Research interests in the Department of Surgery are diverse. Our faculty, residents and fellows are conducting translational research and research to assess and improve outcomes. The department has five areas of investigations: cell death and signaling, inflammation biology and surgical science, vascular biology, and population science and outcomes research, and finally, stem cell science and regenerative medicine. The department currently has more than $15 million in research awards and grants, of which more than $12 million is funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Research also is a key part of our surgical training program. All residents are required to complete a research project prior to graduation. Two residents from each training year take time out from their clinical education and enter the lab to gain valuable basic science research experience. Some surgical residents select to extend their research time to earn a PhD through UF’s Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences. The department holds two T32 National Institutes of Health-funded training grants, which support resident research time in the laboratory.