The average Madigan General Surgery resident graduates with over 10 peer-reviewed articles.

Opportunities abound

With a protected research year, dedicated research staff, and multiple research mentors, Madigan General Surgery is one of the most productive research centers in the Department of Defense.

Clinical Research

The department has two dedicated NSQIP and MBASQIP abstractors who create sophisticated internal datasets to investigate local outcomes. We also have access to the Joint Trauma System (JTS), Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), and others.

Trauma Models

Our Laboratory Animal Resources Service (LARS) enables robust trauma and forward surgical research. We continue to innovate and create new trauma models with which to test the next generation of battlefield surgical techniques.

Last year, we presented at:




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  • Holtestaul, T, Vu, M, Pak, G, Curfman, K, Blair, G, Kosnik, C et al.. Same day discharge in colorectal surgery: Who requires unplanned overnight monitoring?. Am J Surg. 2024;227 :213-217. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.09.037. PubMed PMID:38587048 .
  • Brown, TA, Alterio, M, Stiles, EC, Vu, M, Washington, BB, Chauvin, TR et al.. Surgical journal clubs: Navigating the post-pandemic landscape. Am J Surg. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2024.03.002. PubMed PMID:38519404 .
  • Pumiglia, L, Williams, JM, Beiling, M, Francis, AD, Prey, BJ, Lammers, DT et al.. Mortality in hypotensive combat casualties who require emergent laparotomy in the forward deployed environment. Am J Surg. 2024;231 :100-105. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2024.02.033. PubMed PMID:38461066 .
  • Curfman, KR, Blair, GE, Kosnik, CL, Pille, SA, Parsons, ME, Shah, CA et al.. Same day discharge colon surgery: is it financially worth it?. Colorectal Dis. 2024;26 (4):669-674. doi: 10.1111/codi.16916. PubMed PMID:38372024 .
  • Vu, MM, Franko, JJ, Buzadzhi, A, Prey, B, Rusev, M, Lavery, M et al.. Ambulatory Robotic Colectomy: Factors Affecting and Affected by Postoperative Opioid Use. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2024;34 (2):163-170. doi: 10.1097/SLE.0000000000001263. PubMed PMID:38363851 .
  • Zhang, B, Podszus, B, Williams, J, Palmerton, H, Pak, G, Roedel, E et al.. Effects of Gynecomastia Surgery on Readiness and Return to Duty in an Active Duty Military Population. Mil Med. 2024;189 (7-8):e1637-e1641. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usad452. PubMed PMID:37995270 .
  • Feser, CJ, Williams, JM, Lammers, DT, Bingham, JR, Eckert, MJ, Tolar, J et al.. Engineering Human Cells Expressing CRISPR/Cas9-Synergistic Activation Mediators for Recombinant Protein Production. Int J Mol Sci. 2023;24 (10):. doi: 10.3390/ijms24108468. PubMed PMID:37239814 PubMed Central PMC10218281.
  • Yonge, J, Schaetzel, S, Paull, J, Jensen, G, Wallace, J, O'Brien, B et al.. Optimizing combat readiness for military surgeons without trauma fellowship training: Engaging the "voluntary faculty" model. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023;95 (2S Suppl 1):S31-S35. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000004040. PubMed PMID:37184465 PubMed Central PMC10389404.
  • Prey, BJ, Colburn, ZT, Williams, JM, Francis, AD, Vu, M, Lammers, D et al.. The use of mobile thermal imaging and machine learning technology for the detection of early surgical site infections. Am J Surg. 2024;231 :60-64. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.04.011. PubMed PMID:37173166 .
  • Francis, A, Williams, J, Prey, B, Lammers, D, Vu, M, Jones, I et al.. Rapid cold sterilization of 3D printed surgical instruments for the austere environment. Am J Surg. 2023;225 (5):909-914. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.03.010. PubMed PMID:37059641 .
  • Williams, J, Prey, B, Francis, A, Weykamp, M, Liu, B, Parsons, M et al.. Bioadhesive patch as a parenchymal sparing treatment of acute traumatic pulmonary air leaks. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023;95 (5):679-684. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003956. PubMed PMID:36973876 .
  • Lammers, DT, Williams, JM, Conner, JR, Baird, E, Rokayak, O, McClellan, JM et al.. Airborne! UAV delivery of blood products and medical logistics for combat zones. Transfusion. 2023;63 Suppl 3 :S96-S104. doi: 10.1111/trf.17329. PubMed PMID:36970937 .
  • Williams, J, Prey, B, Francis, A, Weykamp, M, Liu, B, Parsons, M et al.. Pectin based biologic Velcro effectively seals traumatic solid organ and small bowel injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023;95 (1):55-61. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003910. PubMed PMID:36872522 .
  • Williams, J, Francis, A, Prey, B, Conner, J, Lammers, D, Choi, PM et al.. Impact of COVID on surgical case volume at military treatment facilities with surgical residencies. Am J Surg. 2023;225 (5):897-902. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.02.003. PubMed PMID:36764898 .
  • Vu, MM, Curfman, KR, Blair, GE, Shah, CA, Rashidi, L. Beyond enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS): Evolving minimally invasive colectomy from multi-day admissions to same-day discharge. Am J Surg. 2023;225 (5):826-831. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.01.024. PubMed PMID:36697356 .
  • Franko, JJP, Vu, MM, Parsons, ME, Sohn, VY, Bingham, JR. Surgical Training for a Disaster: Preparation of Surgical Trainees for Victims of Conflict. Mil Med. 2023;188 (7-8):e2502-e2508. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usac365. PubMed PMID:36458912 .
  • Holtestaul, T, Franko, J, Escobar, MA Jr, Barlow, M. Pediatric Ingestions. Surg Clin North Am. 2022;102 (5):779-795. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2022.07.009. PubMed PMID:36209745 .
  • Lammers, D, Williams, J, Conner, J, Francis, A, Prey, B, Marenco, C et al.. Utilization of Machine Learning Approaches to Predict Mortality in Pediatric Warzone Casualties. Mil Med. 2024;189 (1-2):345-351. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usac171. PubMed PMID:35730578 .
  • Prey, B, Francis, A, Williams, J, Krishnadasan, B. Evaluation and Treatment of Massive Hemoptysis. Surg Clin North Am. 2022;102 (3):465-481. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2021.11.002. PubMed PMID:35671767 .
  • Franko, JJ, Ali, OM, Sebesta, JA. Bariatric Surgery Using Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump in Advanced Heart Failure as Bridge to Heart Transplant. Am Surg. 2023;89 (6):2971-2972. doi: 10.1177/00031348221101599. PubMed PMID:35532014 .