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The Department of Surgery has more than thirty (30) full-time faculty, and consists of the Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma, Burns and Critical Care, Urology and Vascular Surgery.
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery performs more than 300 procedures yearly. The faculty is proficient in minimally invasive cardiothoracic procedures.
More than 300 minimally invasive operations are performed in the Division of General Surgery yearly. There is also an abundance of endoscopy, including ERCP and interventional endoscopy. There are a large number of endocrine and complex abdominal procedures done as well.
Treatment of complex spinal disorders, trauma, intra-cranial tumors and vascular diseases are important components of the Division of Neurological Surgery. The volume of operations has increased substantially in the past two years.
The Division of Ophthalmology see more than 20,000 outpatients yearly. There are a large number of operative procedures done by faculty members who are experts in the subspecialties of Ophthalmology.
The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has a hospital-based Residency Program that is among the most competitive residencies in the nation. There are a variety of dentoalveolar, trauma, orthognathic, and oral pathology problems that provide a broad range of experience within the Residency Program.
The Division of Pediatric Surgery supports a large Pediatric Inpatient Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Level-3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
There are a large number of complex procedures performed by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This division has special expertise in hand surgery and has a complement of Plastic Surgery Residents who rotate throughout the service.
The Division of Surgical Oncology provides special expertise in diseases of the breast, skin (melanoma), and complex oncologic problems. Innovative techniques such as sentinel lymph node biopsy and radiofrequency ablation are incorporated into the service.
The Division of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care provides care to more than 2,400 adults and children admitted yearly to Cleveland's Level I Trauma Center. Two Trauma teams provide the care for severely injured patients. The Burn Unit admits 200 patients a year with serious thermal injuries. There is an RRC-approved Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and a large number of seriously ill patients to support education in this area.
The Division of Urology is expert in the care of patients with disorders of the genitourinary system, including neoplasms, prostatic disease, trauma, incontinence, and disorders of sexual function.
A large number of patients with a variety of vascular diseases are cared for by the Division of Vascular Surgery. There is significant experience with non-invasive vascular studies and a growing experience in endovascular procedures.
MetroHealth Medical Center's Department of Surgery serves as a major teaching hospital for Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Affiliated Programs in Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Ophthalmology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Urology. In addition, there is the residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery based at the hospital. Residents from other MetroHealth Medical Center-based Residency Programs rotate through the various services, as well as residents from other institutions in Northeastern Ohio.