University of Illinois at Chicago |

General Surgery Residency Program

George Havelka, MD MS
George Havelka, MD MS


It is a pleasure to welcome you to the General Surgery Residency Program at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Our program provides residents with comprehensive education and surgical training centered at one of the most dynamic and respected public universities in the country. The primary goal of the UIC General Residency Program is to recruit and train the finest candidates to become outstanding surgeons. The strengths of our program include excellent clinical training at sites that are complementary in their patient populations and surgical experiences.

Beginning the 2022 academic year, broad experiences are gained through rotations at University of Illinois Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, OSF St. Anthony’s Medical Center , OSF Little Company of Mary Hospital, John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County and the University of Chicago Medical Center. We will be recruiting residents for both a clinical track and research track. Numerous research opportunities, commensurate with an elite academic research institution, are available to interested residents. The goal of the University of Illinois General Surgery Residency program is to fully train physicians to become competent and skilled surgeons capable of the independent practice of general surgery with the highest ethical and professional standards.

We strive to become one of the nation’s leading universities committed to education, research, and patient care. We have developed an environment of education and excellence in the field of surgery among our residents, faculty, and students. As you will be able to see throughout our site, the camaraderie that we share is notable. Our program fosters intellectual development and independent residents who run our surgical services. The combined clinical and academic resources of the University and its affiliated institutions provide a magnificent setting for training the future surgeon.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Surgery Residency Program provides strong education and operative experiences and robust didactic , simulation, and conference curricula to produce well trained clinical and academic surgeons who prepared for careers in facets of modern surgery. The surgical education program is committed to maintaining an environment among residents, faculty, and students which fosters intellectual development and camaraderie. We offer dedicated training to our residents in the area of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Our skills lab and minimally invasive training center is the product of a $5 million dollar investment by the department and offers a comprehensive dry and animal laparoscopic and robotic lab. This lab boasts two state of the art surgical robots, on which residents are trained and prepared for clinical robotic general surgery in the world’s leading program. We are the first and only program in the country from which our graduating residents are recognized with a formal certificate of basic robotic competency. Our state-of the-art Surgical Education Laboratory, Surgical Innovation Training Laboratory, comprehensive educational conferences, and commitment to surgical research, clearly position us in the forefront of surgery, now and into the future.

We take pride in the success of our program’s graduates, many of whom have achieved remarkable success in both academic surgery and private practice. If we can be of any assistance to you and can provide you with any other information about our general surgical training program, please feel free to contact us.


George E. Havelka, M.D.
Director, Surgical Residency Training Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery