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The Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati has a long and distinguished history of surgical research that is recognized nationally and internationally. Premier surgeon-scientists and postdoctoral researchers are drawn to the UC Department
of Surgery to pursue innovative and exciting research in state-of-the-art laboratories, with a focus on applying the discoveries made in the laboratory directly to the bedside for the advancement of patient care. Clinical trials not available elsewhere are also offered for a variety of surgical diseases, giving hope to patients with critical illness who were once considered untreatable.
The research mission is to:
The Department of Surgery occupies 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research laboratories in the Surgical Research Unit, the Cardiovascular Center, the UC Metabolic Diseases Institute, and the Medical Sciences Building. Additional research space
is utilized at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Shriners Burns Hospital Cincinnati.
All of our residents spend their third and fourth post graduate years developing as surgeon scholars. During their PGY-2 year, residents pick among several available research tracks and mentors. Tracks include Trauma/Critical Care, Surgical Oncology,
Pediatric Surgery, and Outcomes/Education Research or another of the resident’s design either at UC or another institution. Our residents have a long track record of productive research and collaboration on a broad variety of projects both
within and outside of their chosen tracks, with over 300 publications since 2015. Throughout the research years, our residents are offered courses in the fundamentals of research, statistics, and career development. Some research residents also choose
to pursue Master's degrees and PhD's. Additionally, many of our research residents are involved in mentoring and educating our medical students and interns transitioning into residency.
Resident salaries are fully supported throughout their research years by the department, NIH T32 grants or outside resources. Additionally, we offer moonlighting opportunities appropriate for level of training during these research/differentiation years.
Resident publications 2018-2023
Trauma/Critical CareOne of our primary research strengths is in the field of injury biology. Our multidisciplinary team investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which insults such as trauma and
infection can lead to multiple organ failure and death. This group is comprised of multiple basic scientists, surgeon-scientists, and residents, thereby providing a comprehensive approach to scientific problems that have clinical significance.
These investigators have multiple federally-funded research projects, including molecular mechanisms of hemorrhagic shock and the impact of novel resuscitation strategies, alterations in immune function during sepsis and burn injury, transcriptional
regulation of local and systemic inflammation, traumatic brain injury effects on coagulation and inflammation. We also partner with the Institute for Military Medicine on
various projects funded by the Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Office of Naval Research, and NIH.
Leah Winer, MDCurrent PGY-626 Publications
Mackenzie Morris, MDCurrent PGY-530 Publications
Pediatric SurgeryCincinnati Children's Hospital is a world-renowned institution with a multitude of research positions available to our residents in the departments of General and Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery,
and Critical Care. Research focuses include intestinal stem cells and rehabilitation, hepatoblastoma, biliary atresia, congenital heart disease and mechanical circulatory support, shock, inflammatory response in sepsis, and ischemia/reperfusion
Alexander Cortez, MDCurrent PGY-627 Publications
Al-Faraaz Kassam, MDCurrent PGY-522 Publications
Surgical OncologyThe Department of Surgical Oncology as well as the UC Cancer Institute provide a multitude of resident research opportunities.
Residents participate in basic science research involving tyrosine kinase signaling in stem cells and angiogenesis, as well as in the development of murine models of tumor growth. Currently, we are building a prospectively collected library
of patient samples to analyze for treatment resistance utilizing single nucleus RNA analysis. Additional work in discovering is done in discovering novel autophagy pathways leading to tumor progression. Our high volume of pancreas, GI, breast,
and melanoma surgery, in combination with national databases allow for productive outcomes research.
Richard Hoehn, MDGraduate, Surgical Oncology Fellowshipat the University of Pittsburgh49 Publications
Gregory Wilson, MDGraduate, Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh42 Publications
Outcomes/EducationThe Cincinnati Research on Outcomes and Safety in Surgery (CROSS) as well as the Cincinnati Research on Education in Surgical Training (CREST) groups involve multiple attendings across the departments
of Transplant Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, and Trauma Surgery to evaluate outcomes using data from our institution and national databases with support of our
biostatisticians. We are also productive in the field of resident education, assessment, and burnout. The past two residents in the Outcomes track have received Masters Degrees in Clinical and Translational Research funded by our department.
Vikrom Dhar, MDPGY-7, Matched into Advanced GI/MinimallyInvasive Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell 37 Publications
Tiffany Lee, MDCurrent PGY-5 17 Publications
Jeffrey J. Sussman, MD
General Surgery Residency Director
Jenna M. Lengerich, MHAGeneral Surgery Residency CoordinatorPhone: 513-558-4206Email: email@example.com
Debbie BrowneGeneral Surgery Residency Assistant CoordinatorPhone: 513-558-5862Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of CincinnatiCollege of Medicine231 Albert Sabin WayCincinnati, OH 45267-0558
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