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"Knowledge is our core business and I am extremely proud of the Department of Surgery's involvement in the development of new knowledge and its application to the benefit of patients as well as its dissemination to a new generation of surgeons. Whether it is in the basic science laboratory or the clinical arena, we are excited and inspired by the work of our team."

Robert E. Michler, MD
Chairman and Professor, Department of Surgery and
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

In recognition of the vital role that research plays in providing patients with the most current and cutting edge treatments available, Montefiore's Department of Surgery has an annual Research Day. All of the surgical residents are required to submit an abstract of their research projects. Abstracts are selected by a panel of judges to be presented as either an oral or poster presentation during Research Day. The expectation is that the work and abstracts will eventually be submitted for presentation at regional and national meetings.

In 2011, Dr. Michler created the position of Director of Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics in the Department of Surgery and Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. A dedicated expert in the field of research methodology and biostatistics, Patricia Friedmann, M.S., provides individualized support to all residents and their research.

The Department of Surgery's T32 Research Training Program in Surgical Oncology

The T32 Research Training Program is funded by a Ruth L Kirschtein NRSA T32 training grant from the NCI/NIH. The program is designed for surgical residents to spend two years dedicated to training in the conduct of basic and translational research. The program will accept two trainees per year and provide two years of dedicated research training in Surgical Oncology.

The training program will consist of two years of laboratory research, formal coursework and participation in relevant journal clubs and seminars. The training will also include participation in the Department of Surgery's annual Research Day and attendance at departmental and professional conferences and relevant workshops. Successful trainees will have submitted at least two abstracts to national meetings and at least one original manuscript for peer review by the completion of the training program. The curriculum is designed to prepare the trainee to pursue a career as a surgeon scientist.

Surgical residents in their second year of surgical residency, or those who have completed two years of clinical training, and residents interested in research and willing to make a two-year commitment to research training are eligible to apply.

To apply, send a letter of interest to the Program Director Robert E. Michler, MD at and we will send back an application package upon receipt.