Our education area continues its own growth in our goal to train the general surgery and surgery specialist leaders of the future. Under the leadership of our education vice chair Dr. Bradford Scott along with a dedicated education administrative team, we have since 2014 added a ninth categorical position in our general surgery residency, integrated residencies in both vascular surgery and thoracic surgery, and a “thoracic track” to complement our thoracic surgery training program. In addition to an array of other new elective rotation training options, we have also added an extremely popular community-based general surgery rotation in Colorado Springs through our national hospital affiliate. This rotation has been so successful that two of our graduating residents have accepted medical staff positions in this program. While maintaining balance with the training needs of our general surgery residents, we have also expanded program development in our Texas Medical Board fellowships including aortic surgery, cardiac transplant, general thoracic, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and cardiovascular surgery.
Perhaps most dramatically, our Global Surgery Residency track, conceived and first developed in 2015 by Dr. Rachel Davis when she was a junior general surgery resident, now stands as the only such NRMP-listed track in the United States. This seven-year program within our general surgery residency has grown to include six residents who treat the underserved abroad and in rural domestic settings while also studying global health at the WHO and other international agencies.
While we take great pride in these highlights of our growth, we are most excited by the advancement of a Just Culture in our department. Reflecting our horizontally oriented, “servant leadership” model, we strive to ensure that all voices are heard in our department, and the interests and concerns of all are respected. By example, our Social Equity Committee, led by Dr. Michele Loor, was formed in 2019 to bring faculty and trainees together with department leadership to explore issues of professional access and equity. Our Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Council, led by Holly Clayton, PA-C, Michelle Kelly, PA-C, and Charrika Williams, NP, works to advance the inclusion of our APPs as integral members of our faculty. Our newly constituted Resident Council likewise provides a “seat at the table” for our executive chief and resident class representatives.
With the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, the Ben Taub Hospital, and the Texas Children’s Hospital standing as leading institutions in our health care community, we are confident and excited for the future of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. We look forward to the great changes awaiting the future of surgery, and we plan and expect to help lead the journey to that future.
Todd K. Rosengart, M.D.
Chair, Department of Surgery