PSTORC logoThe Pediatric Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research Center (PSTORC) is a collaborative network of principle investigators, trainees and support staff focused on finding answers to clinical, institutional and policy questions that impact the health of our children and their communities. The center encourages and supports rigorous, hypothesis based research focused on improving care for pediatric patients and prioritizes training of the future leaders in clinical research.

Conceptual Framework

PSTORC conceptual framework


Our Team


Member PIs


  • Project Manager: Claudia Orlas Bolanos, MD

Consulting PIs

Associate Clinical Researcher

  • Yawen Chen, MD, MPH

Resident Educational Experience

  • Weekly meeting with PI
  • Presentation at P-STORC meetings when assigned
  • Three projects at beginning of 1st year
    • Review article, metanalysis, or book chapter on topic to be determined prior to start of research time
      • Intended to familiarize resident and PI with current literature on the topic under study
    • Database analysis using previously structured data (Outcomes)
      • Resident coding expected
      • Proposed study presented to P-STORC with input from collaborators
      • Data collection, data evaluation, manuscript preparation
    • Prospective project (EPSN or other)
      • Willingness to take up ongoing prospective projects
      • Data collection, data evaluation, manuscript preparation
    • Presentation at national meeting