We are proud of the basic science and clinical advances brought about by our faculty. Our basic science work has led to new devices that are already being used in the clinic or will be ready for clinical use within the next five years.
- We have developed a mechanical, minimally-invasive surgical platform, FlexDex, that allows more precise movements without the use of cumbersome surgical robots. Robotic systems can pose particular challenges in pediatric patients. FlexDex is used internationally to provide a better surgical experience.
- The Michigan ENdoluminal lengthening Device (MEND) was invented to cure short bowel syndrome, enabling patients to eat and drink normally, thereby greatly improving their quality of life and reducing hospital readmissions.
- Our work through the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium has changed how we take care of patients on a daily basis, including the management of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula, lung malformations and anorectal malformations.
- The fellowship training our faculty provide has led many pediatric surgeons to pursue research, ensuring a future of sustained advances and discovery.
Our clinical outcomes research efforts include non-operative management of pediatric appendicitis and treatment of complex congenital anomalies such as esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. Many of our clinical outcomes investigations are conducted in collaboration with the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium, founded by several faculty in collaboration with 11 regional academic pediatric surgery centers and launched in 2013.
Our health services research focuses on cost-effectiveness, patient preferences and policy. Projects span investigating the cost-effectiveness of various interventions, such as MRI and CT scan, to how pediatric patients and their parents make decisions about non-emergent surgery. At the policy level, faculty are addressing the issue of, among others, opioids, and developing best practices for physicians and patients alike.
Training is embedded in our research, with opportunities for residents and fellows to conduct clinical and outcomes research. Surgeon development is integral to our mission, particularly around many of the rare procedures performed at U-M. In addition, our Academic Research in Children’s Surgery (ARCS) Program offers an immersive experience for premedical students and prospective professionals to learn about the work of physician-scientists and how it leads to improved patient care.