Research (old)

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The Department of Surgery is engaged in a wide range of research in an effort to forward our knowledge of the basic sciences and improve patient care. We are dedicated to achieving quality results while addressing some of the biggest questions facing the medical and scientific community. The projects we are involved in span our numerous surgical divisions, and include collaborations within the University and with academics at other institutions.


Craig L. Slingluff, Jr., MD

Vice Chair of Research
Professor of Surgical Oncology

Shayna L. Showalter, MD

Deputy Vice Chair, Research
Associate Professor of Surgery

Victor M. Zaydfudim, MD

Director, Health Services Research
Associate Professor of Surgery

The Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center (STAC)

The Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center (STAC) at the University of Virginia (UVA) is an academic research center dedicated to the development of innovations in the field of surgery in order to improve the clinical care of patients.

Vascular Research Lab

Our basic scientific research facility is one of the few labs in the nation that is dedicated solely to the basic scientific research of aortic aneurysm. It is headed by two principle investigators: Dr. Gorav Ailawadi and Dr. Gilbert R. Upchurch.

Thoracic Immunology Lab

The Thoracic Immunology Lab at the University of Virginia is studying various aspects of pulmonary immune response, with respect to lung cancer and organ transplantation.

Summer Diabetes Research Internship 2020

The diabetes research program at UVA is a ten-week summer internship for undergraduates with a focus on diabetes research. The program is sponsored by NIH NIDDK R25 training program, Department of Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Echols Scholar Program.

Research in Surgical Oncology

The main focus of our laboratory is the identification of human tumor antigens recognized by human cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL), in the elucidating the nature of the host: tumor relationship and in hopes of creating novel immunologic treatments for human cancer.

Research in Transplant Surgery

For over 50 years, The Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center has been saving the lives of Virginian’s and beyond through organ transplantation.

Transitional Genomics Transplant

The Genomics Transplant Translational Core’s research is aimed at improving outcomes and quality of life for patients. For example, we are developing biomarkers capable of providing earlier diagnoses for liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant patients, which will allow treatments to be given sooner and more likely to be successful.

Cell Processing

At the Cell Processing Core, cells called islets are taken from a pancreas and transplanted into the liver of a patient with chronic pancreatitis or diabetes. Islets help the patient’s body begin to regulate blood glucose in a more normal way and prevent hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia unawareness.

Resident Research Opportunities

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.

Microfluidic-Based Beta-Cell Functional Analysis Facility

The Microfluidic-based beta-cell functional analysis facility is located in the Department of Surgery, at the University of Virginia (UVA) and is supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF).