Teaching tomorrow's surgeons

In collaboration with the University of Vermont Health Network, the Department of Surgery strives to recruit and retain the best faculty members to train our medical students.  The Department provides surgical services and training at the University of Vermont Health Network and is proud to be an integral part of this high quality, cost efficient health care center.  Our mission is to provide excellent patient care, superb resident and medical student training, and to foster research and innovation.   


Faculty and student practice microsutures

Education

From the entering novice medical student to the most experienced practitioner, the educational contribution of our department significantly and positively impacts the quality of care throughout Vermont and the areas throughout the country where our graduates practice. The major focus of our educational programs lies in Medical Student Education, Resident Education, Continuing Medical Education and Skills Labs.

Physicians in the skull base lab

Research

A broad spectrum of activities are directed toward improving the quality of our patient care and toward developing novel, innovative therapies. Through investigator-initiated trials, as well as national cooperative group, and industry-funded trials, department faculty are able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments not otherwise available.

Department Highlights

Matt Alef (Vascular Surgery) recently teamed up for a collaboration with Drs. Mary Cushman (Medicine) and Neil Zakai (Medicine) to submit the grant, “Understanding and Treating Venous Leg Ulcers.” 

Brian Sprague, PhD, Division of Surgical Research, was awarded a Health Services Research Pilot Grant from the Larner College of Medicine, for his proposal, “Evaluation of a cancer risk assessment questionnaire to guide cancer screening decision-making in primary care.”

Bruce Leavitt, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery) and a team of 10 from UVM, are part of Team Heart, a nonprofit focused on bringing cardiac care to people in Rwanda.  Watch the WCAX segment


Departmental News

Ahern Featured in Healio/HemOnc Today Article on Medications Associated with Breast Cancer

August 16, 2019 by Heather McCabe

(AUGUST 2, 2019) Healio.com highlighted research conducted by Assistant Professor of Surgery Thomas P. Ahern, Ph.D., M.P.H and colleagues in an article, titled "Certain medications linked to increased breast cancer risk."
(AUGUST 2, 2019) Healio.com highlighted research conducted by Assistant Professor of Surgery Thomas P. Ahern, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues in an article, titled "Certain medications linked to increased breast cancer risk." The piece summarizes an study published by Ahern and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on phthalate exposure and breast cancer incidence. Ahern wrote that “Preclinical evidence suggests that some phthalates promote breast tumor growth through ER signaling. Estrogen-independent breast cancer promotion mechanisms have also been reported for phthalates, as have antiestrogenic effects.”
Read the full article in Healio here >>. 
Read the study in Journal of Clinical Oncology here>>.

Upcoming Events

Surgery Grand Rounds is held every Thursday during the academic year (September - June) in the Davis Auditorium from 7:30-8:30 am followed by M&M Conference from 8:30-9:30 am.

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