The UCLA Department of Surgery was founded by William P. Longmire, Jr., M.D. one of the preeminent surgeons of the second half of the 20th Century. Dr. Longmire arrived in Southern California in 1948 from Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he trained under the famous surgeon Alfred Blalock. In the early years, Dr. Longmire assembled a distinguished group of surgeons who were pioneers in a variety of disciplines, including abdominal, cardiac, neurologic and transplant surgery. Today, that legacy has flourished, and the Department of Surgery is comprised of ten divisions: Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery.
These divisions are leaders in modern clinical care, with programs in lung, liver, heart, small bowel, renal, pancreas and islet cell transplantation; skull base and brain tumors; children's epilepsy; central nervous system trauma; solid tumor oncology; sarcomas; lung cancer; design and implantation of custom endoprostheses including vascular prostheses; endorectal pull-through; breast diseases; extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); microsurgery; bone regeneration; gene therapy and tissue engineering, among many others.
In addition to our commitment to provide the finest in patient care, we place a major emphasis on science and scholarship. Basic research programs accompany all of our clinical activities, and trainees in our residency programs are encouraged to take time off to participate in basic research. The Department has 40 thousand square feet of dedicated research space in which to conduct scientific studies. The Gordon and Virginia McDonald Medical Research Laboratory Building houses the Surgical Sciences Pavilion, including two small animal surgery units and facilities for superior surgical research programs in molecular and cellular biology, gastrointestinal physiology, microvascular surgery and basic laser biology. We also have a state-of the-art Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology.
Currently the Department of Surgery has 158 full time faculty participating in teaching, research and clinical activities at UCLA and its major affiliated hospitals; 254 voluntary faculty; 16 fellows; and 147 residents. More than 300 medical students are trained annually in didactic courses and on clinical rotations.