The Center for Surgical Innovation offers members opportunities to innovate, develop new technology and meet collaborators.

Surgical Innovation Prize Shark Tank-style Grand Rounds
Dr. Cohen wearing HoloLens2 glasses
Dr. Vemuri presenting at SIDAC

Get Involved

At the Center for Surgical Innovation, we aim to support faculty members and trainees in building the future of surgery. Our community works to create connections and different forums for innovators to find the inspiration and support to pursue their individual interests, whether that's developing a new piece of surgical technology, exploring the potential of extended reality in surgery, or learning the process of bringing a product to market. While the Center for Surgical Innovation is primarily based in the Department of Surgery, anyone at the University of Michigan is welcome to get involved and join our research community. We have collaborators across campus, spanning from the medical school, the College of Engineering, and the Ross School of Business, to name a few.

Virtual Learning Experiences with Extended Reality (XR)

When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in limited time in clinical care settings for surgical trainees, we partnered with the XR Initiative in the Center for Academic Innovation and Microsoft to start implementing HoloLens2 technology to provide a virtual learning experience for surgical rounds.

Faculty members and trainees interested in exploring how this technology can be further utilized in learning experiences can become a member of the Center for Surgical Innovation to join our team of innovators passionate about finding new ways to teach and learn in virtual settings.

Learn more about mixed reality telerounding pilot program at Michigan Medicine.

Entrepreneurship Training & Product Development

The Michigan Surgical Innovation Accelerator (MSIA) course is a nine-month program for surgical faculty and trainees designed to teach the essentials of innovation and entrepreneurship while developing their ideas toward clinical impact. MSIA offers funding and mentorship to help participants further their innovative ideas.

The Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium offers a variety of opportunities, including a fellowship, for innovators to develop products and learn more about entrepreneurship.

Surgical Innovation Fellowship

We have developed a fellowship for residents in the Department of Surgery that can be completed during the course of their Academic Development Time (ADT) or independently.

The fellowship will assist surgical residents in honing their innovation and entrepreneurship skills, as they pursue an innovation project during the course of the fellowship.

Grant Funding Resources

Michigan Medicine's Department of Surgery faculty can take advantage of dedicated foundation grant resources, including access to a weekly non-federal grants RFP announcement report with opportunities ranging from $20,000 all the way up to $100M.

Department of Surgery faculty members seeking foundation grant opportunities can also schedule a 1:1 consultation with Greg Witbeck, Senior Director for Business Development and Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, to identify the right foundation that aligns with their goals. Please contact Greg Witbeck at germaine@umich.edu to set up an appointment.

Surgery faculty members looking to find corporate grant opportunities can work with Greg Witbeck to choose between the traditional sponsored research model or the fast-track partnership program.

The Department of Surgery collaborates with groups throughout the University of Michigan campus to give our trainees and faculty members well-rounded opportunities to explore innovation training in different spheres. In addition to partnering with groups such as Tech Transfer on our MSIA program, our department offers faculty members and trainees the chance to pursue training opportunities through other U-M groups, such as the College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship. Examples of innovation opportunities at the University of Michigan include:

Contact Us

Please contact Candice Stegink, Commercialization Education Coordinator, at cstegink@med.umich.edu with any questions about becoming a member. We can connect to to resources regarding additional courses or resources in the field of surgical innovation offered at the University of Michigan.