Surgical Science at UC San Diego

Surgical Science

Our faculty, research fellows and residents are encouraged to exploit the Department's research resources to collaborate with an extensive network of researchers locally, nationally and internationally.


The Department's surgical scientists are dissecting the molecular mechanisms that underlie the development of the significant diseases that are faced by their clinical partners everyday. These include dissecting the mechanisms that are common to the development and progression of cancer and comparing them with those that are normally found during tissue repair and regeneration. 


The Department of Surgery is at the forefront of efforts to translate basic research into pragmatic solutions that will advance the field. In leveraging the results obtained from studies of basic research, the Department's faculty help turn discoveries into new therapeutics like developing new and safer approaches to surgery under fluorescence-guidance.

Clinical Research

Every year, clinical faculty members of the Department initiate new, and complete existing, clinical trials that test ways of doing surgeries that cost less, have better outcomes and are more reliable. Using a combination of approaches that include outreach, health services research and robotics training, they make significant strides towards improving the field for everyone. 

Engineering Sciences

Unlike all other medical disciplines, surgery is uniquely positioned to exploit advances in all aspects of engineering from their creation of new biodegradable materials that can be used in tissue repair and regeneration to the deployment of algorithms that optimize the deployment of resources to improve surgical outcomes. 

In the News

How Often Do Resident's Get Sued?
May 1, 2018

Innovations in Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
April 16, 2018

Enlightened Surgery (featuring Quyen Nguyen)
January 1, 2018

UC San Diego Health Researchers Help Launch Second Pancreas Cancer “Dream Team”
October 26, 2017

Inhibition of NOTCH3 Cleavage Reverses Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Animal Models, UCSD Researchers Find
September 13, 2017

GIST Tumors Linked to NF1 Mutations, Genetic Testing Needed
August 18, 2017

Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: Work Done, Work Begun
August 7, 2017

UC San Diego Hosts Robotics Collaborative Annual Meeting
May 27, 2017

Are Surgeons Turning Their Backs on Research?
May 5, 2017

John Pang Manuscript on Chronic Opioid Use in Oral Cancer Surgical Patients named 2017 Best Resident Clinical Paper by American Head & Neck Society
May 1, 2017

Clinical Trial to Improve Early Identification of Mouth and Throat Cancer Kicks Off
April 21, 2017