Wayne State | Department of Surgery (313) 745-8778


About the Department

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery has a long and proud history of service, education, and research. That history was compiled in 2019 into a book, Wayne State University School of Medicine: 150 Years, 1868-2018.

The Department is comprised of sections in general surgery, surgical oncology, trauma, cardiothoracic, plastic, transplantation, pediatric, vascular, and minimally invasive surgery. The Department is home to more than 70 residents and fellows, taught by 47 full-time faculty and more than 90 clinical faculty. In addition, the surgical education of the 1,200 students in the Wayne State University School of Medicine is the Department’s responsibility.

The Department’s strengths and reputation rest on its tripartite base of clinical, education and research foci. Although outstanding clinical surgeons are its trademark, the research and education missions are equally outstanding. Did you know that the vast majority of Michigan surgeons trained here? And that it was our surgeons, in collaboration with engineers from General Motors, who researched and developed the world’s first successful heart pump?

With well over 10,000 feet of lab space, large and small animal labs, and access to state-of-the-art engineering facilities from atomic force microscopes to a Class 10/100 Clean Room in the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) Lab at the College of Engineering, our faculty and residents have unparalleled access to world-class medical/surgical/microbiological research facilities and equipment, all within a single campus.

Clinical Environment

The Department of Surgery of the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) operates primarily on the attractive and efficient Detroit Medical Center (DMC) campus in mid-town Detroit. The DMC is a 2,000-bed, 9-hospital system of which five are located on the central campus.The DMC mainly serves a the metropolitan Detroit area population of some four million people and is a major referral center for southeastern Michigan.

Brush Mall on DMC Central Campus, with Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the background

The Wayne State University School of Medicine campus, with its own extensive research facilities, is immediately adjacent to the DMC campus. With a multitude of specialty departments located on a single campus, faculty, residents, and students have extensive exposure to general and specialty surgery across a broad range of patients and conditions.

The DMC institutions are under one administrative umbrella and all of the surgery faculty appointments are made by the Department, which provides for a uniform philosophy of what constitutes surgical education among our hospitals.

The diverse backgrounds and interests of the surgical faculty enrich the residency in several ways:

  • First, the majority of the faculty are engaged in either basic or clinical research, or both, which adds greater depth to their teaching.
  • Second, most of our faculty have more than one clinical interest or subspecialty.
  • Third, the faculty are dedicated teachers.
  • Fourth, each of our hospitals where residents rotate has full-time surgical faculty primarily based at that institution.
  • Finally, the regional and national reputations and contacts of the faculty provide an extensive network, helping our residents with their plans after they have completed their training.

International Activities

We are especially proud that the Department is rapidly acquiring an international reputation and presence, through active educational and research collaborations with the Near and Middle East (especially Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt), India, and Brazil. In addition, the Department operates a surgical oncology telemedicine consultation service with client hospitals in Brazil.

This is a vibrant, state-of-the-art, and expanding department, pregnant with opportunity for the best and brightest faculty, residents, and students.

Contact Information

Department of Surgery
Harper University Hospital
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3990 John R. Detroit, MI 48201