The mission of the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina includes patient care, teaching, and research. The Department has a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care as well as in teaching. More recently, an outstanding research effort in both clinical and basic science has been developed by building on the strengths of previous faculty members and by utilizing the strengths of newly recruited faculty members. As a result, exceptional basic science research laboratories have been established in the areas of surgical immunology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, shock/trauma, and oncology. Extramural funding for these laboratories includes sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the VA Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and others.
In addition to carrying out their role of providing new information regarding disease processes, these laboratories have provided the opportunity for both students and residents to participate in active programs recognized at the national level. For example, in the past year, one surgical resident was awarded the first Nina S. Braunwald Fellowship by the Research and Education Committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. In addition, residents have attended national and international conferences to present their work. One such resident has recently been presented the Outstanding Resident Research Award by the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association. Finally, several residents have utilized their laboratory experience in obtaining advanced degrees.
The research in the Department of Surgery has contributed another measure of excellence to the Department and has provided residents with invaluable research experience as a preparation for their future careers.