General Surgery

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General Surgery surgical procedures cover the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care. Our team is guided by our core principles for patient-driven care: accountability for outcomes, respect for individuals, commitment to constant improvement, and responsibility for cost-effectiveness.

Representing the major disciplines of General Surgery, our divisions and the types of conditions they treat include:

  • The Division of Acute Care Surgery (Critical Care, Trauma, Burn, and Non Trauma Emergency) treats major trauma and burns, in addition to managing emergency surgery and critical care services. Michigan Medicine has a Level 1 Trauma Burn Verified Center that provides the highest quality care for critically injured patients. 
  • The Division of Colorectal Surgery uses open and laparoscopic techniques and a multidisciplinary approach to treat benign and malignant conditions of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus. 
  • The Division of Endocrine Surgery provides treatment for patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal endocrine disorders. The division was the first of its kind in the nation, established in 1979.
  • The Division of Pancreas, Liver, and Gastrointestinal Surgery treats the pancreas, liver, and biliary tree, stomach, small bowel, and large bowel (colon and rectum) using a multidisciplinary approach.
  • The Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery specializes in using small incisions for surgeries and focuses on treating the abdomen, the abdomen wall, and the retroperitoneum for conditions such as hernias, gallstones, and heartburn, in addition to having a nationally recognized bariatric surgery program.
  • The Division of Surgical Oncology treats a wide array of cancers, especially breast, skin, and gastrointestinal system cancers. 
  • The Division of Veterans Surgical Services provides specialized surgical care customized for the needs of veterans.

General Surgery at the University of Michigan

Our team of surgeons delivers comprehensive care for a wide range of conditions and treatments, from the routine to the complex. We are leaders in surgical innovation, and we continue to strive every day to deliver the best possible care to our patients.

Supporting and Connecting Patients

We focus on providing care that is tailored to each one of our patients, emphasizing the importance of compassion and comfort during your time with us. Michigan Medicine’s section of General Surgery will provide you with the resources you need, even offering a Surgery eClinic in which eligible patients can receive follow-up care from their own home.

The General Surgery team is made up of talented surgeons that provide a wide range of highly specialized programs for patients, making sure that complex cases receive the attention they deserve. Our team has extensive experience and resources due to the large volume of cases we treat each year, with more than 23,000 patient visits annually. This gives us the ability to provide you with the best possible care.

We have a history of providing our patients with pioneering advancements in medicine. Extra-corporeal life support (ECMO), which was refined here, continues to advance in how it can save lives. Our current research spans a wide range of different areas, including cancer and tumor biology, drug discovery, obesity and metabolic disease, as well as acute care surgery. For more information about our education and research programs, visit the academic site for Michigan Medicine General Surgery.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

Our team works with colleagues throughout Michigan Medicine to best serve each individual patient. We collaborate with doctors from different specialties and work together to create a comprehensive care plan tailored to your particular needs. This ensures that expert perspectives from fields related to your condition or treatment are considered in order to form the best possible care plan. Additionally, the clinic you visit is your one point of contact with our multidisciplinary approach, reducing the time needed to get in touch with your care providers.

Make an Appointment

Referrals and consultation may be directed to the General Surgery office and clinics, to individual physicians, or to the division offices. Visit our Make an Appointment page to find a list of contact information for clinics. You may also schedule an appointment by logging into MyUofMHealth.