Surgical Research

Research is an integral part of the Department of Surgery at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC). With the focus on improving care on the local, regional, and national levels, the department is engaged in research across multiple fields.

This work includes research conducted through the Surgical Outcomes Analysis Research (SOAR) Initiative and the Boston Trauma Institute (BTI). Researchers in the SOAR lab work on a wide range of outcomes research using national, regional, and local databases as well as institutional data, with a focus on inequalities in access to care, care received, and outcomes of surgical patients. The Boston Trauma Institute examines how social determinants of health – education, neighborhood, employment, social support networks, and access to health care – impact victims of violence and translates this information to develop and implement institutional initiatives.

The Department of Surgery also actively collaborates with colleagues in the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, as well as other Boston University schools, creating a platform for clinical, health services, and education research. The following are divisions of research in which our department is proudly engaged:

Resident physicians in the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program have the option to participate in research projects during their clinical training or their dedicated research time, denoted as Resident Academic Development Time. Regardless of when the research projects are pursued, the Department of Surgery has appointed a Research Advisory Council to review project proposals and to offer feedback that will promote the growth and success of the trainee.

For additional information regarding research in the Department of Surgery, please contact: Kelly Kenzik, PhD, MS

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