The Department of Surgery is committed to providing excellent research opportunities for their residents. Most residents dedicate 1-2 years between their clinical 3rd and 4th year to pursue their research interests or work on career development.  This time is very flexible and can be spent doing anything from basic science research or clinical outcomes research to pursuing an advanced degree in another field.  This time is funded by the program and residents are not expected to secure their own funding.  The department established the Surgical Research Committee to help align residents with faculty currently involved in research and to provide research/career guidance and mentorship. 

View the 2019 Surgery Research Symposium Program Book

View the 2018 Surgery Research Symposium Program Book

View the 2017 Surgery Research Symposium Program Book

View the 2016 Surgery Research Symposium Program Book


  • Liver Packing for Trauma (QuikAid vs. Combat Gauze)
  • In flight ECMO analysis on effects of tilt in swine model
  • In flight ECMO analysis of altitude in swine model
  • Impact of Jejunal-Ileal anastomosis with Magnamosis in Animal Model on Metabolic Syndrome
  • Expression of glucocorticoid receptors and isoforms in presence of lipopolysacchrairde
  • Analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms in glucocorticoid receptors and the response to steroids
  • Comparison of two biological matrices to regenerate carotid artery
  • Development of regenerative biological vascular interposition graft in swine model
  • Creation of HD access site using regenerative technology in swine/sheep model
  • Correlation of time of day/ month/ temperature with pediatric trauma
  • Examination of critical care in service examination with outcomes of critical care written boards
  • Use of selective hypothermia in a swine model with TBI and polytrauma
  • Examination of static vs. dynamic surgical simulation in trauma training
  • Attitudes of critical care fellows towards global health as a future career
  • Analysis of stem cell use in calvarial regeneration in a rat model
  • Identification of optimal media for In vivo culture of breast cancer cells
  • In vitro and In vivo analysis of interaction between breast cancer cells and adipose derived stem cells
  • Microscopic vs. Standard Skin Closure in an Animal Model
  • Alloderm vs. Allomax in immediate Breast Reconstruction
  • Collagenase Santyl for Adipose Tissue Digestion and Stem Cell Isolation
  • Impact of Postoperative Showering on Surgical Site Infections
  • Optimizing Surgical Resident’s Patient Handoff: It Happens More than We Think
  • Use of PATCH to improve trauma patient satisfaction scores and reduce readmission rates
  • Doing More With Less: Surgical Training Model for CV Catheter Placement
  • In Utero use of stem cells in treating spina bifida
  • Analysis of factors preventing preterm labor in sheep models