The UAB Department of Surgery has a longstanding history of successful research, innovation, and provides faculty, residents and students excellent opportunities to explore and innovate in a highly collaborative environment.

Research Crop

Our aim is improving the lives of our patients through research in addition to direct patient care and teaching. The UAB research environment makes available equipment, space, funding and most importantly the expertise from colleagues. A broad scope of basic science clinical, educational and translational research is conducted by the department.

Our faculty have been awarded funding grants at regional and national levels from such organizations as the NIH and DOD. 

In the basic sciences surgical research encompasses discovery of new drugs, laboratory testing in cells, biomechanical testing, cadaver studies and the use of animal models. Strong collaborations are in place among investigators of related and overlapping fields of study.

Clinical research includes prospective randomized trials, registries, retrospective chart reviews, and systematic reviews. Investigators benefit from a large patient base with diverse pathology, excellent clinical care facilities and a collaborative environment. In addition, the resources of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (NIH supported), provide investigators with access to tools, training, services and support. Innovation through design of new techniques devices and implants is also an important contribution.