Department of Surgery


UPMC is home to groundbreaking research activities conducted by faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. University of Pittsburgh scientists contributed to more than 18,000 medical research papers in the last 10 years, ranking UPMC among the top medical research institutions in the country. The medical center’s investigators stand at the leading edge of research, developing the procedures, drugs, and devices of tomorrow’s medicine.

Almost every member of the Department of Surgery engages in clinical or laboratory research. Faculty interests cover a wide spectrum of subjects, including surgical metabolism; cardiovascular and gastrointestinal physiology; transplantation; mechanical circulatory assisting devices; surgical techniques and equipment, such as membrane oxygenation or stapling devices; studies of hemorrhagic and septic shock; and surgical oncology. Resident participation in independent, ongoing research projects is strongly encouraged, and the program is designed to provide special experience and training for those interested in academic surgery. 

Research takes place in core and shared facilities in the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, UPMC Montefiore, Scaife Hall, and the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, with collaboration among the divisions of the Department of Surgery.

Research Programs

Our faculty are affiliated with several multidisciplinary research programs at Pitt and UPMC.


Our outstanding investigators are leaders in all aspects of surgical research, each working towards the goal of improving outcomes for patients. 


Our commitment to excellence in research drives our commitment to seek out and train the best of the next generation of biomedical scientists.

Open Positions in Surgery

View Department of Surgery's open Staff positions.