Residency/Fellowship Education

Pediatric Surgery Training

The Department of Pediatric Surgery promotes excellence in the comprehensive surgical care of children. Our unified group of pediatric surgeons is committed to the practice and teaching of excellence in clinical care. This includes both clinical outcomes and basic laboratory research and the education of pediatric surgery residents, general surgery and pediatric residents, medical students and nursing students.

Our department and hospital offer an excellent opportunity for the clinical and academic training of future pediatric surgeons. These future surgeons will develop a unique expertise in the clinical approach to the surgical problems of childhood, as well as a critical and analytical approach to the evidence-based practice of pediatric surgery.


Pediatric Surgery Residency Brochure

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Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program

Our Surgical Residency Training Program covers general and specialized surgical services for children from infancy through adolescence for a wide array of congenital and acquired conditions. These may include common conditions such as appendicitis and hernias, or more rare and complex conditions such as tumors and multiple congenital diseases.

The training program includes participation in teaching conferences and leadership in multidisciplinary care. Rotations for the first-year resident include pediatric Urology and Neonatology, specifically the resuscitation and stabilization of the acutely ill newborn. The second year emphasizes professional development in administration and leadership of surgical house staff. Learn more about the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program

Lovvorn   Huang

How to apply

The program is an ACGME accredited two-year subspecialty program. It offers one position annually through the National Residency Match Program (NMRP). All applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to the Vanderbilt University / Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Program (ACGME ID 4454721046). 

Interviews are by invitation only.
A complete application is necessary for consideration, including

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation (3 minimum)
  • USMLE Scores Part 1, 2, and 3 
  • ABSITE transcript
  • Any other documents per ERAS

Email Christine Hamby or call (615) 936-1612 with any questions.


A full interview day runs from 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

Invited candidates will receive detailed instructions to help plan for interviews. If you need further assistance, email Christine Hamby or call (615) 936-1612.

Required review materials

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Office of Graduate Medical Education's extensive website includes detailed information for all applicants. Important materials you are required to review as an interview candidate include

Current interns

(2021-2023) Laura Stafman, MD
Sr. Resident
Medical School – University of Florida College of Medicine
General Surgery Residency – University of Alabama, Birmingham

(2022-2024) Maren Shipe, MD, MPH
Jr. Resident
Medical School – University of Washington School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency – VUMC Department of General Surgery