Welcome from the Department Chair and Program Director

Adrian Park, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCS (ECSA)

On behalf of the Department of Surgery at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHLHAAMC), I wish to congratulate you on your accomplishments thus far. As you consider the next critical step in your education, I appreciate your interest in our Surgery Residency Program. We offer a comprehensive curriculum that combines advanced learning, practical experience, and continuous inquiry. As pioneers of our program, you will shape a new path forward for Graduate Medical Education in Annapolis.

As the 3rd busiest surgical hospital in Maryland, we guarantee a breadth of experience in all aspects of Surgery. Our experienced Program Director and skilled faculty are dedicated to providing a robust educational platform in a friendly and respectful environment. You will experience graded responsibility with the appropriate levels of supervision as you progress through our program. Upon graduation, you will be ready to pursue practice in General Surgery or to continue subspecialty, fellowship training. We currently offer fellowship training in MIS, Bariatrics and Breast Oncology.

LHAAMC is extremely proud to be a leader in patient safety as noted by Consumer Reports, “Hospitals that Make the Grade,” as one of the top 10 of the nation’s hospitals in surgical safety. One of the many quality features of our program is the Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL Center) that is located onsite at LHAAMC. The Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers dynamic simulation, research and education opportunities.

With our mission to enhance the health of the people we serve, our community entrusts us with their care. This means not only quality surgical services, but proactive engagement with our community that includes expanded outreach and chronic disease management. The Surgery Program at LHAAMC will train compassionate surgeons and leaders who will serve our community and understand the needs of population health.

With all of this in mind, I encourage you to explore our website for more detailed information about our Surgery Residency Program. I wish you all the best in your education and hope to meet you in Annapolis.

Adrian Park, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCS (ECSA)
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Alejandro Gandsas, MD, MBA, FACS

The Department of Surgery at LHAAMC has undergone significant growth over the last few years. Among our greatest achievements is our Surgery Residency Program, which received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education effective July 1, 2016. Our categorical program began with our first group of residents on July 1, 2017, with a complement of three residents per year. We have celebrated milestone achievements with our graduating residents who have either matched into fellowships or entered into practice. The LHAAMC Surgery Residency Program promises to offer you a vast surgical experience in all surgical disciplines providing an appropriate balance of training and mentorship.

We are fortunate to be supported by our Department Chairman, Adrian Park, MD, and our experienced, knowledgeable faculty sharing more than 20 years of aggregate experience in Graduate Medical Education. As a faculty, we are committed to the principles of patient-centered, value-based care and will teach our residents in this model.

Our goal is to train competent and compassionate surgeons who will serve our patients as well as understand the ongoing social and economic opportunities of modern medicine. Our comprehensive academic curriculum combines lectures, conferences, and protected time in our premier simulation center, the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL Center). Our GME inter-professional 1st year series rotates curricula in Research, Bioethics/Medical Humanities, Well-being and Society & Medicine to support our residents as our future leaders in healthcare.

Our affiliations with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Hospital allows our residents to supplement their training at large academic institutions with specific off-campus experience in trauma, pediatric surgery and liver-pancreas transplant rotations. Our academic affiliations with George Washington University SOM and University of Maryland SOM offer our residents the opportunity to teach medical students. Our residents participate in both quality and research projects and will be expected to present their work and publish their data.

This thorough and thoughtful learning environment will provide you with the skill and professional confidence you need to enter any fellowship program and pursue a career in academic surgery or begin work in private practice.

Alex Gandsas, MD, MBA, FACS
Program Director, Surgery