There is a strong tradition of research among the residents at the University of Virginia. 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 results in 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.
Heart valve disease, Aortic surgery, TAVR, New valvular technology, Novel trails in cardiac surgery, Innovative cardiac surgery technologies, Endocarditis, Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), Health policy, Health outcomes, Health care delivery
Improved accuracy and efficiency of the clinical and radiographic workup of diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas. Results of surgical treatment for diseases of the endocrine system. Effective, efficient and safe training of surgery residents and medical students including the role of simulation.
Clinical outcomes research aimed at improving healthcare delivery and outcomes among patients with hepatopancreatobiliary diseases; access to care; clinical trials; translational research; intervention studies
Carotid stenosis and diseases of the supra-aortic trunk arteries supplying the arms and brain; aortic aneurysms and occlusive disease, including blockages in the aorta and its branches to the legs and abdominal organs
Molecular mechanisms underlying vascular disease with the goal of developing new treatments relying on innovative methods of drug delivery
Health Policy; open surgical and endovascular treatment of aortic, peripheral vascular, renal and mesenteric occlusive disease; treatment of carotid stenosis and cerebrovascular disease; medical management of vascular disease; treatment of varicose and spider veins
R. Scott Jones
Community level socioeconomic status association with surgical outcomes and resource utilization; predicting postoperative pulmonary complication; Surgical quality improvement
Beth Turrentine, PhD
Surgical outcomes research
Applications to our program are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS AAMC).