BCM introduces new Division of Surgical Research

March 1, 2013

Dr. Johnny Chen
Dr. Johnny Chen

In the BCM tradition of collaboration and translating research into improved patient care, the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery has announced the creation of the new Division of Surgical Research.

The DSR will bring together researchers in the department to share ideas, knowledge and experience. It will also support researcher/physicians on other endeavors such as grant and publications efforts.

Intellectual firepower

"Given the tremendous academic and intellectual 'firepower' represented by the scientists forming this new division, I am confident that this enabling group will bring great achievements to our campus," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and chair of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM.

Dr. Scott A. LeMaire
Dr. Scott A. LeMaire

Another aim of the DSR is to create an environment to encourage colleagues from other BCM departments and elsewhere to collaborate.

"Clinical and translational research in surgery has been building and the new division of surgical research is a logical extension of that growth," said Dr. Adam Kuspa, senior vice president for research at BCM. "There are a number of current collaborations with other programs at the college and exciting new programmatic possibilities brought forward by the vision of Dr. Rosengart that I expect will catalyze novel areas of research. I look forward to working closely with the faculty as they work towards realizing this vision."

Division leadership

Dr. Johnny Chen, professor of surgery and molecular and cellular biology, will serve as the inaugural chief of the new division.

Dr. David E. Wesson
Dr. David E. Wesson

Dr. Scott A. LeMaire, professor of surgery and molecular physiology & biophysics, will assume the role of vice chair for research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

Dr. David E. Wesson, professor of surgery, will take the role of director of faculty education and development in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

View more information on the leadership team.