Bariatric surgery is now the 2nd most common abdominal procedure performed in the United States. Despite being one of the most common surgical procedures in most surgery departments, there are considerably fewer scientists studying bariatric surgery than other clinical areas (e.g., surgical oncology, vascular surgery, transplantation), particularly surgeon-scientists. Preparing the next generation of scientists to tackle the most pressing scientific questions in obesity surgery is essential particularly since this is an area that is seeing rapid clinical growth.
The purpose of this NIH sponsored training grant is to provide an intensive research training experience at the University of Michgan. The program integrates all aspects of bariatric surgery from "bench to bedside, and practice to policy" - allowing us to address fundamental questions about bariatric surgery in a multidisciplinary way. This program improves obesity surgery research by integrating these various scientific disciplines in order to produce significant cross-fertilization among scientists, clinicians and health service investigators on this critical topic. Enhanced training will increase the number of investigators using sophisticated approaches to these large-scale problems associated with using surgical approaches to treat obesity and related co-morbidities.
To learn more, contact:
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH (Co-Director)
Randy Seeley, PhD (Co-Director)