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Basic Science Research

We train the next generation of scientists through residencies, fellowships, graduate programs, and collaborations across a variety of disciplines.

The Department of Surgery is improving the lives of patients through innovative research. Faculty members are engaged in groundbreaking research that examines mechanisms and processes related to diseases that are impacted by surgery. Faculty actively support basic scientific research across a broad range of areas including transplantation, cardiothoracic surgery, and surgical oncology. The Department of Surgery has a collaborative research environment in which laboratory-based research is informed by clinical observations.

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Research by Division

Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has established a significant research infrastructure to support and facilitate a wide range of research areas and projects, both in basic sciences and clinical/translational investigation.

GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

The Division of GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery conducts clinical research in several areas:

Pediatric Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Surgery provides the most modern and pioneering surgical treatments to infants and children of the Rocky Mountain region.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery combines a commitment to world-class patient care with innovative research and education to advance both the science and the art of plastic surgery.

Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology conducts a diverse array of basic-science and clinical research. 

With a commitment of curing through discovery and research, improved patient outcomes, and leading education programs, faculty are moving cancer surgery forward.

Transplant Surgery

The Division of Transplant Surgery transplant program is one of the largest in the United States, with a goal to continue to grow and lead in the arena of innovative clinical transplant surgery, research, and educating the next generation of transplant surgeons.


The Division of Urology conducts basic and translational research focused on the mechanisms underlying pathological changes in benign urological disorders in adults and children.

Vascular Surgery

The Department of Surgery has a rich history of research with fundamental discoveries in basic, translational and clinical sciences that have shaped the practice of surgery and medicine regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

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