Research Opportunities for Residents

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.

Resident Research Day 2016

Laboratory Research Interests of the Faculty

Dr. Craig L. Slingluff, Jr.

Tumor immunology, melanoma and tumor biology

Dr. Christine Lau

Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and Immunology

Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

Aortic Aneurysm Formation

Dr. Victor Laubach, PhD

Mechanisms of Lung Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury and Compensatory Lung Growth

Clinical Research Interests of the Faculty

Dr. John B. Hanks

Endocrine surgery, pancreatic transplantation

Dr. Charles Friel

Outcomes in colorectal surgery

Dr. Traci Hedrick

Outcomes in colorectal surgery

Dr. Reid Adams

Benign and malignant hepatobiliary diseases

Dr. Eugene McGahren

Pediatric neoplasms, ECMO

Dr. Bruce D. Schirmer

GI motility, morbid obesity, laparoscopy

Dr. Craig L. Slingluff, Jr.

Melanoma vaccines, immunotherapy of cancer, sentinel node biopsy for melanoma

Dr. Jeff Young

Trauma Systems, Trauma Critical Care