The Division of Surgical Sciences is committed to creating a nourishing environment for investigators of all levels. The Division follows these guiding principles: Excellence in Research, Resource Sharing, Mentoring for Success, Finance and Accountability, and Outreach for Growth.
A positive research environment, built on a foundation of collaboration, mentorship, and mutual respect is vital to ensuring the long-term success of surgical research. The DOSS encourages resource-sharing and incentivizes teamwork to eliminate silos and foster an environment where researchers can stay, build positive relationships, and grow to their fullest potential.
We welcome diverse perspectives within the surgical team, as well as those from across the School of Medicine and other UVA Institutes. Cross-functional research collaboration facilitates problem solving and complementary approaches for deeper understanding of research topics. Our outreach initiatives include seminars, joint lab meetings, small-group chalkboard discussions, retreats and research conferences, and regular online communications to make information as accessible as possible.
By investing in the success of our researchers at all levels, we accomplish our primary goal of excellence in research in the areas of organ transplantation and protection, oncology and immunity, exercise physiology and stress response, nano-drug delivery and targeted therapy, and stem cell biology and precision medicine. We create an infrastructure that connects basic/translational research to clinical outcome health care, which leads to greater advancement in therapeutic development and application of emerging technologies in patient care.
Jianjie Ma, PhD
Chief, Division of Surgical Sciences