Research is an integral part of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). It serves as a testament to the department’s commitment to both treating the community it serves and advancing the field of surgery.
With the focus on improving care on local, regional and national levels, the department is engaged with several endeavors including the Surgical Outcomes Analysis Research (SOAR) Initiative and 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 the access, care, 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 BU Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Public Health, and Management, creating a platform for clinical, health services, and education research. The following are divisions of research in which our department is proudly engaged:
- Basic Science and Translational Research
- Surgical and Clinical Outcomes
- Quality Improvement
- Surgical Education
- Public Health and Disparities in Care
Resident Physicians of the BUSM/BMC 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: Teviah Sachs, MD, MPH