Clinical Experience

Yale Department of Surgery prides itself on providing residents with unparalleled breadth and depth of hands-on surgical experience. Residents rotate amongst four training hospitals in the general surgery program. Each of these hospitals provides a unique educational experience. After spending time at our community and VA hospitals, our residents become proficient in a wide variety of general surgical procedures needed to practice independently after graduation. At the same time, the experience in our tertiary referral hospitals provides a depth of experience needed to perform complex operations.

York street and Chapel Street Campuses

Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a 1,541-bed private, nonprofit teaching hospital that includes the York Street Campus and the Chapel Street Campus. YNHH is regularly included among the Best Hospitals in the U.S. in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of specialty services. Yale New Haven is the largest acute care provider in southern Connecticut and one of the Northeast's major referral centers. 

YNHH is home to a Level I trauma center that includes both pediatric and adult trauma services, the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and the Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH contains surgical intensive care units for general surgery and trauma, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, as well as a pediatric intensive care unit.

Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital (BH), is a 425 bed affiliate of Yale–New Haven Health, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, about 20 miles southwest of New Haven. BH is home to the Connecticut Burn Center, one of the only 62 verified Burn Centers in the United States, serving as the burn referral center for the entire state of Connecticut and western Massachusetts. BH brings to Yale Surgery both a large volume of general surgical, trauma and critical care cases, and a broad spectrum of surgical specialty cases.

West Haven Campus of the Veterans Administration

The West Haven Campus of the Veterans Administration Connecticut Health Care System (V.A. Hospital) is a 179–bed tertiary care facility with an additional 30-bed nursing home care unit. Approximately 2,800 surgical procedures are performed annually, including 100–140 cardiac pump cases and a wide variety of specialized minimally invasive operations. The V.A. Hospital has consistently ranked among the top five V.A. hospitals for research funding, and currently contains funded surgical investigators with active laboratories on the V.A. premises.

YNHH York Street Campus

  • High-volume tertiary referral center 
  • Level 1 trauma center 
    • Exposure to operative blunt and penetrating trauma 
  • Smilow Cancer Hospital 
    • Complex hepatobiliary oncology, melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, endocrine neoplasia, thoracic oncology 
    • Use of robotic surgery for cancer operations 
  • Yale New Haven Transplantation Center 
    • Liver, Kidney, Pancreas transplants 
    • Pediatric liver transplantation center 
  • Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital 
    • Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center 
    • Complex pediatric surgical oncology 
    • Regional Neonatal Center for Southern Connecticut- 55 bed neonatal intensive care unit 
    • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program 
  • Heart and Vascular Center 
    • Wide range of open and endovascular experiences 
      • Artis Zeego hybrid operating room for combined open and endovascular operations 

YNHH Chapel Street Campus

  • Yale Bariatric Surgery Center 
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery 
  • Complex Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 
  • Comprehensive Endoscopy Center 

Veterans Administration Medical Center

  • General Surgery 
  • Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery 
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery 
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 

Bridgeport Hospital

  • Connecticut Burn Center and Burn Critical Care Unit 
    • Burn surgery, complex burn reconstruction, burn trauma, burn-related critical care 
  • Level 2 Trauma Center 
    • Exposure to blunt and penetrating trauma 
  • Dedicated Outpatient Surgical Center 
  • General Pediatric Surgery 
  • Complex Surgical Oncology 
  • Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery 
  • The Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine