Under the leadership of William E. Fisher, M.D., the Division of General Surgery 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.

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.

To schedule an appointment, call (713) 798-2262 or visit our healthcare site.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

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credit: Scott HolmesAcute Care Surgeons Dr. Robert Southard, Dr. Drew Davis, Dr. S. Rob Todd and Dr. Claire Ozaki.

Specialty services brought to Baylor St. Luke's by Baylor surgeons include a new endocrine surgery section led by Dr. James W. Suliburk, and the bariatric surgery programs led by Dr. Carlos Galvani, and Dr. Juliet Holder-Haynes, respectively.

The latter are deploying advanced upper and lower abdominal robotic procedures, all newly offered at Baylor St. Luke's.

Closed-unit acute care surgery, introduced to Baylor St. Luke's by Dr. Robert E. Southard, represents another major advancement of the Baylor St. Luke's surgical program spearheaded by the division.

Ben Taub Hospital

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credit: Scott HolmesBen Taub Hospital

Major reorganization of our surgical programs is also underway at Ben Taub Hospital, the cornerstone of our training program and outreach to our community.

Led by Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox, chief-of-staff, and Dr. S. Rob Todd, chief of general surgery and director of the Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center, Ben Taub continues to extend its decades-long status as one of the busiest level I trauma centers in the US—over 13,000 trauma patients and 3,000 acute care admissions annually.

This iconic center, which serves approximately one million of the underserved in Houston, nearly a quarter of the entire population of Harris County, is undergoing a unprecedented expansion of its faculty and acute care surgery programs, and is leading efforts for coordinated trauma services across the CHI Houston Network.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

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credit: Scott HolmesA view of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as seen from the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center

Surgery services at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, the primary healthcare provider for almost 130,000 veterans in Southeast Texas, continue to denote leadership across the VA system – both in volume and quality.

Under the supervision of Dr. Samir S. Awad, operative care line executive and chief of surgery, the division’s seven surgeons have led the MEDVAMC to its ranking as the most advanced of the VA’s 141 medical centers. Emblematic of these efforts, the program recently received a national Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Initiative Grant, funding fellowship training in Lean Management.

Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center

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In opening the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, the College is building on its history of innovative patient care and centralizing its attention on what is best for the community.

The Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center provides a full complement of surgical and medical services, beginning with orthopedic surgery; urology; gastroenterology and hepatology; and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

David Berger, M.D., M.H.C.M., vice chair of the Department of Surgery, has been instrumental in designing the facility and its clinical care processes. As chief medical officer, he will be responsible for developing a high-quality, safety-focused, cost effective, and integrated clinical program at the McNair Campus. He will also help establish the oversight committees, quality controls, and practice improvement resources necessary for the facility to function as a high-reliability organization.

Through partnerships with experts in hospital operations brought to the McNair campus from throughout the country, the goal is to develop the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center into a state-of-the-art facility that will truly reflect the cutting edge of patient care.