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.
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.
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
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