Research and Innovation Resources

Research Day held in Jacobs School of Medicine and BioMedical Science
Research Day in Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery’s passion for providing extraordinary patient care has generated a trans-disciplinary research and innovation enterprise committed to academic excellence, impactful research, and trans-formative innovation.

Research and Innovation in the Department of Surgery is managed by the Research and Innovation Committee, which is comprised of a diverse membership and meets monthly. The Research and Innovation Committee’s primary goals are to provide support for the Department of Surgery’s investigators, innovators, and trainees and pursue integration of research across disciplines, sites, and researcher types to promote new collaborative thinking.

Both residents and faculty are provided with resources to assist and encourage research. To explore recent publications, visit resident publications and faculty publications pages.

Biostatistics Services

  • Ekaterina Noyes PhD MPH, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, is available to assist Department of Surgery faculty with their research projects including study design and implementation, randomization, sample size and power calculations, data analysis and report writing. The primary aim is to prioritize funded studies and also accommodate unfunded IRB approved projects large or small.
  • ECMC-Trauma Surgery has statistical support through the Department of Biostatistics. Contact Jihnhee Yu PhD ( for more information.
  • External resources include: Peter Elkin MD, MACP, FACMI, FNYAM, Biomedical Informatics, whose group builds cohorts by merging electronic data and performs data analysis. Additionally, the CTRC Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) core offers limited data analysis and methodology support.
  • Dr. Gregory Gudleski ( Director, Clinical Research Consulting Lab. Behavioral Medicine Clinic. Department of Medicine (non-surgery projects only). ECMC/F-117 DK Miller Bldg.

Division Research Meetings

UB Surgery Research groups hold monthly meetings for residents and faculty as follows:

PediatricsFirst Tuesdays of the month 4-5pmRoom 1002 Oishei Children’s HospitalN/A
TransplantEvery Tuesday 12:30-1:30pmKayler’s office ECMC 10th
BGH General SurgeryQuarterlyBuffalo General
ECMC General SurgeryEvery Tuesday 2pmErie County Medical
VascularFirst Thursdays of the month 9-10amBGH 7th floor B-7 Conference

Research Coordinator Services

Surgery research coordinators provide administrative, regulatory, and grant management support to clinicians conducting surgery-related research in the areas of basic and translational science, clinical trials, and health outcomes. Research coordinators work closely with the CTRC’s Clinical Research Office (CRO) to secure IRB approval, negotiate budgets and contracts, the Office of Research Advancement (ORA) to facilitate grant preparation and with Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) for grant submission. There are 4 surgery research groups (Pediatrics, Vascular, BGH General Surgery, ECMC General Surgery, Transplant), each of which has designated research coordinators as follows:

Research GroupCoordinatorContact
Mollie O’Brien-Irr MS
Elizabeth Borngraber MS
ECMC General Surgery
Judy Wilkins RN MS
BGH General Surgery
Mollie O’Brien-Irr MS

Research Grant Writer Services

For assistance with grant writing contact Beth Dolph PhD

Research and Innovation Training Opportunities

Dr. Carrie Ryan presenting at Research Day
Resident, Dr. Carrie Ryan presenting at Research Day

We aim to increase educational opportunities by identifying existing opportunities within the CTSI ecosystem and work to leverage advanced communication and information technology to access learning experiences such as: