A Message from the Chair

The University of Chicago Department of Surgery is one of the nation's leading programs comprised of 125 full-time faculty and postdoctoral researchers and more than 40 part-time and volunteer appointments. We constantly strive to provide the highest level of complex and innovative surgical care, comprehensive surgical training for tomorrow's leaders as well as groundbreaking basic science and clinical research.

Collaborations among our specialties and with medical and scientific experts at the University of Chicago and other national/international organizations have resulted in many "firsts" for our Department, particularly in the area of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Our commitment to discovery and innovation encourages us to move promising new therapies from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside.

We are cultivating a unique environment to further our tripartite mission of clinical practice, research, and education. Holding ourselves to the highest standards, our strategic vision emphasizes:

  • Premier multidisciplinary clinical programs anchored in translational research and distinguished by leading-edge technology
  • "Chicago-style" training programs that embed simulation and immersive learning within a unique framework of ethics and professionalism
  • Agenda-setting research teams addressing questions of fundamental importance and applied relevance with toolboxes extending beyond traditional biomedicine
  • Stewardship of the Department and its legacy, leading by example to meet complex and dynamic challenges that face the University of Chicago Medicine and its local community

Our patients, however, require more than our surgical expertise and advanced facilities provide — they seek to understand their condition and how we will care for them. We are committed to taking all the time necessary to answer every question our patients bring because we believe that healing begins with understanding. 

Welcome, and we invite you to learn more about our outstanding programs.

Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD

Chair of Surgery
Dallas B. Phemister Professor of Surgery