A surgeon is a physician who is trained to perform surgical procedures. It is a profession that demands exceptional manual dexterity and fine motor skills to carry out the techniques needed to investigate disease, repair or remove damaged tissues, or improve the function or appearance of an organ or body part.
It takes no less than 13 years of training and education to become a general surgeon. Those wanting to specialize can expect to add another one to two years to the training. Although physicians can be practiced in other medical specialties (such as ophthalmology, gynecology, podiatry, and dentistry), surgery is its own specialty and a professional dedicated solely to surgical procedures.