The Section of Surgical Sciences considers the avid pursuit of research an integral part of its academic mission. The Section is dedicated to the pursuit of the full spectrum of biomedical research by faculty, fellows, residents and students. Vanderbilt Surgery faculty members have consistently achieved NIH funding levels in the top ten percentile for Surgery programs nationwide.
Researchers in the Section are pursuing an array of basic research investigations ranging from basic mechanisms of epithelial biology and cancer biology to fundamental properties regulating vascular smooth muscle contraction. In translational research, members of the faculty are translating research discoveries at the bench into novel modalities for treatment of patients with cancer. Other studies are focusing on the development of biomarkers to identify early cancer or to tailor adjuvant chemotherapy to specific tumor characteristics. Finally, our faculty have taken a leading role in the critical evaluation of clinical care, clinical quality and safety, and Health Services research.
Research training is also a hallmark of the Section. Categorical general surgery residents have the opportunity to spend two or more years pursuing research training. This training time can include pursuit of multiple degree programs including PhD, Masters in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) or Masters in Public Health (MPH). Research training has been supported consistently by extramural funding through a variety of NIH T32 and F32 type training grants, foundation awards and other sources. Training in cancer-related research is supported by an NIH-funded Surgical Oncology Research Training Grant.
James R. Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair - Research, Section of Surgical Sciences
Paul W. Sanger Professor of Experimental Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Cell & Developmental Biology