The Inova Fairfax Hospital Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited by the ACGME. The graduating chief residents routinely complete their training with over 1,100 major procedures and have been successful in entering private practice or obtaining fellowships in their chosen fields of interest.

Mission and Program Aims

Protected Educational Time

The residents enjoy five hours of protected educational time each week, including one hour of morbidity/mortality conference, one hour of a grand rounds presentation and three hours of problem/case based learning in our simulation center. The Advanced Surgical Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) is our new, 6,900 square foot, state-of-the-art simulation center equipped with standard and virtual reality trainers, two complete mock operating rooms, a DaVinci robotic trainer, live telesurgery capabilities and a multipurpose conference room. Learn more about ASTEC

Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (ICAMS), an 11,000 square foot hospital wide simulation center, opened in spring 2015 to serve the Inova campus of the UVA School of Medicine and all Inova clinical departments.


The research division of the Department of Surgery continues to grow and now consists of a department epidemiologist/statistician, department research manager, trauma research manager, research project associates and three clinical research coordinators.

The research staff has enhanced our ability to participate in scholarly activity and grow our academic potential. Over the past five years, our residents have presented their investigative work at the local, regional and national levels, and have produced over 80 publications.

University of Virginia Medical School Clinical Campus

Inova Fairfax Hospital is the home of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Inova Campus. Twenty-five to thirty students per year spend their 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations here after completing their didactic during the first two years in Charlottesville. These students are an integral part of the surgical services and rotate on all the teams. Residents participate actively in the day-to-day teaching of the students as well as leading formal didactic sessions and monitoring student presentations once a week to the Department. The University of Virginia will also house research labs as a partner in academics on this campus.

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