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Training Sites

The Department of Surgery’s residency programs give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience providing care for diverse populations and treating a wide range of conditions. With five world-class facilities, surgical residents can take advantage of valuable training opportunities, from pediatric through geriatric procedures, including comprehensive experiences in hepatobiliary surgery, transplantation, vascular surgery, and advanced laparoscopic procedures. The program includes experience in community and VA-based care, which is crucial for surgeons interested in academic careers. Residents become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in the workforce.

Duke University Hospital (DUH)

Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, the 989-bed Duke University Hospital is a tertiary and quaternary care hospital and Level I trauma center. On its 210 acres, it houses comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities that serve a multistate region, drawing patients routinely from the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee, southern Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. Many of its programs also attract patients from other national and international sites. The main hospital is complemented by a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center situated two blocks away. Recent additions to Duke Hospital continue to add operative capacity and the patient volume continues to grow, consistent with the booming population moving to the triangle area.

Duke Regional Hospital (DRH)

Duke Regional Hospital is a 369-bed acute care hospital that has been serving the community’s health care needs since 1976. A comprehensive facility, it offers Duke surgical residents experience in inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and emergency care. The medical facility also features a level II intensive care nursery, the 30-bed Durham Regional Rehabilitation Institute, and the Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center. It also has a nine-bed coronary care unit and a 17-bed intensive care unit. Other training opportunities include the highly acclaimed Duke Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopic programs.

Durham Veterans Administration Hospital (DVAMC)

This 274-bed general medical and surgical facility is located just across the street from Duke Hospital. The DVAMC provides general and specialty medical, surgical, psychiatric inpatient, and ambulatory services and is a major referral center for veterans in North Carolina, southern Virginia, northern South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. In this capacity, the DVAMC accommodates veterans from these regions with complex general, vascular, and cardiothoracic needs and, in addition, serves local veterans requiring care for common general surgical disorders.

Asheville Veterans Administration Hospital (AVAH)

The Asheville VA Medical Center is a tertiary care, 112-bed acute care facility located in western North Carolina. Asheville VA operates a separate 120-bed Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center, serving the western North Carolina area and portions of South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. General surgical residents rotating through AVAH gain additional experience in vascular surgery, general surgery, cardiac surgery, and endoscopy.

Duke Raleigh Hospital (DRaH)

This is a 148-bed general medical and surgical hospital in Raleigh. The Duke Raleigh rotation provides residents with a community-based general surgery experience that includes what would be considered “bread and butter” general surgery, such as cholecystectomy, hernia, breast biopsy, mastectomy, and colectomy. It is currently expanding to include a comprehensive weight management program and enhanced general surgical oncology.