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Department of Surgery

Division of Research

Cole Lab

The MUSC Department of Surgery is directed by David J. Cole, MD, an internationally recognized Surgical Oncologist. 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.

The clinical programs within the Department of Surgery are well recognized for excellence in adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, transplant surgery as well as general and GI surgery. The Department’s congenital heart surgery program is among the world's best. In addition, the Department houses nationally recognized expertise in the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis, and bariatric surgery. The transplant surgery program was recognized in multiple years for high performance with excellent clinical results.

To complement the clinical programs, exceptional basic science research laboratories have been established in the areas of Transplant Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery & Regenerative Medicine, Surgical Oncology/ Immunology, Gastroenterology/Laparoscopic Surgery, and Bioengineering. Extramural funding for these laboratories includes sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the VA Administration, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and others. In addition to pursuing investigator-initiated research projects, these laboratories have provided the opportunity for students, residents and engineers to participate in active basic and translational research programs. Teaching within the Department of Surgery has always been a priority, as reflected by student performance above national norms, and by the number of MUSC Golden Apples awarded for excellence in teaching to our Department of Surgery faculty, residents, and staff over the past decade.

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.

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Surgical Innovation

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