The department remains second in NIH funding among its peers nationwide and also leads or participates in more than 700 clinical trials annually.

Many labs focus on areas of research excellence. Faculty members continue basic science research even as this field declines generally across academic surgery departments. The department remains committed to this traditional endeavor while diversifying its portfolio to grow translational, clinical and public health sciences research.

Focused areas of research excellence

  • breast cancer
  • cancer biology
  • cancer epidemiology and public health
  • cancer immunology
  • cardiovascular physiology
  • education
  • lung transplantation
  • immunology
  • peripheral nerve injury
  • pancreas cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • sepsis and critical injury
  • vascular biology

#2 in U.S.


NIH funding to academic surgery departments

2017, Blue Ridge Institute of Medical Research Report†

Active grants



Clinical research studies


Clinical trial contract income


$4.1 million

All figures FY2017-18
unless otherwise noted

†includes Siteman Cancer Center support grant