Program Description

Our residents have the opportunity to spend one, two, or three additional years doing clinical, translational, and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. Conducting research during residency is highly recommended; however, it is not required for incoming interns who elect to apply for the non-research track. During these research years the department may elect to sponsor and pay tuition costs for the research resident to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation-Translational Science (MSCI-TS).

This research experience can set the stage for a productive academic career, propel the resident to a top fellowship, or simply allow the young surgeon an opportunity to learn what really goes into research so that he/she may evaluate medical literature more critically. Regardless of a surgeon’s ultimate career path, we believe that time spent in research should complement the clinical training and make one a better surgeon over the long term.

Research opportunities are at the discretion of the resident and can be mentored by faculty within the Department of Surgery or in conjunction with other departments. Some residents have even chosen to do research at other institutions. Past resident research projects have been in the realms of bench science, clinical research, education, and public health policy.

Surgical Research Conferences

12 noon Thursdays, Room 311C

Each week residents who are currently on research assignment will present their work and receive feedback from faculty on their research design, method, data analysis, and interpretation. Surgery faculty, residents and students who wish to rehearse a research presentation to better prepare for a meeting are encouraged to schedule an opportunity to do so at this meeting.

Research Conference Schedule

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation-Translational Science

Conducted through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health San Antonio, the MSCI-TS degree program offers coursework and mentored research for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students. UT Health San Antonio faculty members, staff, students, residents and fellows are invited to apply for the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation-Translational Science (MSCI-TS) degree program.

Visit MSCI-TS website

Director of Surgical Research Residents

Martin Schwacha, Ph.D.  |  Email

Professor of Trauma Research

Dr. Schwacha is a Professor of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He also holds the position of Research Scientist at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research. He has served/serves on the editorial boards of Shock and International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine as well as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other scientific journal. Dr. Schwacha has also served as a review committee member for the NIH, Shriner’s Hospital and DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and is an active member of a number of scientific societies focused on trauma, infection and/or immunology. He has obtained research funding from both the NIH and DoD. Dr. Schwacha received his BS from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. After working for the Veterans Administration in Providence RI as a research assistant he entered graduate school and obtained a Ph.D. from Albany Medical College, Albany NY in 1992. Postdoctoral studies in immunology were completed at the Gamble Institute, Cincinnati, OH and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. In 1997 he joined the Surgery faculty at Brown University, Providence RI and subsequently joined the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. In 2008 he joined the faculty at UT Health San Antonio.

Current Residents

Residents for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.


Former Residents

Residents for previous Academic Years.