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Sample general surgeon job description

At [Hospital X], surgeons are at the forefront of our mission to provide patients with outstanding personalized care. We’re looking for an experienced general surgeon to join our team and bring superior skills so that we and our patients can continue to thrive. In this role, the successful candidate will be well-grounded in the science of surgery, with exceptional clinical judgment for thorough and exemplary patient care. The general surgeon will use the most innovative procedures — typically involving minimal access (laparoscopic and endoscopic) techniques — and be supported by compassionate experts to guide patients through their surgery experience. We expect our general surgeons to possess a unique blend of technical knowledge and empathy that enables them to improve patient health not only during a procedure but also well into the future.

Objectives of this role

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


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

Required skills and qualifications

  • Doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree from an accredited university
  • Board certification and current license to practice general surgery
  • Three to five years of experience in residency
  • One to three years of experience as a practicing general surgeon

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Experience with terminally ill patients
  • Training or certification in a medical specialty