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    Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program

    Based at Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix Campus, the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program provides educational opportunities for residents in academic, community, Veterans Hospital, and rural settings.

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    The Future of Surgery is
    Here Today

    Opened in 2011, the new Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix Campus 17-suite state-of-the-art operating rooms provide faculty and residents with the most modern and sophisticated technology. Our residents achieve an exceptional operative experience under the tutelage of superb faculty while patients receive the best care.

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    Exposure to the Spectrum of Surgical Care

    From simple out-patient procedures to management of the most critically ill patients, our residents are exposed to the spectrum of care.

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    Didactic Conferences

    Didactic conferences are important for residents’ acquisition of surgical knowledge. Conferences are stressed but don’t have to be “stressful”.

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    Trauma Rotations

    Working alongside experienced trauma surgeons and dedicated trauma nurses in our American College of Surgeons’ verified Level 1 trauma center, our residents “learn from the best how to provide the best” to their critically ill and injured patients.

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    Confidence Comes From Experience

    Active Transplant, Colorectal, Minimally Invasive, Trauma, and Vascular surgical services provide broad and in-depth experiences in cognitive and technical skill development. When our residents complete their training they are confident in their abilities to provide great care as a general surgeon.


The Phoenix Integrated Surgery Residency was one of the first surgical training programs in the Southwest and is proud to have trained more Arizona surgeons than any other program in the country. We provide a comprehensive educational experience involving a wide breadth of patient diseases and operative opportunities in community and academic environments. Our goal is to train a great "general" general surgeon.

The program is based at the Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix Campus (formerly known as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center), a tertiary care referral center ranked as one of the top hospitals in Arizona by US News and World Report. We have a primary affiliation with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix with residents and medical students working closely together. The exceptional faculty, both volunteer and full-time, are especially committed to the training of the next generation of surgeons and surgical leaders. We welcome you to learn more about the people and the program that comprise the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency.


For nearly 50 years the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency has been training physicians to become accomplished and respected surgeons in their communities.

We’ve prided ourselves on giving each resident the experiences, knowledge, and training they need to become an independent, confident, and technically proficient surgeon. We do not have any fellows associated with the program that would compete for cases, our residents and their education are our primary focus.

We have new names!

On February 28, 2015, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center was renamed the Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix to reflect the close academic affiliation between Banner and the University of Arizona. The Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency will continue to have Banner University Medical Center as it's primary teaching facility

On September 4, 2015, we became the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program. This name change reflects the close relationship we have with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and the transfer of sponsorship to the College of Medicine in Phoenix.

Although our names have changed, our culture and dedication to training great "general" general surgeons has not! Our commitment to excellence and our philosophy for training our residents remains unchanged. We look forward to the relationship with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix to build on our strengths.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ogle!

Dr. Sarah Ogle (PISR research resident) won second place at the 2016 American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma National Resident Paper Competition in San Diego. Dr. Ogle's presentation on “Histological and Molecular Evidence of Circuit Remodeling after Diffuse Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury” is the culmination of her basic science research in traumatic brain injury in collaboration with Jonny Lifshitz, PhD at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. The ACS-COT National Resident Paper Competition is an extremely competitive process and the result of her winning the Western regional and Arizona State resident paper competitions. She was one of 16 residents from around the world that were invited to the competition. Congratulations to Dr. Ogle on her success!

Congratulations on the Success of our Chief Residents in the Vascular Surgery Match!

Our chief residents were very successful in this year's Vascular Surgery match: Dr. Tiziano Tallarita matched to Mayo-Rochester, and Dr. Grant Scott matched to West Virginia - Charleston. This follows the success of our 2016 chief residents in the Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery match. Both received their first choices! Dr. Vicki Sein will be doing her Trauma fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Jeff Skubic will be doing his Trauma fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. These programs are considered among the top Trauma and Vascular fellowships in the country and matching to each program is extremely competitive. Congratulations to Tiziano, Grant, Vicki and Jeff at matching to their respective fellowships.

Congratulations to Dr. Mira Milas on induction into the American Surgical Association!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mira Milas, Chief of Endocrine Surgery, on her 2016 induction into the American Surgical Association (ASA)! The American Surgical Association is the oldest and most prestigious surgical society in the United States. Induction into the ASA recognizes individuals that have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the field of Surgery. It is reserved for only the most elite and is an exceptional honor. Congratulations to Dr. Milas on her 2016 induction.

Congratulations to our Recent 2017 Graduates!
Congratulations to our 2016 graduates! All successfully passed the written Qualifying Examination of the American Board of Surgery for a 100% first-time pass rate. They are now eligible to take the ABS Certifying Examination.
Welcome to Our New Interns!
Please welcome our 2017-2018 first year residents:
Categorical Surgery
Takis Bletsis, MD, Indiana University
Colin Bohannan, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University
Seda Bourikian, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Paul "CJ" Lion, MD, Georgetown University
Yafei Ouyang, MD, Baylor School of Medicine
Caitlin Thornley, MD, Georgetown University
Brittany Wheelock, MD, University of Washington
Preliminary Surgery
Bryant Brown, MD, University of Arizona-Phoenix
Alex Gidaya, MD, Eastern Virginia University
Ovninder "Kevin" Johal, MD, University of Arizona-Phoenix
Lydia Taranto, University of Arizona-Tucson
Kenneth Zurcher, MD, University of Arizona-Phoenix
We had an excellent match and look forward to working with a great group of new residents!
BDMC Banner Univ Medical Center BEMC
Phoenix VA UofA College of Medicine Phoenix Childrens Alaska Medical Center

Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency
Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix Campus
925 East McDowell Road, Second Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85006

phone: 602.839.3339 | fax: 602.839.3300