IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis is a state-of-the art research campus that includes in vitro, in vivo bench research and translational research as well as clinical trials.

Research Facilities

Excellent core facilities, including proteomics, microarray, animal CT, PET, MRI imaging, molecular imaging, knock-out/transgenic animal, pathology, immunohistochemistry and vector are accessible to laboratories on campus to facilitate medical research. The Department of Surgery currently has premium laboratory space in the Medical Science Building and the new Research 3 Building.

Additional research space for the Department of Surgery exists in the Medical Research and Library Building (IB) that contains two large animate operating rooms dedicated to the Department of Surgery and houses the Department of Surgery Center for Advanced Surgical Technology.

Surgery Resident Research

Research residents in surgery are exceedingly productive during their research years and have been recipients of multiple awards and honors. The Department of Surgery is understandably very proud of its resident achievements in research, and their research is showcased in multiple forums on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus, including the Surgical Research Forum, JK Berman Program, Grand Rounds, and Visiting Faculty Programs throughout the academic calendar year. In addition, the Department of Surgery fully supports presentation of resident work at regional and national meetings, and publication of their work in quality, peer-reviewed journals.

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty is actively involved in a myriad of clinical projects independently, in the setting of national trials as well as with collaborators at Indiana University, Purdue and Notre Dame.

Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery

Under the direction of Ben Zarzaur, MD, MPH, the Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery is a valuable resource for the IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery, as faculty investigators work to integrate research efforts and collaborate with other surgical departments, school and centers within IU School of Medicine. The center offers expertise in research design, study methodology, primary and secondary data gathering, and complex analysis.

Surgery Summer Research Program

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery offers up to six summer research opportunities for first year medical students. Research opportunities are available in the areas of surgery basic science and translational/clinical topics. First-year medical students who are interested in the program are encouraged to identify potential mentors within the department and to develop a short, 300-word research proposal to be reviewed by program leadership. Proposal submissions are due no later than April 15.

Students selected for the program will receive a $2,500 stipend for an eight-week rotation. Mentors of the program include Brian Brewer, MD; Leonidas Koniaris, MD; Milan Radovich, PhD; Bruce Robb, MD; and Teresa Zimmers, PhD. Additional questions may be directed to Dr. Koniaris.