The Department of Surgery is dedicated to training the next generation of surgeon-leaders by:

  • Developing excellent clinical judgment and technical skills
  • Supporting research and professional pursuits reflecting the important links between surgery and basic science, clinical outcomes, public health, health justice, and global surgery, and
  • Fostering innovation and advocacy.

UCLA Surgery training programs include: Breast Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, General Surgery, Microsurgery, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.

Medical Students


The UCLA Department of Surgery offers residency programs in a range of specialties:


Fellowship training programs offer opportunities for advanced training and research in the following areas:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Heart & Lung Transplant
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Center for Advanced Surgical & Interventional Technology (CASIT) >


The American Board of Surgery will require training in technologies for certification.  CASIT will provide objective performance based criteria for certification and to maintain credentials.

Surgical Science Laboratory

Surgical Science is committed to providing state-of-the-art medical training simulators that focus on ease of use and validation. The simple idea is to learn the practical techniques of instrument handling in a realistic but safe environment.

  • Teaching of Surgical Anatomy
  • Acquiring Surgical Skills
  • Developing New Procedures