Sample General Surgeon Job Description

Job Description

At [Hospital X], our team of general surgeons are at the forefront of their respective specialties, offering patients outstanding personalized care. We’re looking for an experienced general surgeon who is eager to join our team and use their superior surgical skills to help us continue to thrive. In this role, the successful candidate will be well-grounded in the basic science of surgery, using their exceptional clinical judgment to offer thorough and exemplary patient care. From early on, you will use the most advanced innovations, typically with minimal access (laparoscopic and endoscopic) techniques, supported by a team of compassionate experts to help you guide patients through their individual surgical experiences. We expect our general surgeons to possess a unique blend of technical knowledge and empathy, enabling them to improve the health of patients not just during the procedure, but well into the future.

Objectives of this Role

  • Provide clinical care to patients in accordance with regulations in obtaining patient history, ordering labs and diagnostic studies, and arranging referrals
  • Communicate effectively with physicians and medical staff to coordinate care
  • Demonstrate an excellent bedside manner and foster a great patient experience
  • Collaborate with our IT team and developers to create and implement new systems
  • Continuously research and adopt new technologies, software, and hardware

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a team of anesthesiologists, CRNAs, physician assistants, perioperative staff, and perianesthesia staff
  • Perform general surgeries including hernia repair, cholecystectomy, abscess drainage, endoscopy, colonoscopy, appendectomy, small bowel, and colon surgery
  • Provide an explanation of medical procedures and care plans to patients and their families
  • Review test results with patients and families to report findings and identify any abnormalities
  • Provide palliative care and pain management as well as counseling and support for end-of-life decisions
  • Attend departmental meetings and professional training sessions as requested

Skills and Qualifications

  • Doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree from an accredited U.S. school of medicine or osteopathy
  • Board-certified, licensed general surgeon
  • 3-5 years of experience in residency
  • 1-3 years as a practicing general surgeon

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with terminally ill patients
  • Specialty training or certifications


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