Thank you for your interest in our General Surgery Residency Program! Our commitment is to train young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and to guide them into becoming professional leaders within their fields of interest.

The last time a medical school was opened in Houston, Texas was 1971. Since then, the Greater Houston Metropolitan area grew from approximately 1.9 million people to just under 7 million today.

General surgery training opportunities have failed to keep pace with this expanding growth; no more than 23 general surgeons complete training ready to enter fellowship or practice.

The major strength of our program is our collaboration with the University of Houston College of Medicine. This alignment allows for flexibility in clinical settings, faculty development, research support and innovation.

Along with HCA Healthcare’s large national patient database, the University of Houston College of Medicine and HCA Healthcare Houston Gulf Coast Education Consortium residents will participate in meaningful investigation which has the potential to change the way we practice surgery in the future.

HCA Healthcare has a track record of graduating chief residents matching into coveted fellowships and go on to pursue academic surgery and private practice, both inside and outside of HCA Healthcare facilities across the country. While research is not required, it is encouraged and available to any resident who desires to pursue this pathway.

The majority of our rotations occur on the Kingwood campus, just north of downtown Houston. This location provides much-needed access to Level II Trauma Center care for over 1 million people who call this region home. The Kingwood campus has advanced cardiovascular care, a comprehensive stroke center with thriving general and oncology surgery coverage.

Plans include developing a robust EMS program and eventually providing Level I trauma coverage to the north and eastern counties surrounding Houston, Texas. Our residents also rotate to HCA Healthcare Houston North Cypress with access to a busy minimally invasive service as well as HCA Healthcare Houston Clear Lake for pediatric surgery.

We also plan to broaden education to other hospitals as the program grows. The faculty are all very committed to resident education and training. They work closely together to pursue a collegial and supportive environment.

We look forward to having you as part of our team!


Alian Garay, MD

Interim Program Director