General Surgery Residency
I would like to welcome you on behalf of the General Surgery Residents
and Faculty. We are grateful for your interest in the General Surgery
Residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The decision on
where to train as a surgeon is the most important decision in the trajectory
of a surgeon’s career.
St. Mary’s Medical Center's General Surgery Resident Program
offers a five-year ACGME accredited surgery program where residents receive
hands-on experience from day one. Residents of the program are taught
directly by attendings, on a one-on-one basis, and engage in all aspects
of general surgery from surgical procedures to valuable clinic experience.
The program also equips residents with a clear understanding of how to
run a private practice. Graduates of the General Surgery Resident Program
at St. Mary's Medical Center have successfully entered General Surgery
practice or have obtained prestigious fellowships.
Our residents perform a heavy caseload of approximately 300-350 cases yearly.
Throughout each year of the program, training both increases in intensity
and autonomy, which gradually allows the resident more independence in
the operating room while maintaining individual support of an attending.
Furthermore, the General Surgery Resident Program at St. Mary's Medical
Center has a well-established culture that eliminates all competition
among residents for cases. A mixture of both didactic and clinical service
experience is blended into the program to ensure graduates are both intellectually
and technically capable as well as emotionally mature surgeons.
There are a number of factors to be considered when choosing a residency
program and clearly, one of the most important is the track record of
the recent graduates. The training program is intentionally broad-based
and has produced graduates with a wide variety of clinical interests.
St. Mary’s General Surgery Resident Program provides care in a community
based hospital with diverse staff and patients.
I hope that over the course of your interview experience you come away
as excited as I am about our programs.
To educate and train exceptional, well rounded, team-oriented general
surgeons in a community-based setting who can provide excellent, evidence-based
clinical and surgical care to all patients in a variety of settings.
- To produce competent and confident surgeons who can provide a multitude
of surgical options for any given general surgery practice.
- To establish and maintain a strong program that is centered on mentoring,
teaching, friendships, lifelong learning, and overall well-being.
- To provide education and promote health and welfare for patients.
St. Mary’s General Surgery Residency Program is committed to recruiting
diverse individuals to our residency program. In this context, we are
mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status,
race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, spiritual practice, geography,
disability, career goals, and age.
Diversity enhances the educational climate, thoughtfulness in our patient
care, and serves as a catalyst for change ultimately resulting in greater
health care equity.
Equity - To guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for
all trainees, faculty, and staff. To identify and eliminate barriers that
prevent full participation of minority groups.
Diversity - To ensure our program encompasses individuals of diverse race and ethnicity
and from various backgrounds and socioeconomic environments.
Inclusion - To create environments where everyone feels welcomed, respected, supported,
empowered, and valued.
Program Director: Dr. Christie Brock
Dr. Brock graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
in 2007. She completed a General Surgery residency in Brooklyn, NY in
2012, followed by a year of Critical Care Fellowship at the University
of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Brock is Board Certified in General Surgery
and Critical Care. She has a special interest in Women's Health.
Dr. Brock is also an ATLS Instructor and KCUMB Residency & Student
Preceptor and a proud Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
In 2016, Dr. Brock was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of
As the General Surgery Resident Program Director, Dr. Brock is dedicated
to every resident who enters the program. She ensures each resident is
prepared to perform the role of a surgeon at an advanced level expected
of a board-certified specialist.
Dr. Adam Kramer graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine
in 1995. He then completed his General Surgery Residency at Ohio University
in 2000. He has been a Member of the staff at St. Mary’s Medical
Center since 2000 and has served as the Medical Staff President, Chairman
of the Breast Center and a member of numerous other committees during
his time on staff. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Kansas City
University of Medicine and Biosciences and UMKC. Dr. Kramer Has been training
Residents and Medical Students for his entire career.
Dr. Kramer is a Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the
American Hernia Society. He has special interest in Minimally invasive
and Robotic Assisted Surgery. Training Residents is important to Dr. Kramer
for many reasons including: preparing them for future practice and helping
the residents and himself to keep up with the changes in surgical techniques
Dr. Josh Gazzetta
Dr. Josh Gazzetta is a dually Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical
Critical Care. His clinical interest includes hernias, gallbladder, biliary
surgery, cancer care, gastrointestinal surgery, and emergency surgery.
He is a Christian with a special interest in disaster and humanitarian
relief. Outside of the office and hospital, Dr. Gazzetta enjoys spending
as much time as he can outdoors with his fiancé, Erika, and their
“outrageous” dog, Riggs.
- Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
- Internship and Residency: Doctor’s Hospital/Ohio University, Columbus, OH
- Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
How to Apply
Research Experience/Scholarly Activity
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