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From the Director of the Residency Program:

Welcome to the University of Florida Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program! 

We were honored to be the first ACGME-accredited pediatric surgery training program in Florida, and remain the only University-based pediatric surgery residency in the state. We are in the match every other year as a single resident program allowing maximal exposure to index cases. The intensive two-year training program includes all aspects of pediatric surgery. In the first year, residents spend up to 2 months on electives which include neonatology and pediatric critical care. The second year is spent entirely on the pediatric surgery service. Further opportunities in pediatric congenital heart surgery and pediatric urology may be made available as desired by the resident.

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at UF was established in 1967 under the leadership of Dr. James L. Talbert after his arrival from Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Our division has three full-time, board-certified pediatric surgeons, excellent clinical outcomes and basic science research programs, and a significant educational focus.  The graduates of our residency program have gone on to pursue academic surgical careers.

In addition to the traditional realms in pediatric surgery, highlights of our program include special expertise in minimally invasive techniques, neonatal surgery (in particular, congenital diaphragmatic hernia), ECMO, burn and trauma care, and oncologic surgery.  The operative experience is rigorous and rewarding.  We have productive clinical research programs in which residents are encouraged to participate.  Residents are present in faculty clinic once a week, to establish a solid outpatient care and work-up perspective.

The organized didactic component of the residency includes a weekly case conference and a subject conference, which is based on the required contents from the American Board of Surgery, and the SCORE curriculum.

Additionally, there is a twice-monthly divisional morbidity and mortality conference. Multi-disciplinary conferences that the pediatric surgery residents attend are tumor board, ECMO M&M, and PICU case conferences.   

Applications are accepted through ERAS and unless specified, we participate in the match through the NRMP.  Applicants must have completed training in an ACGME-accredited residency in general surgery, or scheduled to have done so at the time of starting the residency.

Gainesville is a terrific place to live, with wonderful opportunities for you and your family. Beaches and world-renowned amusement parks are easy weekend getaways, within a two hours’ drive.  The Gainesville public school system is excellent, and the college environment is stimulating and fun. We welcome queries and would be delighted to answer any questions.

For more information regarding the Pediatric Surgery Residency Program, please contact me at 352.273.8825 or

Saleem Islam, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency Program

UF Pediatric Surgery Residency Graduates

Year Name General Surgery Residency Training Current
2018 Faraz Khan, MBBS
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
2016-2018 Pediatric Surgery Fellow
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
2016 Daniel Solomon, MD
Yale-New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT

Department of Surgery
Yale University
New Haven, CT
2015 Constance Lee, MD University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
2014 Ana Ruzic, MD
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Division of Pediatric Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
2013 Anne Kim, MD University of California – Davis
Sacramento, CA
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, OH
2012 Ami Shah, MD University of Illinois
Chicago, IL
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL
2011 Belinda Dickie, MD, PhD University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Department of Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA
2010 Scott Anderson, MD University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Division of Pediatric Surgery
University of Alabama – Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
2009 Heather Paddock, MD University of Florida
Jacksonville, FL
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Loyola University
Maywood, IL