Division of Research : Research Activities

Research Activities

The Department of Surgery currently conducts over 100 active research projects amounting to over $35 million in committed funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Internationally renowned works in fields such as Islet Cell Transplantation, Notch Signaling, Trauma Surgical Training & Telemedicine, Immunosuppression & Liver Transplantation, and more, take place in approximately 45,000 square feet of research space spread across 11 locations on the medical campus, including the UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital East Tower, Miami VA Medical Center, Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Diabetes Research Institute, McKnight Building, and Ryder Trauma Center.

The Office of Research Development provides additional research support (in varying capacities) to the all divisions within the Department of Surgery. Below is a list of the various divisions within the Department of Surgery and their current research activities.

Research Activities by Division

Division of Burns
The division conducts research in the areas of wound healing and support of metabolism following severe burns.

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The division conducts research in myocardial preconditioning, myocardial ischemia, nitric oxide in allografts, and early detection of lung cancer. The advantages of off-pump cardiac surgery also are under investigation.

Division of Cellular and Organ Transplantation
The division performs multiple projects focusing on islet cell transplantation and immune tolerance. This program is supported by the NIH and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and has received international recognition.

Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
The division has investigational programs in laparoscopic procedures, hemorrhoid ligature, antibiotics, and prosthetic sphincters.

Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
The division is well funded by the NIH and other sponsors, performing cutting-edge work in the area of immunity.

Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
The division currently focuses on robotics and improvements in expanded uses of laparoendoscopic surgery.

Division of Liver/GI Transplantation
The division focuses on stem cells, gene therapy, and cellular engineering, as well as novel surgical procedures for liver and gastrointestinal transplant.

Division of Surgical Oncology
The division conducts active clinical research in breast and bowel cancer. The division also is working at the basic science level with laboratories in the department’s Molecular Oncology Program.

Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry
The division focuses on growth factor research, reconstructive surgery, and cancer research, specifically growth factor cytokines, tumor biology, bone physiology, and reconstructive surgeries.

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The division focuses on novel surgical procedures in the areas of wound healing, skin infections, and flap assessment with Doppler ultrasound.

Division of Research Development
In addition to hosting research on Gender and Age-Related Diseases, such as kidney and estrogen studies, the Office of Research Development offers a wide array of services ranging from funding searches to grant management. If you have a question on where and how to do research at UM, we suggest you start with this office.

Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
The division focuses on artificial blood, crash injury, hemostasis, near IT spectroscopy in trauma, and metabolic changes associated with severe injury and recovery.

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
The division focuses on vascular access, genetic engineering of endografts, and clinical applications of thoracic and abdominal aortic stent grafts.