Columbia University Department of Surgery

Our Mission

Columbia University’s Department of Surgery, part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, has evolved over the last 20 years to a sophisticated network of creative alliances. Collaboration with medical and scientific experts at Columbia University and globally, as well as with the biotech industry, has resulted in many "firsts" and enhanced a reputation for providing the highest quality patient care.  The Department of Surgery now performs more than 12,000 operations annually. Major divisions include Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery (including Breast, GI, Endocrine, Thyroid, Metabolic & Weight Loss, Pancreas and Surgery Oncology), organ transplantation including heart, lung kidney, liver and pancreas, Pediatric Surgery, Plastics and Reconstruction, Vascular Surgery, and a health outcomes and research division, RCIOR, developed to evaluate current treatment methods and how to improve clinical outcomes.

The Columbia University Department of Surgery has a roster of 100 faculty members, whose specialties range from basic science research to the most advanced robotic surgical procedures. Nearly 100 fellows and residents provide an invaluable contribution to our department, while gaining the training they need to become tomorrow's medical leaders.

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About the Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides world-class leadership in: scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care.  Situated on a 20-acre campus in the Washington Heights community of northern Manhattan and comprising roughly half of Columbia University's nearly $3 billion annual budget, CUMC has faculty members from its four schools (College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and Mailman School of Public Health).  All carry out the school's core mission of educating and training future generations of health care professionals and conduct basic research with the ultimate goal of translating discoveries into new techniques for fighting disease and improving health.  Columbia University Medical Center faculty are responsible for a number of significant clinical breakthroughs - among them, the first blood test for cancer, the first medical use of the laser, and the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another.