Surgical Research

Research spans the entire range of investigation from molecular and cell biology to translational and educational research to multicentre randomized clinical trials. Work is in the most challenging disciplines of medicine including critical care, oncology, transplantation, trauma and surgery.


Major areas of research excellence include:

  • Transplantation,
  • Tissue engineering,
  • Reconstruction and regeneration,
  • Metabolic, immunologic and cognitive response to injury and disease, and the molecular biology of inherited and acquired diseases.

Division of Surgical Research (DOSR), Mission: The DOSR supports and promotes discovery and clinical research within the department. Our focus is on developing the research abilities of trainees and fostering the synergistic potential of collaboration between basic scientists and clinician scientists. We believe this synergy has the greatest potential to create important knowledge and new and better treatments for our patients.


Department of Surgery Research Committee, Mission:


The Research Committee of the Department of Surgery provides a forum for representatives of department divisions to organize, support, and develop policy related to departmental research activities.


The senior director of the Division of Surgical Research, Dr. Colin Anderson, chairs the research committee overseeing research programs in the division. The research committee is made up of members from each division within the department as well as a surgical resident and a basic science student to represent graduate students.


TOR of research committee


The Division of Surgical Research offers research facilities for graduate students or surgical residents who wish to register for the degree of MSc or PhD in experimental surgery.


Membership in the Department of Surgery is multidisciplinary with basic scientists and surgeon-scientists from all surgical subspecialties within the department. Research interests are focused in the following areas:

  • Islet transplantation
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Burns and wound healing
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Neurological development and disease
  • Tissue repair
  • Biomarkers and disease prevention
  • Orthopedics and Tissue Engineering
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Oncology
  • Hepatitis
  • Immunology of transplantation, autoimmunity, and viral diseases
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Surgical education

Research Institutions and Facilities

Alberta Diabetes Institute

Ray Rajotte Surgical Medical Research Institute

Surgical Simulation Research Laboratory