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:

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Erik Anderson, MD
“Short-Term Dietary Protein Restriction Modulation of Skeletal Muscle Bioenergetics and Innate Immunity” & “Mechanisms of Hand Dysfunction after Dialysis Access Surgery “

Supervisors: Dr. Scott Berceli & Dr. Salvatore Scali



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

Supervisor: Dr. Gilbert Upchurch


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Andrea Riner, MD

“Investigation of racial/ethnic disparities in pancreatic cancer and its associated cachexia”

Supervisor: Dr. Steven J. Hughes


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Nicholas Laconi, MD

“Implementation of Robotic Skills Simulation Curriculum and the Impact on Resident Task Performance”

Supervisor: Dr. George A. Sarosi, Jr.


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Brittany Fenner, MD

“Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs) as a Therapeutic Target in Neonatal Sepsis” & “Microfluidic Approaches to Understand Human Preterm Neonatal Development & Sepsis”

Supervisors: Dr. Shawn Larson & Dr. Lyle Moldawer


Eric Pruitt, MD

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