surgical research programs are extensive and productive and cover a
wide range of research areas. The faculty is encouraged to participate
in national scholastic activities and serves on numerous editorial
boards of peer-reviewed journals and NIH study sections. Grant support
of research programs is provided by the National Institutes of Health,
the American Cancer Society, the Moody Foundation, the Sealy & Smith
Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science
Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and various commercial
entities. The department supports many laboratories occupying more than
14,500 square feet. Faculty members are committed to acquiring new
knowledge, and residents are encouraged to participate in both clinical
and laboratory research. Some of the major research projects include
gastrointestinal endocrinology, metabolism, head injury, spinal injury,
heart preservation, transplantation and immunology, and burn injuries.
The Department of Surgery offers approved residency training programs
in general surgery, neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
plastic surgery, urology, and vascular surgery.
Simulation-based training is now a component of all five years of
general surgery residency. Interns participate in a "Boot Camp" program
of simulation center workshops on basic surgical skills from
suturing/knot-tying to chest tubes and ultrasound-guided central venous
catheter placement. These sessions are taught by faculty and senior
residents. All residents complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic
Surgery (FLS) curriculum prior to performing laparoscopic cases.
Twice-monthly workshops in the Simulation Center cover a range of topics
from vascular and GI anastomoses to advanced laparoscopic and robotic
procedures. Simulation is also used to teach and assess core
competencies such as communication, professionalism and systems-based
practice. The Simulation Center is home to a variety of specialized
curricula, educational research projects and quality improvement
The Department of Surgery has two NIH-funded T32 training grants. For more information, please follow the links below.
Research in Gastrointestinal Diseases Training Grant
Shriners Hospitals for Children Training Grant