Research & Innovation

Scientific curiosity and a deeply human commitment to improving our patients’ quality of life guide our researchers at the Department of Surgery.

Our research spans basic science, translational, and health services investigation, and our impact speaks for itself: In 2017, we ranked #1 for National Institutes of Health funding, with a total of more than $35 million in extramural support, and we publish more than 900 papers annually.

Support from the Ground Up

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Faculty and trainees in the department benefit from extensive physical and intangible resources — from more than 50,000 square feet of research space across the U-M medical campus, to a departmental tradition of openness that encourages investigators to work together.

You can see this collaboration in the way that we’ve organized our labs at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex, a 28-building scientific and administrative facility. In this multidisciplinary environment, cancer biologists, pharmacologists, engineers, health policy researchers and others work side-by-side. In just one recent example, a basic scientist has partnered with a biomedical engineer in order to study how miniature organoids could enable tissue transplantation for the treatment of diabetes.

Within the department, this support includes incentives not just for clinical effort, but for research as well, with some faculty spending up to 60 percent of their time on investigation. This freedom enables faculty to accelerate advances, and to invest more time in mentoring the residents and fellows who will become our future colleagues.

Opportunities for the Next Generation

Research training opportunities begin at the undergraduate level, through programs that ignite scientific interest and teach skills in professional scholarship.

Our Academic Surgeon Development Program engages students with hands-on contributions to clinical and research projects, and provides travel funding for students whose work is accepted for presentation at national conferences.

At the GME level, we offer training to more than 140 residents and fellows across 10 specialties and sub-specialties. Our residents frequently lead the Medical School in number of publications — just one measure of research excellence among many.

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