The Division of Surgical Research was established in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive and rapidly advancing research climate. The mission of the division and its 12 primary (Ph.D.) and 14 joint faculty members is to promote the development and growth of highly successful research and training programs by providing a supportive environment for investigators and trainees.
Under the leadership of Changyi Johnny Chen, M.D., Ph.D., the division brings together department researchers to share ideas, to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience, and to lend support in grant and publication efforts. At the same time, the division aims to create a critical mass of well-recognized researchers with whom other investigators at Baylor College of Medicine and elsewhere can readily collaborate.
Based on the fourth and fifth floors of the Margaret M. Alkek Building for Biomedical Research at BCM, the primary objective of the division is to understand the underlying mechanisms of surgical disease through basic science and translational research. Division members aspire to identify novel treatments and ultimately link laboratory discoveries directly with clinical care.
To further the department’s international reputation for excellence in surgical research, the division cultivates mentoring and training opportunities for junior faculty, surgical residents, fellows, and students in a structured environment. Division members are assisted with their research efforts by a research core group of clinical trials coordinators, a biostatistician, a database manager, a medical editor, a medical illustrator, and pre- and post- grants managers led by department Vice Chair for Research Scott A. LeMaire, M.D.