Message from the Vice-Chair for Research

Dr. Scott LeMaire (320x240)
Scott A. LeMaire, M.D.

The mission of our research education program is to train future leaders in academic surgery. We are committed to teaching our residents how to conduct research in surgical disease by providing them with the skills they will need to advance the field and ultimately improve treatment and quality of life for affected patients.

To achieve this goal, our program provides opportunities for residents to conduct research under the mentorship of accomplished surgeon-scientists. Our research curriculum is structured to teach residents the fundamentals of surgical investigation and scientific communication. Residents are provided with opportunities to present their work locally, including at our annual Resident Research Day Symposium, and at regional and national scientific conferences.

Our faculty members and residents conduct state-of-the-art research in each of the major scientific disciplines. Efforts in basic science and translational research focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of surgical disease, identifying novel approaches to treatment, and ultimately directly linking laboratory discoveries with clinical care.

Our clinical research programs include several ongoing clinical trials as well as a robust outcomes and health services research program that focuses on understanding the end results of surgical treatments. Further, our department is engaged in research in surgical education with the goal of better understanding the factors that impact surgical training so that we can improve educational programs.

While all general surgery residents participate in research projects during their training, the residents who have matched to our dedicated Research Track spend two years conducting research full time under the mentorship of a faculty member with an established research program.

The goal of the Research Track is to provide residents with an intensive experience in clinical or basic science research that will serve as the foundation for their development into successful surgeon-scientists. We are particularly excited about our new program that will enable Research Track residents to qualify for guaranteed faculty positions.

Additional details about the research training programs in the department are provided on our web site. If you have any questions about our research programs or any of the related opportunities we provide to our residents, contact me directly at slemaire@bcm.edu