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The University of Kansas General Surgery Residency Program encourages and supports research efforts by residents at all stages of the training. The Department of Surgery has a long tradition of excellence in research and continues to provide multiple opportunities for residents to engage in both basic science and clinical research.


Clinical and Basic Science Research Opportunities

Residents regularly collaborate with faculty members on basic science and/or clinical research projects.  Residents receive departmental support to present their research findings at regional and national meetings.  For example, residents frequently present their research work at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, SAGES, Kansas Chapter- American College of Surgeons, Breast Cancer Challenge, and the Southwestern Surgical Congress.

Select residents are given the opportunity for dedicated research time at the University of Kansas (1 to 2 years). One resident, Dr. Randi Ryan, is currently in a dedicated research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Ryan's research mentor is Shrikant Anant, Ph.D., and her research is focused on:

Acquisition and Culture of Human Tissue Samples in Esophageal Carcinoma 

  • The goal of this project is to obtain tissue samples from patients undergoing esophagectomy for esophageal carcinoma. These tissue samples will be used for culture in 2D and 3D in a laboratory to be used for the study of gene expression profiles and exposure to known and novel chemotherapeutic agents. Whole blood samples from patients will be obtained in conjunction with tumor tissue samples in order to detect circulating free nucleic acids that potentially correlate with the presence of esophageal carcinoma, response to treatment and predict overall prognosis

A research coordinator is available within the Department of Surgery to assist residents with research study design, IRB application process, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Three productive basic science laboratories within the Department of Surgery are currently available to interested residents:
-   Dr. Joshua Mammen evaluates the signaling mechanisms of natural compounds on melanoma stem cells.
-   Dr. John Wood examines mechanisms of microvascular inflammation in systemic hypoxia and hemorrhagic shock.
-   Dr. Shahid Umar's Laboratory Focus:

  1. Investigations related to the role of intestinal stem cells on host immunity.
  2. Exploration of enteric pathogen's role in EMT, metastasis and frank malignancy.

Formal Research Education

All residents complete a 3-month research rotation during a residency in the Department of Surgery.  The mission of the Surgery Research Committee is to increase research efforts of both the residents and faculty in the department.  To accomplish this goal, residents will be assigned a faculty member to serve as a research mentor.  Residents can select their preferences based on their own interests as well as the research interests of the faculty.  The Surgery Research Committee will assign residents to their listed preferences as much as possible.  However, to ensure a relatively even distribution of residents to faculty, in some cases, residents may be assigned to someone other than their preferred mentors.  A progress report should be submitted by the resident to the Surgery Research Committee every 4 months describing what has been accomplished toward the goals of the research project.  

By the end of every two years in the residency program, each resident will be expected to submit one of the following categories for publication:

  1. Two clinical case reports
  2.  A review article
  3.  Book chapter
  4. Original clinical or basic science research article

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Current Resident Research 

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018