Research in Surgery

Research in Surgery

Research Opportunities for Surgery Residents

There is a strong tradition of research among the residents at the University of Virginia.  All residents are required to participate in at least one month of dedicated research time.  Some residents may elect to spend a single month during the third clinical year.  Most residents spend one to three years working in a basic or clinical science laboratory.  Some even seize the opportunity to receive a Masters in Public Health or Clinical Sciences during this time.

Resident research can only thrive with appropriate mentorship.  The faculty of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery are committed to research in their own careers as well as to helping residents develop as surgeon-scientists.

Categorical residents are required to submit a research proposal in the winter and present their topic during Resident Research Day in April as a poster or an oral presentation.  Pre-existing work is acceptable, but novel research created for research day also is encouraged.  This frequently also results in this work being presented and published in other forums including presentations at local, regional, or national meetings and publication in peer reviewed journals.

Submission of research primarily for presentation at professional society meetings also is encouraged.  When a resident working with a surgery faculty mentor succeeds in getting an abstract accepted for presentation at a meeting, the resident is given the opportunity to travel to that meeting, present the work, and expenses related to this are covered.


Laboratory Research Interests of the Faculty

Dr. Irving L. Kron Physiology of lung transplantation, spiral cord and renal protection, endothelial physiology, organ preservation
Dr. Craig L. Slingluff, Jr. Tumor immunology, melanoma and tumor biology
Dr. Christine Lau Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and Immunology
Dr. Gorav Ailawadi Aortic Aneurysm Formation
Dr. Gilbert Upchurch Aortic Aneurism, Volume Outcome Effect on Surgery, Gender Deficiencies in Disease
Victor Laubach

Mechanisms of Lung Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury and Compensatory Lung Growth


Clinical Research Interests of the Faculty

Dr. John B. Hanks Endocrine surgery, pancreatic transplantation
Dr. Charles Friel Outcomes in colorectal surgery
Dr. Reid Adams Benign and malignant hepatobiliary diseases
Dr. Irving Kron Cardiothoracic transplantation, vascular surgery
Dr. Eugene McGahren Pediatric neoplasms, ECMO
Dr. Bradley Rodgers Pediatric neoplasms, thoracoscopy
Dr. Robert Sawyer Transplantation, infectious disease, viral hepatitis
Dr. Bruce D. Schirmer GI motility, morbid obesity, laparoscopy
Dr. Craig L. Slingluff, Jr. Melanoma vaccines, immunotherapy of cancer, sentinel node biopsy for melanoma
Dr. Jeff Young Trauma Systems, Trauma Critical Care