Resident Research Welcome Page

Welcome to the University of Chicago Department of Surgery resident research site. Our Department of Surgery is dedicated to training future leaders in American academic surgery. To be sure our residents are prepared for this role our residents have the option of devoting 24 months to professional development. This experience is not mandatory but is elected by most residents and is strongly recommended for those planning a career in academic surgery.

Residents are guided through their two years of professional development by the Resident Research Advisory Committee that is comprised of a group of surgical faculty members who are dedicated to mentorship.  Residents begin selecting their future lab mentors under the guidance of the committee starting in January of their intern year. A formal track system has been established to facilitate this process. In brief, surgical residents have the option of entering into the following tracks: basic science, clinical outcomes and/or translational research, surgical ethics, surgical education, surgical business and administration, and international surgery. More information on the tracks and labs available for residents work in can be found here. Pursuit of advanced degrees can be undertaken during this time, and in some cases may be required, depending on the chosen track.

The diverse research interests of our Department of Surgery faculty include NIH-funded work in bacterial virulence, tumor immunology, molecular biology, as well as gene therapy of gastrointestinal malignancy and endocrine tumors. Our doctors participate in national cooperative trials - from adjuvant therapy to alleviate allergy symptoms to novel biologics to combat cancer. Top cardiac and vascular surgeons implant and track the safety and efficacy of lifesaving devices. The Department even has a research program devoted to closing language and literacy gaps through childhood interventions. Demonstrative of our faculty's interest in improving surgical care and enhancing patient/physician decision-making, nearly every area of study conducts studies on patient outcomes.

Ten laboratories and thriving multidisciplinary collaborations on- and off-campus contribute to the department’s basic research program.  Laboratory research ranges from cellular mechanisms to the development of new investigational therapeutics and biomaterials, from exploring the role of stem cells in cancer development and progression to agent-based computational modeling of inflammation from sepsis. 

Our residents are highly encouraged to submit their research presentations at national and regional meetings and conferences, including the annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium hosted by the Department of Surgery.