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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
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • General surgery specialties and surgical oncology
  • Minimally invasive surgery/bariatrics
  • Outcomes research and quality
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Trauma, acute care and critical care surgery

Learn more about our current clinical studies in surgery.

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