The Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch has a rich history as the first Department of Surgery in Texas. The Institution and Department have been a fertile ground for developing academic surgical leaders since the turn of the
century. Educating and training surgeons of the future continues to be the core focus of the Department. In doing so, there is a focus on striving for scientific excellence and novel investigation to advance the science of surgery. In 2013, The Department
of Surgery ranked 1st in Texas and 33rd nationally in NIH funding among Surgery Departments highlighting the quality of work being performed by members of the department. The Department also has two T32 training grants designed to provide surgical
trainees with a protected opportunity to be exposed to a research experience during their training. Our research efforts also focus on surgical education where the recently completed Sealy & Smith Laboratory for Surgical
Training, Assessment & Research (LSTAR) has allowed us to expand our academic focus on optimizing learning experiences for surgical trainees and faculty.