Department of Surgery

General Surgery Residency


Michael Tarnoff, MD is a surgeon at Tufts Medical Center.I am honored to be the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine! We are incredibly proud of our General Surgical residency program which is known widely for offering clinical and academic rigor in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. .

Our program offers a well-balanced clinical education including on site Level I trauma, state of the art critical care, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery, comprehensive surgical oncology programs including thoracic, colorectal, breast, endocrine and abdominal solid organ, kidney transplantation and the full spectrum of adult and pediatric surgical sub-specialties. 

We proudly offer protected time for our didactic program which occurs 4 hours per week and features lectures by faculty as well as seminars including dry lab Minimally Invasive Surgery training. We strongly encourage, but do not require, time off for research, usually after the third year of clinical training. We emphasize flexibility and encourage our residents to follow their passion as they put this experience together. Our location in Boston, a true hub for biomedical research, allows our residents to choose from a vast array of research opportunities at the Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine or other local or nationally renowned research institutions. 

We all take pride in the results our residents have achieved to date. Over 90% of our residents pursue post-residency training and take positions at some of the most competitive programs in the country. Our most recent graduates have pursued fellowship training in Vascular Surgery (at University of Vermont Medical Center), in Burns (at John Hopkins) and in Minimally Invasive Surgery (at Lahey Clinic).  Learn more about our alumni >

Thank you for taking the time to explore the General Surgery Residency program at Tufts Medical Center. I hope that we peaked your interest! Please contact me with any questions.

Michael Tarnoff, MD, FACS
Associate Professor and Chairman of Surgery
Department of Surgery 
Tufts Medical Center & Tufts University School of Medicine