Research Overview

 Researcher using pipette

Research and knowledge-creation have been hallmarks of the Department of Surgery since its inception, as we recognize the relationship between innovation and improved patient care.  The Department of Surgery Research Committee aims to foster an environment that supports excellence in surgical research, and assists in establishing our Department of Surgery as a National leader in this field.

In 2017, The Department of Surgery formed four Research Nodes to align resources and promote growth within our Department and beyond. The Department of Surgery Research Committee, chaired by Dr. Kelly Vogt, is comprised of members of each surgical division and research node. The committee supports faculty research, focusing particularly on early career investigators. Members of the research committee adjudicate internal research grants and research awards, and coordinate the annual Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day, named in honour of Dr. Robert Zhong, a brilliant scientist and colleague who passed away in 2006. Our Annual Research Day showcases departmental research from the trainee to the faculty level, and allows a unique opportunity to foster collaborations with colleagues from across the city.