Surgical Research

Surgical Research

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Surgical Research is to enhance patient care through the advancement of biomedical knowledge, and to employ cutting edge technologies to pursue new therapeutic breakthroughs. The research in the Division spans a variety of disciplines, and encompasses clinical, basic, and translational research.


Division Spotlights

Brian Sprague, PhD along with his collaborators has been awarded an R03 grant from NCI to study a new technology in breast cancer screening (tomosynthesis with synthetic 2D views). 

The Office of Health Promotion Research received the Department of Defense Patriot Award to recognize its support of VBCSS staff member and Vermont Army Reserve National Guard combat medic Denis Nunez.  VBCSS administrator Dawn Pelkey accepted the award on behalf of the department.  The award recognizes employers for their outstanding support and flexibility in employing  service members who are frequently called to duty on short notice for critical missions in Vermont and around the world.  We thank Denis for his service to our country and his great work for the VBCSS!


Jonathan E. Boyson, PhD  Bio | Lab
Division Chief, Associate Professor, Roger G. Allbee Professor of Surgery

Thomas P. Ahern, PhD, MPH  Bio
Assistant Professor

Robert Chase Cockrell, PhD  Bio
Assistant Professor

Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD  Bio | Lab
Associate Professor

Dev Majumdar, PhD  Bio | Lab
Assistant Professor

Brian L. Sprague, PhD  Bio | Lab
Associate Professor & Green & Gold Professorship in Surgical Research

Administrative Assistant