Centers & Initiatives

Our department supports five different core areas of excellence within our research efforts.

Areas of Excellence

The Department of Surgery is committed to building a research infrastructure for the future leaders of academic surgery. 

Our department's Michigan Promise pledges to support each of our surgeons in achieving their full professional and academic potential in a diverse and inclusive culture. This includes providing a wide array of research environments that offer our faculty and trainees different opportunities in which to thrive. 

We have created a unique collection of five initiatives within the department to foster collaboration and cutting edge research in these areas for our faculty members and trainees. The five cores encompass basic and translational science, outcomes and policy, training research, surgical innovation and global surgery.

Our research centers drive development in each of these core areas. These initiatives include the Center for Basic & Translational Science, the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy, the Center for Surgical Training and Research, the Center for Global Surgery, and the Center for Surgical Innovation. Academic Development Time (ADT) opportunities are offered through each of the centers.

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The Center for Basic & Translational Science (CBATS) provides a community for the wide range of researchers in the realm of basic and translational sciences. Resources provided by the center include a Surgeon Scientist Accelerator Track.

The Center for Global Surgery supports goals related to global health education, international surgical care, and world health policy and research. Opportunities are available for faculty members, residents, and medical students across these three different focus areas.

The Center for Surgical Innovation is a collaborative community that aims to support innovative ideas and entrepreneurship in the field of surgery. Opportunities include the Michigan Surgical Innovation Accelerator (MSIA) course and Surgical Innovation Fellowship.

The Center for Surgical Training & Research (CSTAR) investigates how we train and how we can continually work to improve the surgical training experience. A weekly meeting for members and an annual symposium brings together investigators in this space.

The Center for Health Outcomes & Policy (CHOP) brings together investigators from throughout the department who conduct outcomes research across a wide array of specialties. The center is a part of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.