The primary site for the General Surgery program is Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West (ASTHW), a 541 bed not-for-profit community hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1898, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West has been devoted to physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Today, ASTHW provides adult specialty healthcare to the more than two million residents of Middle Tennessee, Southwestern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama. ASTHW offers a wide variety of surgical services and will provide experiences in a full spectrum of general, vascular, breast, plastic, endocrine, and transplant surgery, surgical ICU, and endoscopy.
Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West is part of the Ascension Saint Thomas regional health system, consisting of nine hospitals. Additionally, Ascension Saint Thomas has a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services, and ambulatory surgery, as well as medical practices, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities. Ascension Health is a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.
Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown is the largest not-for-profit community hospital in Middle Tennessee, licensed for 683 acute and rehab care beds. Our main campus covers nearly 2 million square feet and spans more than six city blocks, or 38 acres. Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown is a sister hospital to Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West, both within the Ascension Saint Thomas system. General Surgery Program Residents will gain a wide array of general and endocrine surgery experience at this site.
General Surgery Program Residents will have trauma and burn surgery experience at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee. VUMC provides trauma care for 65,000 square miles. The Division of Trauma at Vanderbilt handles close to 3,000 acute trauma admissions annually. VUMC has a 25-bed burn unit, a 31 bed integrated Acute and Sub Acute care unit, which contains a 14-bed ICU, a 7-bed Acute Admission Area and a 10-bed Sub-Acute unit, and LifeFlight, an active air medical transport program. The Trauma Unit's unique geography allows close integration and management of patient progress from admission to discharge. LifeFlight provides rapid access to the tertiary care facilities of the Trauma Center for all patients within a 140-mile radius of Nashville.
General Surgery Program Residents will have pediatric surgery experience at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (LBCH). LBCH is a 255-bed, tertiary care children's hospital located in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Every doctor at Le Bonheur is a pediatric specialist. LBCH has more than 700 medical staff representing 40 pediatric specialties. Approximately 170 patients per day are admitted, mostly from Tennessee and nearby states but also from around the world, mainly due to its nationally recognized brain tumor program, affiliation with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and for being the home of the Children's Foundation Research Center.
Le Bonheur functions as the region's primary level 1 pediatric trauma center. The hospital cares for 14,000 patients every year, including about 81,000 visits to the emergency department a year and 8,800 surgeries per year. LBCH also serves as a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and offers training in general pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialties. For the past couple of years the hospital has been recognized among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report.