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General Surgery Residency

Message from the Program Director

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to explore Morristown Medical Center’s Department of Surgery Training Program. Here, you’ll learn what makes us an exceptional choice for expanding your career in general surgery.

Our house staff is a cohesive, collegial group of accomplished individuals who have come together to form a well-synchronized and dynamic unit. They embody the African proverb “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” In the course of their training, these excellent physicians went through the very same process that you are embarking on now, one that’s characterized by curiosity and focus.

Morristown Medical Center offers a nationally-known brand of clinical excellence borne of deep experiential learning for our residents. We do not have clinical fellowships in surgery, so residents get the full breadth of the surgical experience. All cases – thoracic, vascular, oncologic, pediatric, trauma, colorectal and general acute care – are yours to learn from.

This absence of fellows, however, does not mean a lack of fellowship opportunities. Our reputation, well-networked faculty and programmatic efforts mean that our residents apply for and get outstanding fellowships across the spectrum of clinical training and in places of their choosing.

At Morristown Medical Center, we get to know you as an individual; most of your training will take place here or within an Atlantic Health System facility. With the exception of liver transplant, you spend your time with the same faculty and resident colleagues each day. In this way, you build traction and rapport, as opposed to traveling or getting used to new routines or people in a month-to-month shuffle.

Hospitals may just be buildings that facilitate work, but ours are aesthetically beautiful, comfortable, well organized, and filled with some of the latest technology. Perhaps our most invaluable resource, however, is our people – residents, nurses, faculty and staff – who are committed to patients and each other in a way that sets us apart from other places I have worked or visited.

We are deeply grateful that you have chosen to learn more about us and look forward to the opportunity to learn more about you.

All the best in building your career,

Eric L. Lazar, MD MS MBA FACS FAAP
Associate Professor of Surgery
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Program Director, Department of Surgery
Morristown Medical Center