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The Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery is an academically-oriented department based on an underlying foundation of excellent clinical experience. Our residents are prepared to become leaders in a community of private practitioners or to succeed in the progression of an academic career. In general, one third of our residents go on to fellowship training and one quarter of our residents ultimately seek academic positions. Our faculty is committed to resident education and providing a work environment which fosters critical thinking and gaining experience in all aspects of general surgery.

Urology is the only specialty residency; therefore the resident has the opportunity to gain a variety of surgical experiences. In addition, the resident has an opportunity to perform fundamental research. We are very proud of the program and the fact that our graduates have been successful in their careers.

Our Mission

The Department of Surgery provides surgical education by delivering the highest quality patient care, teaching and research.

Departmental Objectives

Department Chair

Michael B. Freeman, MD, FACS, was named the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School Of Medicine in January 2020. Dr. Freeman is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia in August, GA. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and was the first to graduate from the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program there. Dr. Freeman’s academic career began at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in July, 1987, helping to establish the University of Tennessee Medical Center as an elite center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He has been the Chief of Vascular Surgery and Program Director of the Vascular Fellowship program for the past 18 years.

Dr. Freeman has presented 148 presentations at professional organization meetings and has written 100 articles in major academic journals.

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