Division of General Surgery

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Message from the Division Director

The Division of General Surgery at the University of South Florida is an active clinical and academic entity focusing on complex surgical care. We endeavor to provide optimal patient outcome, excellent education and innovative research through tertiary care services, general and digestive disorders surgery, and trauma care.

Our faculty's diversity and expertise in clinical and research areas stimulate and promote applications of novel therapies for complex situations. Some highlights of current activities are below. Our clinical efforts, focused on improving patient care, encompass a wide variety of services, including the following.

  • The trauma program runs Tampa General Hospital's Level I Trauma Center, seeing approximately 3,000 admissions per year, the majority a result of blunt trauma. Clinical and critical care on the emergency service is vigorous, providing superior care and exceptional training.
  • Beyond usual laparoscopy such as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a host of advanced laparoscopic procedures are regularly undertaken, including laparoscopic Nissen fundoplications, laparoscopic Heller myotomies, and laparoscopic gastric bypasses. In addition, our advanced laparoscopic skills allow us to pursue, when needed, a variety of more unusual procedures, such as laparoscopic nephrectomy and laparoscopic adrenalectomy.
  • Complex surgical procedures such as pancreatic resections, portasystemic shunting, esophageal resections, and liver resections are performed frequently on the surgical service. Because of the frequency of unusual operations, we are better equipped to provide advanced care to patients with uncommon situations. Scholarly productivity and presentations at national meetings occur regularly.
  • The colorectal service addresses the clinical care of difficult and chronic colorectal problems. Diversity and complexity of clinical care seen on this service provide an outstanding patient care and clinical experience
  • An ever-expanding bariatric service is offering more patients a variety of weight-reduction therapies. The service coordinates the specialized care required for these patients from initial visits through ongoing support groups.

Whether teaching medical students at the university, educating residents on rounds, sharing findings with colleagues or offering continuing medical education courses to community providers, our faculty are engaged in and dedicated to the daily teaching opportunities afforded by academic medicine. The division also has fellowship programs in Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric GI Surgery, and Colorectal Surgery. In addition, the division hosts a dozen students (high school to graduate school) each summer in internships to help introduce them to and interest them in careers in medicine and medical research.

Our growing research achievements continue to reflect our clinical focus and to improve our services. Numerous clinical research protocols, in both pharmacologic and surgical applications, are ongoing. Multiple clinical databases prove invaluable to clinical outcomes research and longitudinal studies. And, through our basic science work we bring investigative innovations to the clinical forefront, providing the therapies of tomorrow to our patients today. Special recognition has been achieved by many of our clinical programs, augmented by our basic science and scholarly work, and the division boasts a significant number of peer-reviewed publications.

As we continue to grow over the coming years, we are committed to pursuing excellence in patient care, education and research, but exceptional patient care remains our primary goal and interest. If you are interested in our programs or have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Vic Velanovich
Director, Division of General Surgery
USF College of Medicine