Research is integrated into practice at Mayo Clinic, and surgeons are involved in many research studies and clinical trials to discover new and improved methods of treatment. For example, the list below highlights only a small number of the surgical projects Mayo researchers are currently studying.

  • Sex-based medicine: Hormones and vascular wound healing
  • Nanotechnology of calcifying diseases like atherosclerosis: Identifying potential calcifying organisms and how infection alters surgical outcomes
  • Genotyping for thrombotic risk As related to surgical complications
  • Proteomics of cancer
  • Immunology of transplant
  • Intestinal transplantation
  • Engineering temporary organs
  • The joint replacement database: learning from experience
  • Can we "bypass" the problem: innovation in vascular surgery
  • Obesity, a national epidemic. Is surgery the cure?
  • Sex matters: Pelvic surgery in women
  • Xenotransplantation: Using the cells, tissues or organs of animals for human organ transplants.
  • Overcoming antibody barriers to kidney transplantation
  • Transplantation Research

In addition to clinical trials and research studies, Mayo surgeons continuously evaluate and analyze their large-volume surgical practices for ways to improve. Reports on treatment outcomes of large groups of patients with the same disease and the same operation result in conclusions about the efficacy of procedures and suggestions for changes in patient management.