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Research Opportunities

The Department of Surgery has many research opportunities available for students, residents, and fellows. Our faculty have expertise in a wide variety of research genres and are eager to provide mentorship!

To facilitate your search, we have organized our researchers by Surgical Division as well as by the Category of research they conduct. If you see something interesting, please feel free to contact the faculty member directly for more information.

Having trouble finding a match? We can help with that too! Please email Dr. Jean Marie Ruddy (ruddy@musc.edu) with questions about finding the best research path for you!

Research by Division

Research by Category

 

Lucas McDuffie, M.D. Pediatric Surgery - Clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery 

Sanford Zeigler, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery  - Artificial intelligence and machine learning in ICU  Clinical outcomes in aortic surgery  Device development in aortic surgery  Atrial fibrillation surgery  Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery  Myocardial protection

Jeffrey Jones, Ph.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery - My lab is investigating the role of cellular phenotype change in the pathogensis of thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Mahsa Javid, M.D., Ph.D. Surgical Oncology - The basic science focus is on identifying and characterizing the role of angiogenic factors in thyroid cancer and differentiating which factors are associated with a clinically aggressive phenotype. This will include investigating particular factors that have been shown to be important in other cancers and validating their role in promoting tumor growth in thyroid cancer. There are currently two basic science projects available for participation.

Rupak Mukherjee, Ph.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery -  Dr. Mukherjee’s research effort is focused on the structural and electrogenic aspects of cardiac disease progression as these events relate to remodeling of cardiac chambers.  In addition, Dr. Mukherjee is interested in determining the mechanisms through which light may affect wound healing and translate these studies into clinical applications.

T. Konrad Rajab, M.D. Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery - We are developing a new operation to deliver growing heart valve replacements for young children. This work involves large animal surgery in piglets and small animal surgery in rats. Our lab offers many opportunities to residents and medical students.

Jean Marie Ruddy, M.D. Vascular Surgery - I am a vascular surgeon-scientist who investigates tension-induced signaling in the aorta as it relates to hypertension and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Integrating animal and benchtop techniques has allowed undergraduate students, medical students, and residents to complete projects in the laboratory, present at national meetings, and write manuscripts for publication. Our team in the cardiovascular research lab is supportive and we have success obtaining funding for the lab experience.

Robert Sade, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery  - We have developed a clinical and translational research ethics certificate program, which has finished over 100 graduates. We also have published over 200 papers on topics in bioethics, surgical ethics, and research ethics, many with mentored residents and students as first author or coauthor.

Michael Yost, Ph.D. Acute Care Surgery & Regenerative Medicine - The Yost Lab specializes in the biomedical implants, biomaterials, tissue engineering and 3D printing and visualization.  

Andrea Abbott, M.D. MSCR - Surgical Oncology -  There is a new opportunity for a Certificate in Clinical Research: This opportunity will be available on a merit basis to a resident who is interested in clinical outcomes and clinical trials research. The certificate is earned through the College of Medicine and involves online courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, grant writing, etc. The online courses can be taken over one to two years and will count as credit toward a Masters in Clinical Research if the resident desires. Upon completion of the certificate program the resident will have 17 credit hours and will have the foundation to develop clinical research questions, functioning knowledge of how to calculate statistics within a research framework, and will have established connections with outcomes researchers within MUSC. -- I will serve as the overall research mentor for this project but will facilitate additional research relationships based upon the residents' interests. -- The number of residents who will be offered this opportunity is not predetermined and again will be chosen on merit of application. --Any resident interested in this opportunity should contact abbottan@musc.edu

Thomas Curran, M.D. MPH Colorectal Surgery - We have multiple active projects within colorectal surgery.  Specifically, we have efforts aimed at equitable delivery of guideline concordant care for colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.  We welcome participation of residents and students in these efforts. 

Bruce Crookes, M.D., Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  - My research involves around QI and basic science (particularly VTE).

Evert Eriksson, M.D., Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  - I am involved with clinical research initiatives looking at trauma care as well as ICU care.  I have a particular interest in coagulation, neurotrauma, and thoracic trauma.

Yulia Gavrilova, Ph.D.  Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  -  My research initiatives are being shaped currently as the burn behavioral health program is developing.

Aaron Lesher, M.D., Pediatric Surgery  -  My research lab centers around the use of telemedicine to address healthcare disparities for underserved populations. Specifically, I am investigating the role of mobile health applications in the treatment of outpatient pediatric burns. I also have a number of other clinical research projects in common pediatric surgical diseases, such as gastrostomy use, inguinal hernia, and NEC.

Lucas McDuffie, M.D. Pediatric Surgery  - My research interests are in clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery.  

Jeffrey M. Sutton, M.D., Surgical Oncology  - Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Robert Sade, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery  - We have developed a clinical and translational research ethics certificate program, which has finished over 100 graduates. We also have published over 200 papers on topics in bioethics, surgical ethics, and research ethics, many with mentored residents and students as first author or coauthor.

Christian Streck, M.D., Pediatric Surgery  - My research interest is in Pediatric Trauma

Adam Tanious, M.D. Vascular Surgery  - National vascular curriculum

Dennis Vane, M.D.  Pediatric Surgery  - My research includes 20 years of clinical research.

Mathew Wooster, M.D., Vascular Surgery -  My interests are in technique descriptions, single center quality reviews, and case series in vascular surgery.

Sanford Zeigler, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery  - My research interests include: Artificial intelligence and machine learning in ICU | Clinical outcomes in aortic surgery  | Device development in aortic surgery | Atrial fibrillation surgery | Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery | Myocardial protection

Colleen Donahue, M.D. Colorectal Surgery - Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Lucas McDuffie, M.D., Pediatric Surgery - My research involves clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery. 

Jeffrey M. Sutton, MD, Surgical Oncology - Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Cynthia Talley, M.D. Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care - Surgical Education Research includes studying not only how we teach, but how students learn, the best environment, and trainee characteristics which can impact learning. We study curriculum development, new ways of assessing knowledge, and evaluating the impact of national standards. Currently, I have been looking at operative experience including case log practices and am building a longitudinal leadership curriculum.

Adam Tanious, M.D. Vascular Surgery -  National vascular curriculum

Mathew Wooster, M.D. Vascular Surgery -  Technique descriptions, single center quality reviews, case series

Dennis Vane, M.D. Pediatric Surgery -  20 years of clinical research.

Bruce Crookes, M.D., Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  - My research involves around QI and basic science (particularly VTE).

Lucas McDuffie, M.D. Pediatric Surgery  - My research interests are in clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery.  

Adam Tanious, M.D. Vascular Surgery -  National vascular curriculum

David Mahvi, M.D., Surgical Oncology - Human centered design, health system transformation to value based care

Lucas McDuffie, M.D. Pediatric Surgery  - My research interests are in clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery.  

T. Konrad Rajab, M.D. Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery - We are developing a new operation to deliver growing heart valve replacements for young children. This work involves large animal surgery in piglets and small animal surgery in rats. Our lab offers many opportunities to residents and medical students.

Adam Tanious, M.D. Vascular Surgery - National vascular curriculum

Aaron Lesher, M.D., Pediatric Surgery - My research lab centers around the use of telemedicine to address healthcare disparities for underserved populations. Specifically, I am investigating the role of mobile health applications in the treatment of outpatient pediatric burns. I also have a number of other clinical research projects in common pediatric surgical diseases, such as gastrostomy use, inguinal hernia, and NEC.

Lucas McDuffie, M.D., Pediatric Surgery - My research involves clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery. 

Ashley Hink, M.D. MPH Trauma and Surgical Critical Care - We have multiple active projects within colorectal surgery.  Specifically, we have efforts aimed at equitable delivery of guideline concordant care for colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.  We welcome participation of residents and students in these efforts.

Bruce Crookes, M.D., Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  - My research involves around QI and basic science (particularly VTE).

Colleen Donahue, M.D. Colorectal Surgery - Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Yulia Gavrilova, Ph.D.  Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care My research initiatives are being shaped currently as the burn behavioral health program is developing.

Lucas McDuffie, M.D., Pediatric Surgery My research involves clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery. 

Jeffrey M. Sutton, MD, Surgical Oncology Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Mathew Wooster, M.D., Vascular Surgery - Technique descriptions, single center quality reviews, case series

Sanford Zeigler, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery  Artificial intelligence and machine learning in ICU  Clinical outcomes in aortic surgery  Device development in aortic surgery  Atrial fibrillation surgery  Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery  Myocardial protection

Bruce Crookes, M.D., Acute Care, Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care  - My research involves around QI and basic science (particularly VTE).

Colleen Donahue, M.D. Colorectal Surgery - Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Lucas McDuffie, M.D., Pediatric Surgery My research involves clinical research/outcomes studies in pediatric surgery. 

Jeffrey M. Sutton, M.D., Surgical Oncology Historically, I have done clinical outcomes research in cost-effectiveness and educational research that I would like to continue.

Mathew Wooster, M.D., Vascular Surgery - Technique descriptions, single center quality reviews, case series