Academic faculty, SuEllen Pommier, Ph.D.What sets OHSU apart from other institutions is the array of multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches our researchers take toward solving the most intractable problems in human health, including diseases of the central nervous system, cardiovascular-related research, cancer, rare genetic disorders and infectious disease.

The Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery is Bruce M. Wolfe, M.D., whose work following bariatric surgery patients longitudinally has led to state-level as well as national efforts to combat discrimination against those suffering from obesity and provide coverage for surgical treatment.

General Surgery Residents have the option to spend a full academic year in their fourth year of residency as a research resident. Permission to do a research year is highly competitive and requires that the resident attend and present at several research conferences throughout the year.
Learn more about the General Surgery Research Resident Year

Summary of Research Studies

  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture for sedation in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Blood Storage: Efficacy and safety of frozen red blood cells for transfusion in trauma patients
  • Breast Cancer Prevention Plan: Developing a breast cancer prevention plan by determining what genetic changes transform normal stem cells into cancer stem cells
  • Breast Cancer Stem Cells: Gene expression and mutation profiles in breast cancer stem cells
  • Continuous Feeding: A randomized trial of continuous operative feeding for intubated patients
  • Esophageal Cancer Treatment: Impact of cellular markers on clinical response after treatment for esophageal cancer
  • Evicel
  • Hand Function in Hemodialysis Patients
  • Inflammatory Bowell Disease Management
  • Liver Resection: Coagulopathy with liver resection: Is TEG® testing more informative clinically than standard PT INR testing in identification of hypo- and hypercoagulability?
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery
  • N-TA3CT
  • Optical Fiber Spectroscopy
  • OR Distraction and Interruptions
  • PROPPR: Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios
  • Prospective Lovenox: Thrombelastography-based dosing of enoxaparin for thromboprophylaxis: a prospective randomized trial - a multicenter study
  • TEG & TBI Progression: Thrombelastography identifies differences in coagulation in brain injured patients with and without progression of intracranial hemorrhage
  • Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP): A Prospective Registry of Complications in Critically-Ill Patients
  • TOP-UP Pilot Study: A randomized trial of supplemental parenteral nutrition in under- and overweight critically ill patients

See Areas of Interest for more detailed study descriptions.