The Vanderbilt Department of Surgery is home to the General Surgery Residency Program and to seven clinical service divisions: General Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Burn Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.
Despite increasing competition for Federal research dollars, Vanderbilt continues to rank in the top 10 among medical schools in critical NIH funding. Research programs within the Department of Surgery recently totaled more than $32 million.
With a commitment to providing the very best in patient care, our divisions are setting new standards. In 2010, we achieved a transplant milestone, performing our 4,000th kidney transplant. Our Level 1 Trauma Center is ranked in the top 20 with an Observed/Expected Mortality rate of 0.73. And we continue to offer first-in-class surgical innovations through the development of innovative centers, including the newly developed Vanderbilt Neuroendocrine Center.
This focus on excellence has enabled the Department of Surgery to continue to grow. Hospital admissions have increased more than six percent each year, and our ambulatory surgical cases have risen nearly eight percent, on average, each year.
Our educational training rivals the best in the nation. The Vanderbilt General Surgery Residency Program was once again granted full accreditation for the full five years through 2015. And we consistently surpass all averages as reviewed by the ACGME.
The combination of these successes has resulted in the recruitment of outstanding surgical leaders, including Seth J. Karp, M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, and many others.
We look forward to setting even higher standards in patient care, research and education in the coming years.