The surgical investigator must be a bridge tender, channeling knowledge from biological science to the patient’s bedside and back again.
– Francis Moore, MD, 1958
The research mission of the Division of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery is to create an environment in which new knowledge is generated that will advance the field and ultimately benefit our patients. Our Divisions have a long history of success in research and have contributed significantly to the medical literature. All faculty members are involved in various types of research including studying basic scientific questions related to diseases of the heart, chest, and blood vessels, as well as important clinical research questions related to improving outcomes for our patients. A few examples of the expertise of our faculty include:
- how aortic aneurysms form
- why transplanted lungs fail over time
- methods to improve heart function after heart attacks.
Our faculty has been very successful in obtaining extramural funding with many of our faculty members having NIH funding through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), or the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This level of peer-reviewed extramural support puts our division on par with the most productive thoracic surgical groups around the country and demonstrates the commitment of our Division and our faculty to our research mission.
In addition to using our research programs to address clinical problems in our discipline, we also are keenly interested in creating opportunities for the training of students and residents in research techniques and strategies.
The TCV Lab had its origins over 35 years ago in the early 1980’s here at the University of Virginia and continues to flourish and be productive up to the present time. As evidence of this productivity, Dr. Kron has been an author or co-author of more papers published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery than any other author in that journal’s history. The vast majority of these papers were co-authored by residents who spent time in the TCV lab. The lab group continues to welcome interest from UVA students and surgery residents, as well as from residents other training programs who can be supported with the T32 training grant.