Under the leadership of William E. Fisher, M.D., the division meets the surgical needs of the tens of thousands of patients visiting our affiliated hospitals each year from the Houston region and around the world.
At Ben Taub Hospital—a premier municipal facility that is one of the busiest level I trauma centers in Texas—Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., Chief of Staff; Frank Welsh, M.D., Director of the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit; and Bradford G. Scott, M.D., Chief of Trauma, lead a team of seven faculty surgeons that sees nearly 13,000 cases in the Ben Taub emergency trauma center annually. The use of nationally adopted surgical protocols, many first developed at Ben Taub, is the cornerstone of care for more than 3,000 of these emergency cases admitted annually. This iconic center serves approximately one million of the underserved in Houston, nearly a quarter of the entire population of Harris County.
At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC)—the primary healthcare provider for almost 130,000 veterans in Southeast Texas— Samir S. Awad, MD, Operative Care Line Executive and Chief of Surgery, leads a team of seven faculty surgeons whose skills have helped raise MEDVAMC to the rank of the most advanced of the VA’s 141 medical facilities in terms of clinical care, research, and trainee education.
At St. Luke’s Medical Center and at four other affiliated institutions, division surgeons perform procedures ranging from complex bariatric surgery to robotic abdominal operations. Each discipline combines clinical research with resident and student education while rendering clinical care.
As a result of the division’s clinical expertise and innovative research programs, patients receive specialized diagnostic assessment; access to the newest treatment modalities, including clinical trials of new pharmacologic therapies and emerging surgical techniques; and coordinated follow-up of their care at all of our clinical sites.