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The Department of Surgery

Since the department’s inception on May 6, 1868 with the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Reyburn, MD, the department has plated a dominant role in the life of the Howard University College of Medicine, the historical Freedman’s Hospital and Howard University Hospital.

The Department of Surgery includes specialized surgical centers of excellence. Key areas are:

  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery

With the central goal of emboldening core surgical programs and offering division-based surgical expertise, the department recruits and collaborates with other Howard University Hospital departments to offer division-based surgical services that include but are not limited to:

  • Urology Surgery
  • Podiatry Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Neurosurgery 

Meet the Chair

Edward E. Cornwell, M.D., FACS, FCCM
Surgeon-In-Chief, Howard University Hospital
Chairman, Department of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

Related Events

Annual Sickle Cell Education Day

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Howard University Hospital will serve as a pick up and drop off point for the 8th Annual Sickle Cell Education Day in Annapolis, MD.


Howard University Blood Drive

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Committed, regular blood donors are the backbone of every community blood program. Howard University Hospital and Virginia Blood Services take pride in helping maintain a reliable blood supply year round.


Heart Healthy: Wellness and Prevention Day

Friday, February 26, 2016

Information regarding heart health and tips for prevention heart disease.

The Department of Surgery Howard University Hospital
Towers Building
Suite 4000 
2041 Georgia Ave, NW 
Washington, DC 20060

Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday
8:30am - 5:00pm