The mission of the Department of Surgery's research program is to conduct important research in surgical disease to improve treatment and quality of life for affected patients, and to train future leaders in academic surgery.

We are dedicated to creating an environment where surgical investigators discover new knowledge, develop innovations, and translate research advances into improvements in patient care. Our efforts to accomplish these goals coalesce into three distinct programs:

Division of Surgical Research, led by Dr. Changyi (Johnny) Chen, brings together our basic science researchers and Ph.D.s in a unit that encourages collaboration and interaction with clinicians and physician scientists;

Surgical Research Core, led by Dr. Barbara W. Trautner, is a team of nearly twenty professionals, including grants managers, clinical research coordinators, database managers, a biostatistician, a medical illustrator, and a medical editor and writer, who provide easily accessible, centralized expertise in clinical research;

Resident Research Training sabbaticals, which offer to four of our eight general surgery residents two-year focused research sabbaticals during their general surgery residency training.

Surrounding these core programs are a matrix of faculty seed grants, DSR-sponsored weekly research symposia and grant review sessions, newly created resident research requirements that are coupled with research training sessions led by vice chair for research Dr. Scott LeMaire, and our departmental innovation incubator led by Dr. William Cohn, all designed to foster and support the research mission. A growing number of campus-wide databases offers the promise of clinical research evaluating patient care provided “The Baylor Way.”

Research Programs

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Three-year funding trend, Department of Surgery.

We are dedicated to creating an environment where surgical investigators discover new knowledge, develop innovations, and translate research advances into improvements in patient care. Our efforts to accomplish these goals coalesce into three distinct programs:

Division of Surgical Research, led by Dr. Changyi (Johnny) Chen, brings together our basic science researchers and Ph.D.s in a unit that encourages collaboration and interaction with clinicians and physician scientists.

Surgical Research Core, led by Dr. Barbara W. Trautner, is a team of nearly twenty professionals, including grants managers, clinical research coordinators, database managers, a biostatistician, a medical illustrator, and a medical editor and writer, who provide easily accessible, centralized expertise in clinical research

Resident Research Training sabbaticals, which offer to four of our eight general surgery residents two-year focused research sabbaticals during their general surgery residency training. Learn about research opportunities for residents in our General Surgery Residency.

Surrounding these core programs are a matrix of faculty seed grants, DSR-sponsored weekly research symposia and grant review sessions, newly created resident research requirements that are coupled with research training sessions led by vice chair for research Dr. Scott LeMaire, and our departmental innovation incubator led by Dr. William Cohn, all designed to foster and support the research mission. A growing number of campus-wide databases offers the promise of clinical research evaluating patient care.