Surgical Research

Jamie in Lab


The 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 efforts.

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