Clinical and Basic Research

Clinical and basic research is a major focus of the faculty and residents who are involved in diverse laboratory and clinical research projects. The Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine, opened in 1992, greatly expanded basic research at NYU. The Berg Experimental Surgical Laboratory is a large centralized facility available to all members of the department.

Active departmental research groups include the Developmental Biology Laboratory, the Localio Laboratory and Ranson Laboratory for General Surgery research, the Bogert Microsurgery Laboratory, the Cardiac Research Laboratory, the Oncology Research Laboratory, the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, the Mary Lee Johnson Richards Transplantation Center and the Vascular Surgery Laboratory. Interdisciplinary and translational research is ongoing with Cell Biology and other basic science departments.

Award winning presentations have been given by residents at the University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Trend setting clinical research in pancreatitis, liver and splenic trauma, rectal carcinoma, minimally invasive, cardiac surgery, esophageal surgery, melanoma and breast surgery, craniofacial, replantation and aesthetic surgery has established a high standard and continues to make advances. Faculty members participate in many national and international cooperative groups. Residents may carry out research in the Department's laboratories, in other School of Medicine departments and in other medical centers in the United States or abroad. Research periods generally last for two years. We encourage residents to participate in ongoing clinical research projects and to initiate independent studies.

At present, 75 percent of residents elect to take two years of bench research. In addition to the laboratories at NYU, residents are currently pursuing research in laboratories at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, University of Toronto, Michigan University, Harvard University, Memorial Sloan Kettering and University of Southern California.