Get to know Heather Geist, MD, general surgery resident.

Career goal: Throughout my career, I hope to always strive toward providing meaningful health care and to be a positive influence for my community.

“I see how LVHN providers transform and save lives, and being able to do this in my own backyard is even more meaningful.” 

What makes your LVHN training program different from others across the country?

At LVHN we have a high volume of surgical and trauma cases that allow for hands-on experience very early in training. While training here, you will be constantly challenged and are well equipped to handle a large variety of clinical presentations.

What has been the most unique part of your training experience so far?

As someone who has grown up near the Lehigh Valley, training at LVHN has allowed me to impact my community in an entirely new way. I regularly see how LVHN providers transform and save lives, and being able to do this in my own backyard is even more meaningful.

What is one memory you have from your training so far that will stick with you for your career?

There are many moments I will carry with me throughout my career, but the memories that stick with me most are the ones in which I played an active role guiding families and patients through difficult decisions. Helping people walk through a challenging diagnosis or postoperative course reminds me regularly of the impact I can and do have in people’s lives.

What is one piece of advice you would share with someone as they select a training program?

Choosing a residency program helps to launch your career as a physician. When looking for a program, ensure it is a place where you can see yourself finding success and that you will feel supported by your colleagues and co-residents.

What does it mean to be a resident at LVHN?

As a resident at LVHN, you are a part of a special group of training physicians that is passionate and actively involved in the ever-changing front lines of health care. I am thankful to be surrounded by a community of people I can rely on and share my experiences with regularly.

General Surgery Residency

Learn more about LVHN’s General Surgery Residency program.

Program overview