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General Surgery

Joel Porter, M.D., Residency Director for the Department of Surgery

For early operative experience, Summa is the place. From day one, our residents have unique access to a high case volume – from the routine to complex. Summa residents quickly gain the technical skills and clinical judgment needed to become the primary surgeon.

Summa's residency program has a rich history with high standards of excellence in patient care, education and research.  Established in 1930, it is the oldest accredited surgical program in Ohio.  The culture here is truly unique, offering the academics of a high-caliber university program in a community-based setting.

The General Surgery residency program accepts four categorical residents per year.  The program also trains rotating residents from the interrelated specialties of Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Urology, and Family Practice, and supports a Minimally Invasive Fellowship program with one fellow per year.

With state-of-the-art technology, our residents get hands-on experience with tools such as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and PACS medical imaging. And in our personal and highly respected program, residents learn from some of the brightest minds in the surgical profession – all with a passion for teaching.

General Surgery Department 2014