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General Surgeon job description

A General Surgeon is a medical professional who performs surgeries and other procedures for patients who suffer from different medical conditions.

Use this General Surgeon job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

General Surgeon responsibilities include:

  • Performing surgical procedures to address various medical needs for their patients
  • Examine patients and make diagnoses to determine the need for surgery
  • Review patient medical history and plan the best procedure for treatment

Job brief

We are looking for a General Surgeon to join our team and perform a variety of surgical procedures on our patients in our health facilities. 

A General Surgeon’s responsibilities include educating patients on their surgical options, preparing patients for surgery and leading surgeries as needed.

Ultimately, you will work with a team of medical professionals overseeing the medical and surgical care of patients.


  • Evaluate and advise patients on the risk involved with having surgery
  • Perform surgical procedures to prevent or correct injury, disease, deformities and patient function while adhering to regulatory and ethical protocols
  • Follow established surgical techniques during surgery
  • Prescribe preoperative and postoperative treatment and procedures
  • Ensure sterility in the operating room, and all equipment and instruments
  • Direct and coordinate activities of hospital staff for proper patient care
  • Oversee all treatment prior to and post-surgery, and identify associated risks
  • Maintain the highest regard for patient dignity and observe the precepts of the American Hospital Associations Bill of Rights for patients
  • Plan and execute disease/illness prevention and health promotion programs

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a General Surgeon or similar role
  • Fantastic manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and visuospatial awareness
  • Superb organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent decision-making skills and communication
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Emotionally resilient with the ability to make patients feel at ease
  • Great management and leadership skills
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a General Surgeon

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