The department was founded in 2004 after formation of "Kanaker-Zeytun" Medical Center on the basis of the former City Hospital N8. Since June 2009, the department has been functioning as "ArtMed" Medical Rehabilitation Center (MRC). The department has 11 wards with 26 beds. It is staffed with highly qualified specialists - 5 surgeons and а chemotherapist. The department also provides chemotherapeutic consultation. The main function of the department is treatment of surgical and oncological diseases. The department operates day and night, providing qualified and specialized emergency and planned surgery for various pathologies. In the department, much attention is paid to achieving satisfactory outcome of treatment and proper quality of life. In this regard, both mild surgical techniques (laparoscopy, harmonic scalpel, linear and circular staplers) and methods for the provision of sufficient space in oncological resections (combined resections, extended lymphodissections) are implemented. Different kinds of reconstructive surgery with or without the formation of reservoirs are conducted to improve the quality of life after extensive resections of the abdominal cavity. The department has significant clinical materials on the basis of which research is carried out on various issues in oncology and surgery. Graduates of Yerevan State Medical University undergo postgraduate training in the department.