Mary Katherine Kimbrough, M.D.

Dr. Katie Kimbrough, Residency Program Director

The General Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME-approved clinical program encompassing 60-months of clinical training in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties, didactic discussions of current surgical literature and practice, as well as a surgical skills training. A twelve- to twenty-four-month experience in basic, translational, or clinical research is available for those individuals who wish to examine a clinical problem in detail.

The goal of our residency program is to produce surgeons who possess the confidence, skill and experience necessary to succeed in whatever practice setting that they desire, whether private practice general surgery in a small community hospital or a surgical sub-specialist who practices in a large university hospital.

Our residency is characterized by:

  1. Involvement of our residents across the continuum of patient care;
  2. Graded responsibility and autonomy for patient care based upon the resident’s experience and knowledge;
  3. A curriculum that integrates programs of self-study, general and specialty surgical conferences, case-based learning modules, surgical skills laboratories, and assessment;
  4. Exposure to general and specialty surgical practices in academic and private practice settings in urban and rural environments; and
  5. A culture of inquiry, excellence, altruism, professionalism and integrity.


Our program selects bright, highly-motivated residents and prides itself on early operative exposure, progressive resident autonomy and flexibility tailored to meet individual learning and career goals. We take five categorical residents into our program each year. These individuals generally come from medical schools within the United States.

Our residents generally finish the program having performed about 800 major operative procedures and 150 endoscopic procedures. Graduating chief residents have entered fellowship training programs in vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, breast surgery, surgical critical care and minimally invasive surgery. Upon graduation, approximately 28% of residents join general private practices, 58% pursue specialty fellowship training, and 5% accept positions in hospital-based general surgery.  Over the last 10 years, 52% of our graduates have chosen to practice in Arkansas.