Research Introduction

Welcome to the Division of Research, housed within the Department of Surgery at UW Medicine. Faculty, fellows, and residents in our department participate in a wide variety of research across ten major focus areas: gastrointestinal physiology and metabolism; transplantation; injury, burn, and inflammation; cancer; reperfusion; simulation and education; vascular biology; pharmaceutical and device trials; and health services.

We operate research facilities at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, South Lake Union, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.   

The Division of Research’s mission is to strengthen, support, and solidify the research community within the DoS; a place that maximizes the culture of inquiry, leads the nation in innovative and impactful research, and values, incentivizes, and grows researchers. We have focused our energy in four (4) main cores that elevate the research experience: 

  • Central Services
  • Training
  • Metrics and Reporting
  • Bench / Translational Research

Some of the ways we have done this include Research Grand Rounds, which highlight the work of our faculty researchers; quarterly grant activity reports celebrating the hard work of our faculty, trainees, and administrative staff; and in-depth researcher profiles, which have become a regular and popular feature in our quarterly department newsletter Surgery Synopsis.   

We invite you to explore the Division website to learn how to partner with us to support the exciting research happening in our department. We continue to rely upon the generosity of concerned donors to help us do what we do best: save and improve lives through high impact and innovative research.  

Contact Us

If you would like more information on how to support research, please contact UW Medicine Advancement at (206) 543-5686 or, or visit UW Medicine Advancement


Portrait photo of Dr. Douglas Wood

Douglas E. Wood, MD,

The Henry N. Harkins
Professor and Chair

Dr. David Flum

David R. Flum, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Research