The Kern Medical Center Department of Surgery is both an academic and clinical department. We provide comprehensive surgical care to residents of Kern County. The scope of service includes general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, general and advanced laparoscopic surgery, oncological surgery, Neurosurgery, urological surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Ophthalmology and limited pediatric surgery. The department is an integral part of the recently designated Level II trauma center servicing Kern County and southern Tulare County.
Academically, the department sponsors a General Surgery residency program fully accredited by the ACGME. Graduates of the program have become successful practicing surgeons both in academic centers and in private practice. The department also provides third and fourth year medical students with a clinical clerkship. The department continues to actively participate in clinical research and is a regional leader in the advancement of academic and clinical surgery.