Support the advancement of research in the field of surgery.

Surgery Research Funds

Faculty in the Department of Surgery are relentless in their pursuit of new ideas, groundbreaking discoveries, and innovative treatments and therapies. Nationally, we lead the search for answers to the field’s most pressing questions, because we know things can be better. Research can be more efficient. Diagnosis can be made sooner and with greater accuracy. Surgical tools can be refined. Patients can thrive decades after conquering even the most challenging procedures. 

Across the department, our faculty are carrying out world-leading research on a broad spectrum of surgery-related topics. Whatever the focus, your gift will make a tremendous impact on the crucial work being done to advance the state of surgical medicine, both in Ann Arbor and throughout the country. 

Surgery Fund for the Future

We are committed to providing the resources our clinical and basic science investigators need to pursue innovative research. Your support in this commitment with enhance our ability to pursue cutting edge discoveries that will have a direct and significant benefit to the patients we treat.

Faculty Laboratories

Many friends of U-M’s Department of Surgery have had their lives touched by a particular faculty member or surgical team, and our nearly two dozen labs span the breadth of surgical research. From pancreatic cancer and metabolic disorders to musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve trauma, organ transplantation, and health services and outcomes, you can give now to support life-saving work in specific labs across the department.

Surgery Education Research

Commonly regarded as one of the nation’s top surgical residency programs, our department is at the leading edge of education. However, recent findings suggest that throughout the country, the current training curriculum is insufficient in adequately preparing residents to take the next step as leaders in the operating room after graduation. Your support will fund a targeted study by our world-class faculty members on the efficacy of the resident education curriculum, with the hope of drastically improving patient outcomes for post-residency surgeons.

The Michigan Promise

The Michigan Promise represents a holistic investment in the growth and development of our surgeons. Your support will enable our faculty to conduct first of its kind, interdisciplinary research into the environmental effects that mold an excellent surgeon. 

  • Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative: Michigan is at the leading edge of research on gender disparity and bias in the field of surgery, enabling evidence-based policy and industry proposals to give female surgeons a level playing field in their careers.
  • Global Outreach: The Michigan Center for Global Surgery provides an infrastructure for research to enhance the exchange of knowledge worldwide. Joining forces internationally to conduct research and health policy work allows our team to investigate global problems from multiple perspectives. With established research partnerships around the world, including in China, Ghana, and Taiwan, we hope to continue to expand our global reach.
  • Surgical Innovation: Despite the integral role innovation plays in a surgeon's practice, surgeons are not often provided with formal education and dedicated time to develop and commercialize new ideas. The mission of the Michigan Surgical Innovation Program is to provide the space and resources our surgeons need to research and advance their ideas and, ultimately, improve care for our patients.
  • Leadership: Our Early Career Leadership Development course promotes the growth of leadership and interpersonal skills in early career faculty using goal-directed tasks that are individualized to specific career needs and incorporated within a tailored mentorship program. Outcomes data from previous course attendees will inform future content, creating the world’s foremost pedagogy on surgical leadership.

We imagine a better future for our patients, and we’re creating it. Every day, our faculty uncover solutions with the potential to change the face of surgery worldwide. But we need your help. With your support, we will propel the state of surgical medicine forward. 

Our dedication to providing patients with the best possible care drives our constant pursuit of innovative research in the Department of Surgery. Supporting the research conducted by faculty, trainees, and scientists throughout the department contributes to building the future of surgical care.

Your support is essential to advancing innovative research at the Department of Surgery. Join us in advancing the future of health care. Contact the Surgery Development Team to find a philanthropic opportunity that best fits your area of interest in surgical research, from faculty projects to resident academic time. Gifts to the University of Michigan may be in the form of check, credit card, appreciated stock, property, lead trusts, bequests, gift annuities, and remainder trusts.

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Matt Douponce

Director of Development, Surgical Services