Research and Facilities

Liise Kayler, John Reiner Narvaez, and Kevin Espino.

Liise Kayler, John Reiner Narvaez, and Kevin Espino.

Our pursuit of groundbreaking research in surgery complements our department’s commitment to excellence in clinical care and education.

Research and Innovation Resources

Our passion for providing extraordinary patient care has generated a trans-disciplinary research and innovation enterprise committed to academic excellence, impactful research, and trans-formative innovation.

Research and innovation is managed by the Research and Innovation Committee, which is comprised of a diverse membership and meets monthly. The Research and Innovation Committee’s primary goals are to provide support for our investigators, innovators, and trainees and pursue integration of research across disciplines, sites, and researcher types to promote new collaborative thinking.

Surgery Plus Program

The Surgery Plus Program grants residents 1 to 2 years of protected time for research and the pursuit of advanced degrees with no financial obligation. 

Epidemiology MPH

The Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health offers a Masters in Public Health degree that enables you to learn and practice foundational public health knowledge and competencies, as well as epidemiological, statistical, research and survey methods to help discover the determinants—including biological, behavioral, social and organizational—of diseases and injuries.

Combined degree programs are also offered allowing you to obtain two degrees in less time and fewer credits.

Biostatistics Services

ECMC-Trauma Surgery has statistical support through the Department of Biostatistics. Contact Jihnhee Yu, PhD, for more information.

External resources include:

Division Research Meetings

We hold monthly meetings for residents and faculty as follows:

Meeting When Where Contact
Pediatrics Quarterly Room 1002 Oishei Children's Hospital
Transplant Every Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm Kayler’s office ECMC 10th floor
BGH General Hospital Quarterly Buffalo General Hospital
ECMC General Surgery Every Tuesday 2pm Erie County Medical Center
Vascular First Thursdays of the month 9-10am BGH 7th floor B-7 Conference Room

Research Coordinator Services

Surgery research coordinators provide administrative, regulatory, and grant management support to clinicians conducting surgery-related research in the areas of basic and translational science, clinical trials, and health outcomes. Research coordinators work closely with the CTRC’s Clinical Research Office (CRO) to secure IRB approval, negotiate budgets and contracts, the Office of Research Advancement (ORA) to facilitate grant preparation and with Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) for grant submission. 

There are four surgery research groups: Pediatrics, Vascular, BGH General Surgery, ECMC General Surgery, Transplant. Each has designated research coordinators:

Research Group Coordinator Contact
Vascular Mollie O'Brien-Irr MS
Pediatric Sonja Williams
ECMC General Surgery Judy Wilkins RN MS
BGH General Surgery Mollie O'Brien-Irr MS

Research Grant Writer Services

For assistance with grant writing contact:

Beth Dolph

Research Assistant

Department of Surgery

Erie County Medical Center

Phone: (716) 898-3337


Research and Innovation Training Opportunities

We aim to increase educational opportunities by identifying existing opportunities within the CTSI ecosystem and work to leverage advanced communication and information technology to access learning experiences such as:

Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP)

ECRIP was established in 2000 to promote training of physicians in clinical research in order to advance biomedical research in New York State. The program provides Center Awards to teaching hospitals to assist clinician researchers for two years. Department of Surgery faculty member, Liise Kayler, and Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health faculty member, Ekaterina Noyes, have recently secured over $1 million in ECRIP grants to support their research efforts.

National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)

The Department of Surgery is a member of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program provided by the American College of Surgeons. The program is designed to measure and improve surgical care by providing tools and validated data that are used to make informed decisions.

We share our research studies with physicians and scientists worldwide through publications in leading academic journals.
We receive funding from a variety of sources that recognize the value of our high-impact research.
We encourage residents to work on clinical and translational research projects during their training.
Our research day highlights our continued productivity in research and publications. This is a great opportunity to interact with your colleagues and see the diverse research activity in our department.