Research in General Surgery
Exposure to critical scientific investigation is an integral component of surgical resident education at Henry Ford Hospital. A wide variety of opportunities in basic and clinical research are available for the residents to participate in during surgical residency. All of the surgical residents at Henry Ford Hospital participate in clinical research projects that are presented at local, regional, and national forums. Each resident is required to present at our weekly Surgical Grand Rounds at the end of the Pgy3, 4 and 5 years. Residents who desire a more broad ranging exposure to research can select a 1 or 2 year funded research fellowship in basic or clinical research. A wide variety of research opportunities exist in the department of surgery and health system, however, we have numerous ongoing, research collaborations regionally and nationally to maximize the research experience for our house officers.
Our external research funding approximates $50 million annually, internally supplemented by $15 million from the Fund for Henry Ford Hospital, which places us nationally in the top 15 percent of all such institutions.
Clinical research provides state of the art therapeutic regimens for our patients as well as enhancing surgical knowledge. The large, diverse patient base at Henry Ford hospital, combined with the availability of our electronic medical record facilitates clinical research and data acquisition. The majority of faculty within the surgical department, are involved in clinical research activities and serve as research mentors for our residents. The departmental research office is staffed by dedicated grants management personnel, clinical research nurses, and clerical staff to aid resident research activities. Studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies total about $7 million per year.
Dr. Amir Siddiqui recently received over $3 million from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid services to investigate mobility and implement a Mobility Team into the hospital setting.
The Department of Surgery is the only surgical department in the world to participate in NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute funded medical research involving care capabilities for the current and future space program. This research is crucial for the next phase of space exploration; however, many of the educational and therapeutics techniques which are being developed in these investigations are directly transferable to emergency care on Earth. The NASA research projects involve advanced ultrasound and laparoscopic techniques that astronauts or cosmonauts could use on their International Space Station; residents who participate in these trials travel to the Johnson Space Center for microgravity experiments in the NASA Microgravity Research facility