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Research is an important mission in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. All Divisions in the Department have viable research laboratories with an interest in advancing translational research projects that directly relate to clinical problems. There is also a diversity of projects that involve both clinical and basic science investigations.

Division of Surgical Research

The Division of Surgical Research, led by Dr. Jonathan Brody, helps to focus research initiatives and encourage collaboration within the department and among other institutions. In recent years, the department has expanded its research effort with substantial recruitment of new faculty in the areas of vascular biology, transplantation, cardiac surgery and cancer biology. 

Resident Research Year

Research Year Residents

Residents in the Department of Surgery spend one to two years in the laboratory and usually work in one of the laboratories within the Department. The purpose of this year is to educate residents in the principles and practices of surgical research and assist them in obtaining high quality fellowships. This year is typically added after the third clinical year. The Department also has surgery residents from other programs that have chosen to come to Jefferson for their research experience. 

Each Spring the research year residents present their work. In 2016, this group of 7 general surgery residents produced more than 100 publications, presentations, and abstracts.

View the Resident Research Day Presentations

Bi-weekly Research Seminar

The Department hosts a bi-weekly research seminar that is designed to communicate results of ongoing research projects and to provide a core body of research knowledge to students, residents and junior faculty. Topics covered during the year include basic molecular biology techniques, design of clinical studies, animal models, statistical analysis, and grant writing. 

Publications and Funding

The Department has seen a tremendous increase in the submission of abstracts, manuscripts and grant applications. This increased research activity is further evidence of the commitment of the Department to making the research effort an integral part of the Departmental Mission.

Charles J. Yeo, MD

Charles J. Yeo, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Samuel D. Gross Professor

Karen Chojnacki, MD

Karen Chojnacki, MD
Program Director


Francesco Palazzo, MD
Associate Program Director


Joshua Marks, MD
Assistant Program Director


Donna Guinto, CTAGME
Program Coordinator

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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