Research in the Department of Surgery

It's what makes us different

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.

Bruce M. Wolfe, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

Bruce Wolfe, M.D., is the vice-chair for research in the Department of Surgery. His 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.

Research and education come together

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.

Medical students in any year also have the option to complete a surgery research elective.

Surgery research labs

Research in the Department of Surgery is both clinical and translational. Experts from multiple disciplines study specific diseases and disorders in order to improve human health and well-being.

As the state's only academic health center that receives public funding, OHSU's breakthrough research leads to new cures, new standards of care, and a better understanding of the basic science that drives biomedical discovery.

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