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Surgery Residency Research From the beginning of their careers as surgeons our residents will engage in research activities aimed at increasing knowledge and promoting advances in surgical care. Our general surgery residents are provided a variety of opportunities to accomplish this goal. They participate in basic science, clinical, outcomes, global surgery, public health and health policy research. Each year a few surgical residents elect to spend 2 years dedicated to scholarly activities and obtaining additional research training. The majority of residents have elected to also obtain a masters degree during this two year block. Masters degrees that have been obtained include: MBA, Masters in translational sciences, MPH, MHA, and a Masters in Entrepreneurship.

Research Infrastructure

The Department of Surgery has dedicated research administrators who, engage and guide residents in identifying research mentors as well as assist with the development, funding and execution of research proposals. Support for data management and analysis is available through the Temple Clinical Research Institute.

Temple Clinical Research Institute (TCRI): TCRI’s mission is to provide a transformative infrastructure of expertise and resources designed to enhance and accelerate multidisciplinary clinical research of the highest quality throughout Temple Health. TCRI facilitates access to biostatistical and bioinformatics support, synergistic multidisciplinary teams to address new research opportunities and optimal scientific productivity with a patient-centered and ethical approach.

Basic Science Research Opportunities 

General surgery residents participate in basic science research projects in a variety of departments within Temple University. Below is a list of some of the research centers at Temple where surgery residents have worked.

Center for Metabolic Disease Research Program (CMDR)CMDR is designed to conduct basic science and clinical relevant research to identify the cause-effect relationship between novel therapeutic targets and the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases and vascular pathologies associated with metabolic diseases. Residents have worked with Dr. Dr. Xiao-feng Yang and Dr. Eric Choi in the division of vascular surgery on signaling molecules in angiogenesis.

Temple Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC)CVRC is a consortium of basic and clinical scientists with a broad mission to develop new knowledge that will lead to better understanding of the causes of cardiovascular diseases.

Temple Department of BioengineeringResidents have worked under the direction of Dr. Evangelia Bellas and Dr. Andrew Gassman at Temple University’s School of Bioengineering/Division of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, investigating adipose tissue structure and function.

Research Training 

Surgery Resident - Research Presentation Details of some of the research infrastructure and training opportunities available to surgical residents at Temple University are listed below.

Temple University College of Public Health: Along with multiple other training tracts, the Temple University College of Public Health offers a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology.  This program has provided many of our surgical residents with expertise in; study design and appropriate data analyses that can be used to accurately quantify and assess population-based, health-related outcomes; data management of health-related cross-sectional, experimental, longitudinal and survey data; and real-world problem solving through experiential training.

Temple University Fox School of Business Masters in Health Administration: This program is designed to allow health care professionals to apply financial analysis and modeling to facilitate diagnosis and decision-making; build translatable leadership and consulting skills for different areas of healthcare; and manage business operations effectively in global, regional and organizational cultures.

Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine Global Surgery Initiative: This program provides residents with exposure to global health. Residents typically complete a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology while participating in global surgery research projects in collaboration with surgeons in Ghana and Tanzania.

Clinical Health Services Research Certificate: The Clinical Health Services Research (CHSR) Graduate Certificate in Temple’s College of Public Health is a 12-credit program that trains students in the foundations of health services and population health research, with the goal of becoming informed collaborating members of healthcare research teams.

Harwick Surgical Resident Research Symposium: Each year students and residents have the opportunity to present their research at the department of surgery Harwick Surgical Resident Research Symposium. For more details on the program and to submit abstracts please email Lawrence Oresanya MD ( 

Ongoing Research Projects

View current resident research experiences.