The Penn State Health Department of Surgery is committed to advancing the science of surgery through the pursuit of pioneering research, scholarly activity and innovation. Research initiatives within the department range from NIH-supported research in bioengineering and the surgical basic sciences, to industry sponsored clinical trials, to entrepreneurial technology transfer and innovation programs. All divisions sponsor programs of research and scholarly investigation.

Learn More About Surgery

Surgery research is conducted in the following areas or divisions:

  • Applied biomedical engineering
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery)
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Surgical weight loss
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Transplant surgery
  • Urology

Learn more about our current clinical studies in surgery.

David Soybel, MD, is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery.

Read more about Dr. Soybel here.

Heidi Payne, MBA, is Associate Director of Surgical Research.

Reach her at

Continuing education events in surgery appear below, as available.

Contact Us

To speak to someone about surgery research and collaborations, please call 717-531-5810 or email Heidi Payne at