The Department of Surgery is currently undertaking a number of research endeavors in an effort to forward our knowledge of the basic sciences and improve patient care. Our physicians are dedicated to achieving quality results while undertaking some of the biggest questions facing the medical and scientific community. The projects we are involved in span our numerous divisions, and include collaborations within the University and with academics at other institutions. Click on one of our research areas below to learn more:
Research in Surgical Oncology
The Lung Transplantation Research Program
The Trauma Service and the UVA Trauma Center have an intense and varied clinical research program.Major areas of study resulting in recent publications include:
- Interhospital vs. Direct Transfer of Major Trauma Patients
- CT vs. DPL in the Diagnosis of Abdominal Injury Following Blunt Trauma
- Lactic Acidosis Correlates with Morbidity and Mortality Following Severe Traumatic Injury
- Blunt Hepatic Trauma
- Coagulopathy in Severe Blunt Head Injury
Presentations from the Trauma Service and the UVA TraumaCenter have won the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Trauma Resident Paper competition for the last three consecutive years.
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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.