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The mission of the Department of Surgery includes the strongly-held concept that research should span from the bench to the bedside and to the population. 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. Through novel research discoveries, the Department strives to make an impact in the lives of patients worldwide.

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 O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, 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 high schoolers, undergraduates, medical studentsresidents and fellows 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.