Teaching tomorrow's surgeons

In collaboration with the University of Vermont Health Network, the Department of Surgery strives to recruit and retain the best faculty members to train our medical students.  The Department provides surgical services and training at the University of Vermont Health Network and is proud to be an integral part of this high quality, cost efficient health care center.  Our mission is to provide excellent patient care, superb resident and medical student training, and to foster research and innovation.   



From the entering novice medical student to the most experienced practitioner, the educational contribution of our department significantly and positively impacts the quality of care throughout Vermont and the areas throughout the country where our graduates practice. The major focus of our educational programs lies in Medical Student Education, Resident Education, Continuing Medical Education and Skills Labs.



A broad spectrum of activities are directed toward improving the quality of our patient care and toward developing novel, innovative therapies. Through investigator-initiated trials, as well as national cooperative group, and industry-funded trials, department faculty are able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments not otherwise available.

Department Highlights

Matt Alef (Vascular Surgery) recently teamed up for a collaboration with Drs. Mary Cushman (Medicine) and Neil Zakai (Medicine) to submit the grant, “Understanding and Treating Venous Leg Ulcers.” 

Brian Sprague, PhD, Division of Surgical Research, was awarded a Health Services Research Pilot Grant from the Larner College of Medicine, for his proposal, “Evaluation of a cancer risk assessment questionnaire to guide cancer screening decision-making in primary care.”

Bruce Leavitt, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery) and a team of 10 from UVM, are part of Team Heart, a nonprofit focused on bringing cardiac care to people in Rwanda.  Watch the WCAX segment

Departmental News

Brady speaks with NBC5 about Eclipse Watching Safety

August 15, 2017 by Michelle Bookless

Leading up to the eclipse on August 21, Dr. Christpher Brady, MD, an ophthalmologist and assistant professor of surgery at UVM's Larner College of Medicine spoke with NBC5 about appropriate safety glasses for taking in the event without damaging your eyes.

Students, faculty, and staff safely view the eclipse on August 21, 2017

(AUGUST 15, 2017) In the midst of "eclipse mania," UVM Larner College of Medicine assistant professor of surgery and ophthalmologist, Christopher Brady, MD, spoke with local NBC affiliate MyNBC5 about safe strategies for taking in the eclipse on August 21. On August 15, 2017, he explained the dangers of inappropriate or lack of specialized glasses when taking in the natural phenomenon. Watch the full interview here and read Dr. Brady's blog here.

Upcoming Events

Surgery Grand Rounds is held every Thursday during the academic year (September - June) in the Davis Auditorium from 7:30-8:30 am followed by M&M Conference from 8:30-9:30 am.

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