A Letter from the Chair

Stuart R. Geffner, MD, MS-HCM, FACS
Stuart R. Geffner, MD, MS-HCM, FACS
Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief
Department of Surgery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in our general surgery residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. As you embark on a career in surgery, there is much to consider.

At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, our general surgery residency has a 40-year history of training young surgeons. Our graduates now span the country, providing outstanding surgical care in general surgery and surgical subspecialties. Our graduates have enjoyed careers in both the community and academic medical center settings. I, myself, am a proud graduate of our surgical residency, and am committed to maintaining the finest surgical training program.

In our program, you will learn from a variety of teaching surgeons - both employed faculty as well as independent practitioners. All are committed to ensuring that our trainees develop outstanding technical skills and the clinical knowledge base necessary to care for the most complex of patients.

Surgical training is rigorous. You will work hard, and we will demand excellence from you. But you will do so in a non-punitive environment that fosters learning, and places emphasis on camaraderie and wellbeing. We are committed to maintaining a culture that upholds our core values of professionalism, continuous improvement, quality and ownership.

I encourage you to begin the journey of a career in surgery. For many, it will prove to be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling life decisions. I invite you to learn more about our program, spend time with us, and consider making Saint Barnabas Medical Center the place where that journey begins.


Stuart R. Geffner, MD, MS-HCM, FACS
Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief
Department of Surgery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center