Surgery Research Administration


The Surgery Research Administration Office is committed to facilitating high-quality bench and clinical research within the Department of Surgery and UT Southwestern Medical Center. Our mission is to provide assistance to faculty and trainees in all areas of the research process including identification of funding opportunities, grant preparation, pre- and post-award budgeting, and the identification of suitable mentors or collaborators. Our office strives to coordinate research initiatives for faculty while ensuring research compliance, providing research related sources, and encouraging growth in biomedical research in the Department of Surgery.


  • Budget and justification assistance and review
  • Troubleshooting on pre- and post-award issues
  • Liaison between department administrators, department business office, central campus departments, and the Office of Grants Management
  • Contract and grant policy interpretation
  • Training of department administrators in budgeting and grants management
  • Library of materials relating to research grant submission and fund management
  • Temporary fund management and supply ordering
  • PI training and grant preparation
  • Compliance review

Research Labs



Surgical Center for Outcomes, Implementation, and Novel Interventions (S-COIN)

Surgery research can be complex, often requiring the use of specialized study designs, methods, and analysis. Getting surgeons to apply study findings is another issue. Evidence-based interventions that could enhance surgery outcomes are often used variably or not at all. The Department of Surgery is addressing both problems with our new Surgical Center for Outcomes, Implementation, and Novel Interventions (S-COIN). S-COIN will provide expertise in research methods and promote studies in implementation science—an area focused on how research findings are shared and brought into clinical practice. Learn more about S-COIN here.

The Center for Organogenesis Research and Trauma (CORT)

The Center for Organogenesis and Research in Trauma (CORT) was established in 2020 by the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is led by Drs. Benjamin Levi, Deborah Carlson, and Michael DellingerThe mission of CORT is to improve the lives of children and adults living with injury and diseases of the skin, organs, and musculoskeletal system through rigorous science, innovation, collaboration, and compassion. Learn more about CORT here.