Our Research Mission

The mission of the Department of Surgery includes the strongly-held concept that research is a defining characteristic of UAB’s health care enterprise. Extramural research funding crosses all nine divisions of the department and totals more than $8 million annually from a variety of federal, non-federal and industry sponsors. Specific areas of research within the department encompass a broad range of interests with direct medical relevance, including specific diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart and lung failure, traumatic injury, vascular disease, kidney failure; specific treatments that include mechanically-assisted circulatory support, endovascular/vascular technologies, solid organ transplantation; surgical outcomes such as comparative-effectiveness, patterns of care, disparities; and surgical delivery issues including device and methods development.

Our Active Research Programs


Promoting Research Advancement

The Department aims to foster an environment of success for research by providing essential infrastructure and support for investigators. Scientists in the Department of Surgery are also affiliated with and benefit from the resources available through a plethora of other UAB centers and programs including the UAB Cancer Center, UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, and UAB Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship.


Training Surgeon-Scientists of the Future

Educating the next generation of surgeon-scientists translates to a bright future of advances in patient care. In the Department of Surgery, we provide opportunities for residents and fellows, undergraduates, medical students and high school students to participate in meaningful research experiences. Our goal is to provide an understanding and appreciation of the research process at all levels, encouraging students to pursue careers investigating novel approaches to improve patient care and patient outcomes.