The Surgical Education Gem of the South

Mission: “We create the surgical leaders of tomorrow to meet the needs of the people of Georgia and beyond.” 

Dr. Holsten

Steven B. Holsten Jr., MD, FACS, MBA

Interim Program Director
General Surgery Residency


I would like to welcome you on behalf of the AU Department of Surgery! We strive to train motivated, confident, technically skilled, and compassionate general surgeons. The ultimate goal is that our surgeons, will be leaders in the future of their chosen field regardless of their practice environment. Our program has a legacy amongst its alumni of academic achievement, operative, and clinical excellence. 

Our faculty bring a depth of clinical experience in every sub-specialty. Rural surgery rotations provide the ‘bread and butter’ of general surgery cases to each resident and a diversity of clinical settings. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our community and the healthcare of Georgia. Residents will have unique career goals and interests. The objective is to provide the mentorship, networking, and research opportunities to facilitate their development. We are focused on our residents being well prepared for care of the patient inside and outside of the operating room. Learners have protected time for resident education tailored for their PGY level. The department of surgery has a robust simulation curriculum that affords residents unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience with the latest surgical innovations. We value integrity, collaboration and diversity. These are the forces behind what we do for patients and for resident education. Our residents’ voices are central to the success of our program. I am immensely proud of our trainees! It is a priority to meet with them regularly and incorporate their creative solutions into the missions of the program.

The decision to enter a career in General Surgery is an important one. We are confident that you will gain critical skills for lifelong learning, have opportunities for research, and quickly become technically savvy in open robotic and laparoscopic surgery.  

Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city that offers nice weather year -round, affordability, great restaurants, and outdoor activities. We appreciate your interest in our program and welcome the opportunity to get to know you!


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