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.
Leah Jensen, MD, and Jorge Zarate Rodriguez, MD, are residents in the General Surgery program. 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.
Leah Jensen, MD
Jensen is a PGY-1 General Surgery resident. After studying neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, Jensen earned her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine. Among her many research interests, Jensen has worked testing novel treatment options for ALS disease. In her inter year, Jensen has come to appreciate late-night conversations with her fellow residents on the night shift.
Jorge Zarate Rodriguez, MD
Zarate Rodriguez is a PGY-3 General Surgery resident. He studied biology and political science at a New York University program based in Abu Dhabi prior to earning his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine. Zarate Rodriguez is working with Dominic Sanford, MD, in the section of HPB-GI Surgery, focusing on pancreatic cancer.
Zarate Rodriguez was recently featured by the Latino Surgical Society, an organization established in 2017 to nurture and support the advancement of Latinx surgeons throughout the United States, and to motivate, mentor, and inspire the under-represented in medicine, medical students and residents who wish to pursue careers in surgery.