Research and Facilities

Liise K. Kayler, MD.

Liise K. Kayler, MD, conducts research focused on donor selection, kidney transplantation outcomes and delivery of high-quality care. 

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.

Biostatistics Services

  • Ekaterina Noyes, PhD, MPH, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, is available to assist our faculty with their research projects including study design and implementation, randomization, sample size and power calculations, data analysis and report writing. The primary aim is to prioritize funded studies and also accommodate unfunded IRB approved projects large or small.
  • 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:

We share our research studies with physicians and scientists worldwide through publications in leading academic journals. View a listing of our faculty’s most recent publications.
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.