As a university-based residency program, we believe it is an important part of our mission to train residents who will ultimately discover new knowledge that will improve the care of patients. As such, we wish to provide opportunities for scholarly work in clinical, behavioral and basic science research for all surgical residents. To promote the development of the Surgical Housestaff interested in an academic career, flexible programs for a rewarding research experience are established either at an extramural site or in concert with the Basic Science faculty or Clinical faculty at the University of South Alabama.

Research in clinical outcomes, education, health services, and other areas is compatible with the department's educational goals and will be approved if an appropriate plan is developed by the resident and the proposed mentor.

For those interested in basic science research, two years of dedicated time is recommended. Ideally, basic research should be performed under the mentorship of accomplished investigators with a track record of extramural funding and known mentorship abilities.


The Department of Surgery Center for Clinical Research

The Department of Surgery actively engages in extramurally funded clinical research.  The vast majority of these endeavors are investigational studies in relation to pharmacotherapy. 

Surgery Research.jpgFrom left: Dr. Mark Gillespie, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology: Dr. Larry Lee (resident); Dr. Jon Simmons, Associate Professor and Program Director; and Dr. William Richards, Professor and Chair of Surgery.

After completing two years of residency in general surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Dr. Larry Lee decided to take a year hiatus from residency training to enhance his education and apprecation for the basic science aspect of clinical care by conducting research with Dr. Mark Gillespie.

Dr. Lee, who investigates multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in trauma patients, was recently awarded first place in the Alabama chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Residents Poster Competition for his research presentation.  Dr. Lee is  also the recipient of an American Heart Association post doctoral fellowship, which funds this research project, along with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For referral of patients into a study, as well as recruitment of study participants, Please contact  Ms. Kelley Prutzman.

Ms. Kelley Bose Prutzman, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator
710 Mastin Bldg
Phone: (251) 471-7988

Current Trials

The Center for Lung Biology

The Mitchell Cancer Institute




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