General surgeons use surgical procedures to remove disease, repair injuries, and promote health and healing. They also perform diagnostic tests and provide guidance on the need for surgery. These doctors might be called on to perform surgery on almost any part of the body. But they typically focus on treating diseases and injuries of the abdomen, breasts, endocrine system glands, and digestive system organs.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for helping consumers make informed healthcare choices regarding doctors and facilities. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates approximately 4,500 hospitals and healthcare systems on their performances on the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. For each hospital, Healthgrades assigns an overall score for each specialty area based on hospital performance. The top 5% or 10% of hospitals within each specialty area are recognized as Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award™ recipients, as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication scores.