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Advanced Training, Innovative Research, and Progressive Care

An Emory surgical team performing a procedure in an OR at Emory University Hospital.

Since the establishment of the Department of Surgery in 1930, it has been essential to shaping the Emory University School of Medicine into one of the nation's top institutions for biomedical education, research, and patient care.

The Department offers prospective residents many opportunities for a rich and rewarding training experience, including diverse practice settings in seven facilities; nationally prominent faculty; and residency and fellowship programs in breast cancer, cardiothoracic surgery, endosurgery, general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, transplantation, trauma/surgical critical care, and vascular surgery.

Since 2008, the Emory Department of Surgery has consistently placed in the upper ranks of departments of surgery nationwide in annual NIH funding, and several of our researchers have regularly placed in the NIH's surgery PIs listings. According to ranking tables of annual NIH funding posted by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Department placed 8th in NIH awards for all departments of surgery nationwide in 2016, marking a three-year climb that began with the 12th position in 2014, then the 9th in 2015.

Beyond the NIH, the Department's investigators receive grants from such entities as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AVON Foundation, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust, Georgia Research Alliance, American Heart Association, CDC, FDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department of Defense. Our prominent research programs include transplant immunology, cross-species islet transplantation, engineering of artificial vascular tissues, minimally invasive surgery, critical care systems and processes, nanotechnology for cancer therapy, and cardioprotective strategies. Faculty researchers and residents collaborate regularly, particularly when residents embark on research sabbaticals.

In addition to the department's on-campus resources, the close proximity and collaborative strategies of public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society provide a synergistic setting for the department's three-fold mission of providing exemplary patient care, fostering a vital educational environment, and conducting bold and forward-looking research.