The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is home to many faculty members who conduct Basic Science Research (research aimed at improving scientific theories and understanding). The Department has various clinical trials, which are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. The Department has several patient registries, which collect information about patients who are affected by a particular disease or condition. They are often used to collect data to evaluate outcomes for a specific population and serve a specific scientific purpose. In addition, some faculty members conduct Outcomes Research, a type of public health research that focuses on the end results (outcomes) of the structure and processes of the health care system in an effort to understand the efficacy of particular health care practices and interventions. Some faculty members also conduct preclinical studies, testing medical treatment in animals in order to collect data in support of the safety of new treatment before clinical trials in humans can be started.
Please explore the following for more information on research iniatives pursued by all arms of our Department: