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The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system

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upper valley mapDartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) is New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serving a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,800 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). DHMC was named in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions.

DHMC is located in Lebanon, NH, at the central western border of New Hampshire, adjacent to Vermont. We see patients from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Maine. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has a network of member hospitals and clinics.

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Program information

Welcome to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Surgery

We are living in unprecedented times. With the COVID pandemic, not only have we seen incredibly accelerated change, but also incredible resiliency and opportunity to impact our future. Throughout all of this, I have had every reason to be proud of our surgeons and our health system—there has been an unwavering commitment to outstanding patient care and care of each other.

I am also proud that our educational mission remains stronger than ever and in General Surgery, this is largely due to the dynamic team of Drs. Kari Rosenkranz (General Surgery Program Director), D. Joshua Mancini (Associate Program Director) and Joseph Phillips (Associate Program Director). Along with colleagues across our 11 Sections, you couldn’t ask for a better group of surgeons and educators as your teaching faculty.

The Match is an exciting time—one that most of us remember throughout our careers. This year will be no different from that perspective, but wholly different from every other year. Be “all in.” Engage in the process and embrace opportunities. You’ll find that Dartmouth offers robust clinical training and unique opportunities for personal and professional growth over the course of a five, six, or seven year training period.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your bright futures unfold!

With my best wishes,
Sandra L. Wong, MD MS
Chair, Department of Surgery
William N and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery

For prospective residents

Welcome to Dartmouth General Surgery!

We hope that our website will give you a glimpse of the outstanding clinical training you can expect at Dartmouth while highlighting the beautiful, rural environment in which we provide it. Dartmouth-Hitchcock residents and faculty work hard but also have the luxury of a beautiful surrounding area in which to achieve a good work-life balance. The program self-selects for individuals with intelligence and work ethic who also value balance, family, and outdoor activities. We celebrate and value diversity. We are fully committed to providing a non-judgmental environment in which all residents feel respected and valued regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender identity. Although the COVID 19 pandemic has reshaped the ways in which you will see and understand programs, we are hopeful that our culture will be reflected in the pages before you and across the internet when you virtually visit. At Dartmouth you will find a culture of support, expectations and close interactions. As many have observed, if we were to summarize our culture in one word, it would be “camaraderie”.

Learning at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Do not let the rural environment fool you. Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a 450-bed quaternary care facility with a catchment area of over 1.5 million patients. You will train with highly sub-specialized surgical staff in a residency encumbered by few fellowships. We have high standards for performance and will help you to achieve your goals in surgery. You will have an opportunity after your second or third year to perform basic science, clinical or outcomes research and achieve a Masters in health care delivery or public health. We view non-clinical time as career development for you. We will help you creatively fill these year(s) in any way you feel you will advance your career. Our trainees match into competitive fellowships in: Cardiac and thoracic surgery Pediatric surgery Surgical oncology Vascular surgery Breast Surgery Trauma/ Acute Care Minimally invasive surgery Critical Care Those who opt for general surgery practice feel well trained to do so after their five clinical years here. Our board passage rate is excellent. We have a well-defined didactic and simulation curriculum with protected time for all residents. We hope our website offers information that will be useful to you in your search for a general surgery training program. We are committed to providing a quality educational experience with expectations for excellence in an environment that fosters and values outside interests and family life.

Best of luck in your interview process!

Kari Rosenkranz, MD
Program Director

David J. Mancini, MD
Associate Program Director

Joseph D. Phillips, MD
Associate Program Director

General Surgery Residency Team

Sandra Wong, MD, MS

Sandra Wong, MD, MS
Chair of Department of Surgery

Program leadership

Kari M. Rosenkranz, MD

Kari M. Rosenkranz, MD
Program Director

D. Josh Mancini, MD

D. Josh Mancini, MD
Associate Program Director

Joseph Phillips, MD

Joseph Phillips, MD
Associate Program Director

Amy Davis

Amy Davis
Program Coordinator
Hobbies: watching my kids sporting events, hiking, traveling, swimming

Match communication code of conduct

We follow the NRMP guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.

Contact us

Phone: 603.650.7692 (Program Coordinator) (Program Director)

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Upper valley life

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Lebanon, New Hampshire was Rated Best Small Town in America. There are many outdoor activities available in the Upper Valley for all seasons. Activities include:

  • Road biking, gravel biking, fat tire biking, mountain biking
  • Hiking in the white mountains of New Hampshire, the green mountains of Vermont, hiking segments of the Appalachian trail, the Long Trail (Vermont)
  • Running
  • Rock climbing, ice climbing
  • Swimming outdoors and indoor facilities during the winter
  • Sailing, water skiing on many lakes
  • Kayaking, sculling, rowing canoeing, paddle boarding on Connecticut River or lakes
  • Skiing, alpine, XC, back country
  • Ice skating, hockey
  • Maple sugaring

Hood MuseumThe cultural opportunities in the upper Valley are similar to towns of 300,000 or more, likely due to the influences of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

  • Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College has numerous theatre events, concerts, films, including 5-6 films previewed for the Telluride film festival before public viewing.
  • Opera North and the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH, provide high quality theatre and opera productions, in addition to live concerts.
  • Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, is the preeminent year-round theater company in the region, offering professional productions of world premieres, classics, and musicals.
  • Museums: the Hood Museum (photo shown on right, courtesy of Dartmouth) at Dartmouth; Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT
  • Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences
  • The Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) strives to form and support partnerships with any town, organization or person in the Upper Valley willing to work on the improvement and sustainable development of public trails.

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For more on life in the upper valley, visit this web page.

City distances:

  • Boston: 2 – 2.5 hours by Dartmouth Coach
  • NYC: 4 hours by Dartmouth Coach
  • Montreal: 3 hours by car
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