About this Research Thrust

From robotic surgery to artificial intelligence, the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital explores research areas that aim to reimagine the way surgery is performed in order to improve patient care.

Laboratories and Researchers

Cell Resource Core

The Cell Resource Core at Mass General provides fresh and cryopreserved hepatocytes for use by researchers at Mass General and other research institutions.

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Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery

The faculty that comrpise the Mass General Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery are the ambassadors of bioengineering, bringing technology to the forefront of biomedical research and the practice of medicine.

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Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD

Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD, is an associate professor and deputy director of the BioMEMS Resource Center at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Irimia's research is focused on designing sophisticated tools to measure relevant neutrophil behavior with the highest precision.

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Mehdi Jorfi, PhD

Mehdi Jorfi, PhD, is an investigator at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Jorfi's research seeks to answer fundamental questions in neuroscience through the invention of new technologies for a systematic experimental and comprehensive investigation of the brain. 

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Lubitz Laboratory

The Lubitz Laboratory, led by Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH, focuses on improving the quality of care for patients with thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disorders.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Surgical Laboratory

The NMR Surgical Laboratory, led by Aria Tzika, PhD, investigates biomedical problems related to mechanisms underlying significant medical paradigms, including neoplasia, injury, inflammation, infection and stroke rehabilitation.

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Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory

The Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory conducts investigations into tissue engineering of cartilage, mechanisms of neural injury and regeneration, ischemia/reperfusion injury and transplantation of vascularized limb tissues.

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Skeletal Biology Research Center

The Skeletal Biology Research Center, led by Zachary Peacock, MD, DMD, applies advances in treatment to the art of reconstruction for congenital and acquired facial deformities.

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Shannon Stott, PhD

Shannon Stott, PhD, is an investigator at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stott's research focuses on using microfluidics and imaging technologies to create tools that increase understanding of cancer biology and of the metastatic process.

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Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory (SAIIL)

SAIIL, led by Ozanan Meireles, MD, FACS, focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to reimagine the way surgery is performed.

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Rahme Laboratory

The Rahme Laboratory, led by Laurence Rahme, MSc, PhD, aims to develop alternative, novel strategies to combat bacterial infections caused by recalcitrant pathogens, prevent infections and potentiate host defense.

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Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD

Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD, is the founding director of the Center for Surgery, Science and Bioengineering. Dr. Tompkins focuses on research to develop new approaches to health care delivery and personalized medicine, minimally invasive therapies, as well as a myriad of new technologies such as re-engineered organs, smart nano-pharmaceuticals and nano-diagnostics, and living cell-based microfabricated devices for diagnostics, therapeutics, high-throughput drug screening, and basic and applied biomedical investigation.

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Mehmet Toner, PhD

Mehmet Toner, PhD, is an investigator at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Toner is internationally recognized for his multidisciplinary approach to biomedical problems in the areas of low-temperature biology and biostabilization, tissue engineering and artificial organs, and microsystems bioengineering in clinical medicine and biology.

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Trauma Research Laboratory

Research at the Trauma Research Laboratory, led by Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, targets critical aspects of early trauma care, focusing on clearly defined, high-impact goals.

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Vocal Hyperfunction Clinical Research Center

The Vocal Hyperfunction Clinical Research Center explores methods and technologies to prevent, diagnose and treat vocal hyperfunction, which is associated with the most frequently occurring types of voice disorders.

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Martin Yarmush, MD, PhD

Martin Yarmush, MD, PhD, is the founding director of the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery. The research activities in Dr. Yarmush’s laboratory broadly address both scientific and engineering aspects of various challenging areas in biotechnology and clinical medicine.

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