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      Aloha! On behalf of the General Surgery Residency, I sincerely welcome you to our website. Imagine the combination of a tropical paradise and a premier general surgery training program all in one place. Hard to imagine? Then let me introduce you to one of the Army’s top surgery training programs located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our residency is unique in that we are fully integrated with a tertiary civilian hospital, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. The combination of our medical centers provides residents with an excellent surgical experience in both breadth and scope of cases.

    The General Surgery Residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is currently accredited through 2015 by the Residency Review Committee for Surgery. The residency includes five clinical years and one research year between the 2nd and 3rd clinical years. Our mission at Tripler is the education and development of safe, competent general surgeons who will enhance the surgical profession, as well as reflect favorably on Tripler Army Medical Center, the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and the community of military surgeons.

     Over the last five years, our residents have graduated with an average of over 1100 cases. Combined, Tripler and Kaiser generate over 5000 general and vascular surgery cases per year. Additional outside rotations include general surgery at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, trauma at LA County/ USC Medical Center (Level 1 Trauma Center with over 4,500 trauma cases per year), transplant at INOVA Fairfax in Virginia, and burns at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Tripler is also very proud to be home to a dually accredited surgical simulation center offering state of the art simulation experience.

     Finally, the Tripler Army Medical Center General Surgery Residency embodies “Ohana”, the Hawaiian word for family. We work hard, but also believe that life is to be lived to the fullest, taking advantage of our surroundings and all that island life has to offer. Come out to paradise and take a look for yourself. For more information please contact our program coordinators, Coy Blanco ( or Lezet Pena (; phone 808-433-3479/3295.

Mahalo nui loa!

Dwight C. Kellicut, M.D., FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency

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