Growth, Research and Professional Development

Resident Researcher

Our commitment in the UArizona General Surgery Residency is to train young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and to guide them into becoming professional leaders within their fields of interest. A significant component of that is supporting them in their professional growth in ways that enhance their clinical training and individual goals. Whether it's through research, leadership, or other alternative complementary skills, our residency program supports our trainees in their pursuit of supplemental experiences.

While research is not required, it is encouraged, and we have many faculty members who are interested in mentoring trainees in their research interests. We also support and provide accommodations for residents who desire to pursue additional dedicated research culminating in a masters or PhD degree.

The scope of research in the Department of Surgery incorporates the whole array from bench to bedside research in trauma and emergency general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, transplantation (pediatric and adult), transplantation immunology, bioengineering of bridge to transplant devices, tissue engineering (islet transplantation, composite tissue transplantation), wound healing, and cancer biology. Our clinicians work with laboratory scientists and biomedical engineers to identify gaps in medical knowledge and drive their innovations into new diagnostic and surgical techniques to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Our motto is to transform medicine and provide the highest standard of care for our patients through innovation and practice of evidence-based medicine. Our distinguished faculty members have numerous scientific contributions, national and international research awards, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications. We seek to train the next generation of leaders in surgery through mentorship of our medical students, residents, fellows, and research fellows.

The broad scope and breadth of our current research includes basic science research, translational research, and clinical trials in trauma and emergency general surgery, prostate and pancreatic cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, the capture of circulating cancer cells, localized cancer therapy and imaging using nanoparticles, diabetic wound healing and angiogenesis. We have also recently placed a growing emphasis on clinical outcomes research. The goal of our outcomes research is to investigate the impact of new treatments and health care policies on outcomes beyond the individual patient and bring out the best management practices.


In addition to a wealth of research opportunity in the department, we also encourage participation in professional societies, leadership opportunities and networking events, and each of our residents is paired with a faculty mentor to help guide them through the residency process and help set them up for future success. 

Residents Pursuing Research