Academic Development & Research

The University of Florida Department of Surgery offers residents ample research opportunities.  Our program is committed to preparing residents for success in academic practice and to give residents the skills they need to add to the body of medical knowledge in the setting of their individual career goals. 

Learn more about ongoing research initiatives in our department.

Our research program at a glance:

  • UF Surgery is a top 25 NIH funded surgery department.
    • NIH T-32 program in Department (Trauma, Inflammation and Sepsis)
    • NIH P-50 Program (Sepsis and Critical Illness)
  • Research time typically occurs after the PGY2 or PGY3 year.
  • Most residents spend two years in the lab.
  • Residents can elect to complete a PhD while in their Academic Development time.
  • Clinical and Research Residents benefit from annual Department Research Day, celebrating and sharing the research accomplishments of our residents and faculty once each year.

Current Residents’ Academic Development Activities:


Camille Apple, MD
“Effects of Severe Traumatic Injury & Chronic Stress on Bone Marrow Dysfunction & Persistent Injury-Associated Anemia”
Supervisor: Dr. Alicia Mohr


Michael Cox, MD
“The Development of Frailty in Older Patients Following Sepsis & Trauma”
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Brakenridge


Craig Elder, MD
“Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms”
Supervisor: Dr. Gilbert Upchurch


Amanda Filiberto, MD
“Evaluating the Impact of Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators on Sex Differences in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation & Rupture”
Supervisor: Dr. Gilbert Upchurch

Russell Hawkins, General Surgery Resident

Russell Hawkins, MD
“Microfluidic Approaches to Understand Human Preterm Neonatal Development & Sepsis”
Supervisor: Dr. Shawn Larson & Dr. Lyle Moldawer


Andrew Martin, MD
“Monocyte & Smooth Muscle Biopsy Associated with Vein Bypass Failure”
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Berceli
“Mouse Iliac Fistula Hind Limb Ischemia Model to Compare to Human Dialysis Access Related Hand Ischemia”
Supervisor: Dr. Salvatore Scali

Patrick Underwood

Patrick Underwood, MD
“Pancreatic Cancer: The Tumor Microenvironment & Cancer Associated Cachexia”
Supervisors: Dr. Steven Hughes & Dr. Jose Trevino

Tiffany Anderson, MD

Surgical Education Fellowship
Stanford Medicine
Goodman Surgical Education Center

Eric Pruitt, MD

“The Geonomic, Metabolomic, and Proteomic Factors at Play in the Development of Vascular Disease”