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You might hire a general surgeon to:

  • Perform routine surgeries such as appendectomies, hernia repairs, and cyst removals
  • Perform cancer-related surgeries such as colectomies and mastectomies

  • Teach a group of general surgery residents on the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery

  • Diagnose and treat stomach and intestinal dysfunctions

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree from an accredited university relevant to country of employment Experience with terminally ill patients
Board certification and current license to practice general surgery
Specialty training or certifications
Experience in a residency program Leadership skills and experience
Experience practicing general surgery Strong communication skills