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Welcome letter

Dr Jason BrockerWelcome! There’s a saying here, “Keep Austin weird.” I like to think this refers to the overwhelming laid-back attitude, vast array of voices and personalities, vibrant outdoor art and culture and, of course, the large live music scene. As a native Texan, Austin has always had a special place in my heart.

Austin has grown in leaps and bounds and is quickly becoming a center of technological advancement in multiple fields (Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Tesla have headquarters here). This growth extends to the medical field as well. We know that in addition to providing the fundamental experience required to become an independent surgeon, the St. David’s Healthcare General Surgery residency program will go above and beyond to enrich your training opportunities as a surgical resident.

While South Austin Medical Center (SAMC) will be the main location for our residency, the program incorporates three additional St. David’s Healthcare facilities throughout the Austin area to ensure our residents have optimal clinical exposure to all aspects of General Surgery, including Vascular, Cardiothoracic, and Transplant Surgery. The St. David’s Healthcare Partnership has one of the busiest minimally invasive robotic surgery services in the United States. SAMC alone performs over 2,000 robotic cases per year and it can operate robotically 24/7, which is unique to most surgery services and nearly all surgery residency programs.

You are the next generation of surgeons, and training opportunities are important to consider in selecting your residency program. Residents trained here at St. David’s will have one-on-one mentorship for our robotic surgery curriculum and become robot certified prior to completion of the residency. Additionally, our trauma and emergency surgery volumes enable our program to provide the appropriate breadth of experience to prepare trainees for direct entry into the surgical workforce. Or, if interested in pursuing a fellowship, our graduates will be well prepared and have a competitive advantage in many subspecialties as fully-trained robotic surgeons.

Being part of the larger HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education system allows our program to utilize the largest patient database in the world and provides additional resources to harness your optimal scholarly potential. We at St. David’s Healthcare South Austin Medical Center cannot wait to welcome and train the next generation of well-rounded surgeons. Our faculty are motivated, excited, and ready to share their wealth of knowledge in both the operating room and classroom. Come join us, and let’s keep Austin weird.

Ernest Gonzalez, MD
Program Director, St. David’s Healthcare General Surgery Program

List of leadership and faculty

Ernest Gonzalez, MD, Program Director

Ernest A Gonzalez, M.D., FACS is a first-generation native Texan. He is an associate professor of surgery at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center and founding Chair and Trauma Medical Director of the St. David’s South Austin Medical Centers’ Department of Trauma. Dr. Gonzalez is also the new program director for the General Surgery Residency program St. David’s Health System in Austin, Texas.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Gonzalez earned his Doctor of Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is a graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Surgical Residency Program in El Paso, Texas. He has also furthered his surgical education with fellowships in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Texas.

Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He is a member in the American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Western Trauma Association, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Association for Academic Surgery, ACS-South Texas Chapter, Texas Medical Association and Travis County Medical Society.

Dr. Gonzalez is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is the chair of the Emergency Health Systems for Central Texas Regional Advisory Committee. His clinical and research interests are trauma and surgical critical care. His focus of research is translational research in the inflammatory response in trauma and transfusion resuscitative strategies. He has held multiple grants from the National Institute of Health and Department of Defense and is extensively published in peer review journals and authored in textbook chapters.

Dr. Gonzalez continues to live in Austin, Texas. He is married to his wife Deborah, and they have been blessed with three daughters. His daughters are currently enrolled at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and St. Stephens High School in Austin, Texas. Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending his free time with his family and at his ranch raising exotics.

Aileen Ebadat, MD, Associate Program Director

Aileen Ebadat, MD, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She earned her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed her general surgery residency at The University of Texas at Austin where she served as an administrative chief resident and received the 2012 Resident Educator of the Year award. Dr. Ebadat moved to Nashville to complete a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Throughout her training, she actively served in leadership roles and was frequently honored by her peers.

In 2016, she moved back to Austin to join St. David’s South Austin Trauma Surgeons, where she now serves as the Associate Trauma Medical Director. Dr. Ebadat has been published numerous times in medical journals and texts on topics such as traumatic brain injury, transfusions and organ donation. She is certified in Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and Advanced Trauma Operative Management. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, in addition to being a member of the Texas Medical Association and Travis County Medical Society. Dr. Ebadat enjoys helping others achieve their goals and has served as a mentor, tutor and equestrian instructor.

Curriculum and rotation schedule

Training and research

At St. David’s Healthcare Graduate Medical Education Surgery Residency Program, we aim to train well-rounded, capable physicians that provide quality healthcare services for patients and families in the community. At St. David's Healthcare we believe that we should provide exceptional care to every patient every day with a spirit of warmth, friendliness, and personal pride.


Over the course of our program, residents will train under board-certified surgeons who serve as role models for our core values. Residents will be expected to demonstrate the mission of St. David’s Healthcare through the provision of patient-centered care in everyday clinical activities. St. David’s Healthcare Graduate Medical Education General Surgery Residency Program hopes to instill in its residents a desire for lifelong learning and scholarly activity, as well as provide them with the tools and experiences necessary to become competent, autonomous general surgeons.
The goals of our General Surgery Residency Program are to provide exceptional care and financial stability in order to train competent physicians in the practice of General Surgery. These goals are driven by our values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence (I.C.A.R.E.).


HCA GME has commitment to scholarly activity, based on more than 30 million patient encounters each year, that bridges the gap between complimenting evidence and exceptional patient care. Merging the rigor of ACGME accreditation standards with high patient touch, our residents deliver care rooted in evidence-based medicine that demonstrates our mission to care for the improvement of human life.

Conference schedule

St. David's Healthcare Graduate Medical Education has a strong rigorous academic focus. Residents are trained by board-certified physicians utilizing evidence based educational curriculum.
Didactic sessions include: M & M conference, journal club, interactive computer modules, ABSITE, case conferences, grand rounds, tumor board, sub-specialty lectures, case reviews, root cause analysis interactive workshops, and collaborative care practice initiatives.

In addition to weekly and monthly didactic sessions, our program utilizes daily multidisciplinary bedside rounding focusing on the healthcare team approach to more actively engage the patients and their care team thus improving collaboration and patient outcomes.
Resident are also encouraged to participate in hospital and program level committees. Hospital and Program level committee involvement fosters overall professional development of our residents as they participate in “task force” leveled conversation.

Curriculum and rotation schedule

Subjective to change.


  • General surgery 16 weeks
  • Trauma 16 weeks
  • Orthopedics 4 weeks
  • Neurosurgery 4 weeks
  • Urology 4 weeks
  • Plastics 4 weeks


  • Colorectal 8 weeks
  • STICU 16 weeks
  • Surgical Oncology 8 weeks
  • Thoracic 8 weeks
  • Vascular 2 weeks


  • Endocrine 8 weeks
  • General surgery 16 weeks
  • GI Endo 8 weeks
  • Trauma 16 weeks


  • Colorectal 8 weeks
  • Head and Neck 8 weeks
  • Pediatric Surgery 8 weeks
  • Thoracic 8 weeks
  • Transplant 8 weeks
  • Vascular 8 weeks


  • General Surgery 24 weeks
  • Surgical Oncology 8 weeks
  • Trauma 16 weeks

Salary and benefits

Our training program offers a competitive resident benefits program to ensure residents and their families are taken care of to address multiple life circumstances.


PGY Level Salary* On-Call Meals* Total
PGY1 $60,061 $950 $61,011
PGY2 $61,262 $950 $62,212
PGY3 $62,488 $950 $63,438
PGY4 $63,737 $950 $64,687
PGY5 $65,649 $950 $66,599

*These amounts are subject to taxation.

Resident salaries are determined on an annual basis. In addition to the amounts above, new residents received up to $500 for orientation.

Professional liability insurance

Professional liability insurance coverage is provided during the training period within the scope of the program. Professional liability insurance coverage is provided for the purpose of program training and does not extend to moonlighting activities or other activities.

Other Benefits

  • GME provided Laptop
    GME provided Cell Phone
    GME paid Residency Training License
    GME provided DEA number

HCA Healthcare total rewards program offering flexible benefit options for residents and their dependents (costs may vary)

  • Health and Medical benefits available on day one
    Wellness 24/7 support Employee Assistance Program
    Paid Time Off


While Austin has long been known for music, there’s so much more. Beautiful outdoor spaces tucked inside the city limits and sprawling views in the Hill Country, unique shopping districts, cultural activities and exciting food venues, all come with a laid-back, family-friendly vibe.

Live music capital of the world

In Austin, you can find live music everywhere. From historic nightclubs to neighborhood cafes, food trucks to coffee houses, live music can be heard any day of the week. And then there are outdoor music festivals, such the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which spans two weekends in the fall.

Food scene

Austin’s food scene is as eclectic as the city. Several weekly farmer’s markets offer fresh produce and artisan food items. Austin has a flourishing food truck culture, where many local and national favorites got their start. Breakfast tacos and barbeque blend seamlessly with adventurous culinary fusion menus.

Get outdoors

Austin’s climate beckons you to get outside all year long and offers everything from lakes for boating or paddle boarding, trails for biking and walking, and glistening natural swimming holes, like Barton Springs Pool, Hamilton Pool and Blue Hole in Wimberley. The crown jewel is the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, located in the heart of downtown Austin, where walkers, joggers and bikers share the trail surrounding the shores of Lake Lady Bird.

Arts and entertainment

Austin has a vibrant arts community that includes the Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin and Austin Lyric Opera, as well as performing arts venues including the Long Center, Paramount Theater, and Bass Concert Hall. Austin boasts several museums and cultural centers, including the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, George Washington Carver Museum, The Contemporary Austin, the Mexican American Cultural Center, The Thinkery and more.


Two major league soccer teams, a minor league baseball team, and the only F1 racetrack in the USA are all major players in the Austin sports scene. The University of Texas regularly fields nationally ranked teams in football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, and track and field. Youth sports leagues offer opportunities for kids of all ages to get in the game.

Yes. The program facilitates an environment and provides residents with the appropriate resources to actively participate in clinical and/or laboratory research. The program will have a structured didactic curriculum to instruct residents on the fundamentals of research. Specific research skills in the curriculum include: evidence-based medicine; medical literature interpretation; study design, implementation and preparation for publication; informed consent for subject enrollment in research studies; Institutional Review Board – function and purpose; and basic statistics. This curriculum is supported by John Washington, the HCA Central and West Texas Division GME Research Director.

Resident have access to HCA's full-service electronic library including over 7800 e-journals, and an extensive collection of over 2175 e-textbooks as well as Up-to-date, MEDLINE searches, and full-text of EBSCO journal database as well as access and utilization of a GME Research Data Warehouse (GMERDW). The GMERDW is an enterprise-wide data model, implemented as a comprehensive, highly searchable data warehouse housing clinical and financial data from across the country. The GMERDW includes both inpatient and outpatient data related to our continuum of care, updated 6 times a day and provides validated data from the past 48 months. Residents and faculty will have virtual access to their scholarly activity including the ability to ask clinical questions via a data clear form and specific data sets along with high performance analytical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R and Tableau.

Throughout the duration of the residency program, residents are paired with faculty members based on interest (e.g. clinical research vs. laboratory research). Residents and faculty members work in a collaborative manner to develop and initiate scholarly activity.