The Department of Surgery is committed to excellence in research, in keeping with the mission of Stony Brook Medicine. Recent faculty publications demonstrate this excellence. The research done by our residents also reflects the highest degree of excellence; see their recent presentations and publications.
Residents are required to conduct at least one research project each year, and to present the findings of their study at the Department's annual Research Day program, which features an exhibit of poster presentations.
Residents are offered a basic research experience of 1–2 years’ duration during their residency experience. Opportunities for collaborative research continue to grow. Senior academic faculty act as mentors. The training model we use is interdepartmental, matching a faculty member in our department with a basic scientist in another department to serve as co-mentors for the resident.
Our faculty provide overall direction and clinical grounding for the resident’s project, while the basic scientists provide lab space, direct supervision, and exposure to bench techniques. Recent collaborations have included the departments of microbiology, physiology, and biomedical engineering.
We provide residents with opportunities for instruction in biostatistics and research methodology, as well as basic science concepts important in current research efforts in surgery. We are also active participants in the institution’s application for both K-23 and K-30 grants from the NIH with several of our faculty members acting as mentors along with basic science collaborators.
Special support is provided by the Esther Rentas Resident Research Award — established in 2010 by former resident Mark M. Melendez, MD, MBA (Class of 2010), in memory of his grandmother — to help residents in pursuing basic and clinical surgical research. This research grant award is presented each year in June at our resident graduation event.