In particular, our strengths in cancer care, fetal surgery, burn treatment, and solid organ transplant set us apart for their multidisciplinary and innovative approach.The Department of Surgery serves as a referral center for every county in the state of Michigan, and families frequently travel from out of state to seek treatment here.
We’re highly ranked nationally for the quality of our clinical care, a fact that demonstrates the strengths we draw from our position within Michigan Medicine. Our academic medical center is ranked first by U.S. News & World Report in the state and has received straight-A grades in patient safety from Leapfrog Group.
Because of the breadth of the talent and resources of Michigan Medicine and its nearly 2,000 faculty, we’re able to offer a caliber of care found only in a high-volume academic medical center.
Advancing Knowledge Through Research
Beyond the OR, Department of Surgery faculty draw on deep strengths in medical research to synthesize the most effective and tested approaches.
Collaborations nationally and globally inform and enrich our understanding of novel treatments, while extending the reach of this life-saving knowledge.
Some of our recent advances:
- Beginning the first human clinical trials of new drugs to target stem cells that trigger the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer.
- Using advanced imaging to better understand the development of heterotopic ossification, a musculoskeletal disorder that can affect victims of trauma, including as many as 65% of severely injured veterans.
- Understanding the molecular mechanisms that explain how bariatric surgical procedures can lead to profound weight loss and improvement in diabetes.
- Developing methods for a large-scale multimedia coaching program to improve technical skills among practicing surgeons, ultimately improving outcomes for patients.
Unique Medical Talent
Seven of our surgeons have been inducted into the Institute of Medicine, the highest honor bestowed on physicians in the U.S. No other surgery department in the country has as many. Michigan surgeons are recognized pacesetters in their specialties, serving as leaders of national surgical associations and writing textbooks used by thousands of trainees.
They also appear each year among the Best Doctors in America, a list compiled by fellow physicians to recognize the top 5% of doctors in the country.
As one measure of Michigan surgeons’ lasting impact, our department holds more than 100 patents in domains as diverse as biotechnology, diagnostic tools, medical appliances, and pharmaceuticals.