Research is a cornerstone of modern medicine and is the foundation for new treatments and surgical techniques for heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. The research mission of the Division of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery is to create and foster an environment whereby new knowledge is generated that will advance the field and ultimately benefit our patients. All faculty members are involved in various types of research including studying basic scientific questions related to diseases of the chest and the heart, as well as important clinical research questions related to best practices for the care of our patients. We have a variety of faculty-driven research programs that are working to solve important clinical questions such as how blood vessel aneurysms form, why transplanted lungs fail over time, and how to determine the best treatment for a particular patient at a particular time. These are just examples of a few of the research programs that are actively on-going within our Division.
Our Division has a long history of success in research and has contributed significantly to the medical literature on a number of important topics related to heart and lung diseases. Our faculty has been hugely successful in obtaining extramural funding with over 70% of the faculty having NIH funding through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), or the Patient centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This level of peer-reviewed extramural support is nearly unprecedented in academic thoracic surgical departments around the country, and is perhaps the strongest evidence of the commitment of our Division and its faculty to our research mission.