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For more information about our program, please contact Lizette Bocanegra, Program Coordinator.

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ACGME: 4404800439

NRMP: 2211440C0

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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to the HCA Healthcare Kingwood/University of Houston General Surgery Residency Program. By joining us, you will be participating in a unique model of surgery residency education and have the opportunity to build and shape a surgery program that will create a lasting impact on the Houston medical community for years to come.

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Mission Statement

The HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Surgery Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

The last time a medical school was opened in Houston, Texas was 1971. Since that time the greater Houston Metropolitan area grew from approximately 1.9 million people to just under 7 million today. General surgery training opportunities have failed to keep pace with this expanding growth as less than 25 general surgeon have completed training ready to enter fellowship or practice.

The HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood/University of Houston College of Medicine General Surgery Residency Training Program is a 5-year, ACGME-accredited program. Although we are a young program having matriculated our first residents in July of 2019, we are committed to training young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and to guide them into becoming professional leaders within their fields of interest.

One of the major strengths of our program is our collaboration with the University of Houston College of Medicine. This alignment allows for flexibility in clinical settings, faculty development, research support and innovation. Along with HCAs large national patient database, the University of Houston College of Medicine and HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Surgery residents will participate in meaningful investigations that have the potential to change the field of surgery in the future. HCA has a track record of graduating chief residents matching into coveted fellowships programs who go on to pursue academic surgery, and private practice both inside and outside of HCA facilities across the country. While research is not required, it is encouraged and available to any resident who desires to pursue this pathway.

The majority of our rotations occur at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood facility, located just north of downtown Houston. This location provides much needed access to care for over 1 million people whom call this region home. HCA Kingwood has advanced cardiovascular care, is a comprehensive stroke center, thriving general and oncology surgery coverage and is in pursuit of level 2 trauma verification. Plans include developing a growing EMS program and eventually providing level 1 trauma coverage to the northern and eastern counties surrounding Houston.

Our residents also rotate to North Cypress Medical Center with access to a general surgery team (MIS, hepatobiliary, surgical oncology), ENT (thyroid, parathyroid), and endoscopy, Women’s Center (breast), Ambulatory surgery center(s) for endoscopy, and San Antonio Methodist (hepatobiliary/transplant).

Another strength of our program is the relationship between the residents and the faculty. We are all very committed to resident education and training. The faculty and residents work closely together to pursue a collegial and supportive environment.

Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Conference Schedule

Program didactics include

  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • National Grand Rounds lectures
  • GME Resident Debates
  • Interdisciplinary Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • SCORE lectures
  • Journal Club
  • Resident Town Halls
  • HCA Healthcare GME Educational Shared Series
  • Simulation / Training Courses
  • Wellness Activities

Salary & Benefits Information








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  • Medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
  • Retirement: 401k (employer matching offered)
  • Equipment: iPhone, laptop, white coats, scrubs
  • On-Call Meal Stipend: $950 per academic year
  • Orientation Stipend: $1000
  • 20 days PTO - Vacation/Sick Leave
  • 6 weeks Paid Leave
  • Step 3 Reimbursement


Our program offers 4 categorical positions each year. We do not offer any preliminary positions.
At full complement, we will have a total of 20 residents (4 at each PGY level).
Yes, we accept IMG; however, it is preferred applicants have graduated no more than 2 years prior to applying to the program.
Hospital training programs do not sponsor visas. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the sole sponsor of J-1 physicians in clinical training programs. For more information, please visit
No, we do not offer relocation assistance.
Yes, our program offers and covers the registration fees for both life certifications. We also pay for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training for all incoming matched residents.
Our simulation/skills training is every Tuesday from 3-5pm and is led by the Simulation Director. Each week offers a different area of focus.

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