Centers & Initiatives

Our department supports six 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 six initiatives within the department to foster collaboration and cutting edge research in these areas for our faculty members and trainees. The six cores encompass basic and translational science, outcomes and policy, training research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and global surgery.

Our centers and courses 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, and the Center for Global Surgery, in addition the Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Courses and the Health & Design Fellowship.

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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 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.

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 Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course (SIDAC) and Michigan Surgical Innovation Accelerator (MSIA) program to provide opportunities for faculty and trainees to gain experience in this field and to develop novel solutions to improve surgical diseases or the care of surgical patients.

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.

Our Health & Design Fellowship asks, "What if we design everything with health as a priority?". A fellowship offers early to middle career architects, planners and designers from industry the opportunity to gain health services research experience to address this question.