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Vanita Ahuja

Associate Professor of Surgery; Chief General Surgery, VA Surgery; Surgery Quality Liaison-Residency, Yale Surgery; Co-Chair Surgery Award Committee, Yale Surgery; Co-Director Geriatric Surgery Committee, VA Surgery; Site Director-Residency, VA Surgery



Dr. Vanita Ahuja is the Chief of General Surgery at the Connecticut Healthcare System-VA, and is the Surgery Quality Liaison for Yale Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Ahuja earned her medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, Maryland. She then attended Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she completed her internship. After completing her internship, Dr. Ahuja went on to complete her residency, which she completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Ahuja is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ahuja most recently was the Director of the surgical residency program at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Ahuja also led the Pennsylvania Consortium ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and serves as a Consultant for the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Ahuja is affiliated with Yale University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, Executive MBA (2016)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship
    John Wayne Cancer Institute (2009)
  • MPH
    Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008)
  • Categorical Resident
    Johns Hopkins (2007)
  • Research Fellowship
    Sinai Hospital (2003)
  • MD
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • BS
    University of Maryland, Electrical Engineering

Professional Service

Society of Alimentary Surgeons Education CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - Present
SSAT Health Care Quality & OutcomesCommittee Member2019 - Present
BMC SurgeryReviewer2019 - Present
Maryland ACSCommittee Member2018 - Present
American Board of SurgeonMember2018 - Present
SurgeryReviewer2018 - Present
Annals of SurgeryReviewer2018 - Present
Maryland American College of Surgeons ChapterBoard Member2017 - Present
Annals of Emergency SurgeryReviewer2017 - Present
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) – Resident Education Committee –planning National Surgical Jeopardy, San Diego, 20162016
Society of University Surgeons PublicationsCommittee Member2016 - Present
Society of University Surgeons PublicationsCommittee Member2016 - Present
Reviewer for ACS Fundamentals of Surgery CurriculumReviewer2016 - Present
Fundamental of Surgery CurriculumReviewer2016 - Present
Lancet for random trials reviewReviewer2015 - Present
Academic Surgical Congress Program CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - 2016
Academic Surgical CongressReviewer2014 - Present
Permanente JournalReviewer2014 - Present
Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) Task Force on Quality Curriculum,Committee Member2013 - Present
Southeastern Surgical Congress Grand Rounds Professor & discussantBoard Member2013 - Present
Journal of American College of SurgeonReviewer2013 - Present
Southeastern Surgical CongressCommittee Member2012 - 2013
Pennsylvania Consortium of American College of Surgeons – National Surgical Quality Improvement ProgramPresident2011 - 2015
Keystone Chapter, American College of Surgeons, & Regional Mock Oral for ResidentsExecutive Committee Member2011 - Present
American SurgeonReviewer2011 - Present
Journal of Surgical EducationReviewer2010 - Present

Departments & Organizations