What does a Surgeon do?

Surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses in a patient. They operate on patients to treat injuries, including a broken bone, diseases including cancer, tumors, and deformities including cleft palates. Surgeons take a patient’s medical history and update their charts and information to show current findings and relevant treatments. They order tests for nurses and other healthcare staff to perform on the patient and review test results to identify any abnormal findings.

Surgeons recommend and design a plan of treatment for the patient and stand by to address concerns or answer patients’ questions about health and well-being, and they help the patient care for their health by discussing topics including proper nutrition and hygiene. Surgeons use various instruments to correct physical deformities, repair bones or tissues after an injury, or to perform preventive or elective surgeries for a patient. Some perform general surgery, while others specialize in a specific area, including orthopedic surgery, or cardiovascular surgery. Surgeons need a bachelor's degree in premedical studies with a concentration in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. They need four years of medical school followed by the appropriate residency requirements. A surgeon must be licensed to the specified requirements by their state, and they must have completed training in their specialty. Surgeons must also pass a standardized national licensure exam.

What responsibilities are common for Surgeon jobs?
  • Ensure the practices/departmental financial performance meets or exceeds budget.
  • An active liaison between physicians, nursing, diagnostic services and transferring facilities.
  • Ensure practices/departments perform revenue cycle functions in a manner consistent with established policies.
  • Ensure staff members remain in compliance with continuing education requirements.
  • Ensure practice/departmental operations adhere in all respects to applicable operational policies, procedures and standards, covering all aspects of practice/department operations.
  • Prepare, monitor, and evaluate departmental budgets, and ensure that the department operates in compliance with allocated funding.
  • Facilitate unit quality activities and implementing changes to improve care or processes.
  • Establish and maintain, effective relationships with customers including surgeons, nurses, operating room staff and hospital administration.
  • Provide clinical oversight to assigned patient population to include staff's competency and assignments.
  • Evaluate, identify, and implement initiatives that service to reduce costs or increase revenues.
What are the typical qualifications for Surgeon jobs?
  • Graduate Degree in business or consumer science.
  • Demonstrated superior leadership abilities.
  • Able to collaborate effectively with staff and administration.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Fluent with writing protocols and strong command of the English language.
  • Meticulous attention to detail is a must.
Education--
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Surgeon make?

Confident
$311,726 /yr
Total Pay
$270,042
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$41,684
 /yr

Additional Pay

$311,726

 / yr
$181K$570K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Surgeon Career Path

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Surgeon

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
7%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
1%
8+
77%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Surgeon Insights

Read what Surgeon professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Isfahan University Of Medical Sciences
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Aug 14, 2022

“It was friendly and good”

Saudi German Hospitals GroupSaudi German Hospitals Group
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Apr 25, 2021

“team work and employment satisfaction”

DocPlannerDocPlanner
Surgeon
Mar 25, 2022

“It was good to work there”

South Peninsula HospitalSouth Peninsula Hospital
Surgeon
May 27, 2021

“Good for working here ok”

South Peninsula HospitalSouth Peninsula Hospital
Surgeon
May 27, 2021

“None it is good to work”

Sussex TreeSussex Tree
Tree Surgeon
Apr 2, 2022

“Paid holidays are nice”

Cleveland ClinicCleveland Clinic
Surgeon
Apr 5, 2022

“Work life balance was able to cope with my life style”

Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research InstituteBhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute
Consultant Surgeon
Sep 19, 2022

“Good learning opportunities for doctors”

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