin Andrade, MD, MPH, and Affan Zafar, MD

Residents in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are part of an academic program with diverse surgical training, strong research opportunities and mentors who are national leaders in their fields.

With residency programs in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery, residents in every specialty have access to world-class training. What makes each of these programs truly special is the community and camaraderie.

Get to know the residents in the Department of Surgery’s residency programs, why they chose Washington University School of Medicine for their surgical training and what it’s like to be a resident in St. Louis.

Erin Andrade, MD, MPH

Andrade is a PGY-3 General Surgery Resident who also attended Washington University as an undergraduate, designing her own major in Global Health and Social Justice. “Look for a place that makes you feel at home,” Andrade suggests. “Residency is hard, so finding your people makes the 5-7 years a lot more enjoyable.”

The Washington University General Surgery Residency is a five-year program, providing residents an amazing depth and breadth of clinical experience, the flexibility and personalization to create customized training, and a welcoming family of faculty and trainees.

Affan Zafar, MD

Zafar is a PGY-5 Urology Resident. Originally from Jasper, Texas, Zafar studied Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University before attending medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Zafar’s research interests include bladder cancer and urinary diversion. In his free time, Zafar takes advantage of the outdoor activities St. Louis has to offer: running and cycling in Forest Park, visiting state parks and hiking trails.

The Washington University Urology Residency is a five-year program, including an intern year of rotations through the core program in General Surgery and four years of urology training. The program seeks to train outstanding physicians for careers in urology through the expertise of its fellowship-trained faculty, high clinical volume and diversity of cases, and a spirit of inquiry in research.