Surgery Residency Program

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine!

Ours is a fully ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency Program under the direction of the full-time surgery faculty of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. There are also approximately 32 dedicated and skilled faculty and community surgeons who actively participate in the Program and provide unmatched clinical and academic resources.  Entering our 66th year, our five-year Program is comprised of four Categorical residents per PGY plus three Preliminary interns.  This smaller class size results in a cohesive team who work and play hard together. 

Our Program continues to pursue its commitment to providing our residents with exceptional teaching and clinical experiences that aid in their development as accomplished and skilled surgeons. This is evidenced by:

  • ABS Qualifying Exam 100% first-time pass attempt for 2023’s graduates.
  • 61% of residents achieved the 75th percentile or higher on ABSITE with one at 99th and three at 98th.
  • All 2023 graduates matched to highly competitive fellowships in Critical Care and Pediatric Oncology & Vascular Anomalies.
  • All 2023 graduates averaged 1,100 major cases, well above the ACGME requirement of 850. 
  • Three residents were selected by the GME as Resident of the Month in the past academic year.
  • At the WV Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting, we placed 1st in Surgical Jeopardy for the 2nd year in a row, 1st place in the first-ever resident simulation competition, and 1st and 2nd place in abstract presentations.
  • Two of our residents qualified to compete on behalf of our Program and the State at the upcoming American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress 2023.

As you plan your interview season, we invite you to review our website and contact us with any questions.  We, the faculty and staff of the General Surgery Residency Program, are available at any time to assist you in your educational endeavors. 

David A. Denning, MD FACS
Program Director

Program Leadership

David A. Denning, MD FACS
Department Chairman
Program Director

Paul C. Bown, MD, FACS
Assistant Program Director

Missy Morrison
General Surgery Program Administrator, C-TAGME

Katharine Sexton
Administrative Assistant

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