Department of Surgery Ranks 7th nationally in NIH Research Funding

The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery has increased its standing in research funding rankings once again, placing 7th among all academic surgery departments in the country for National Institutes of Health funding in 2022.

The annual rankings from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research report that the department received $17.6 million in NIH funding in 2022, an increase of $3.4 million over last year, moving it from 8th to 7th in the nation.

“This recognition demonstrates the incredible commitment everyone in our department has maintained to our research program through thick and thin,” said Rebecca Minter, MD, A.R. Curreri Distinguished Chair of the Department of Surgery. “I am so proud of our research teams for their continual efforts to move basic, translational, clinical and health services research forward, in the ultimate service of improving patient care.”

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has published rankings since 2006, with lists encompassing more than 25 specialties. Other University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health departments with rankings in the top 10 for their specialties in 2022 include Urology (7th) and Pediatrics (9th).

Wisconsin Surgery has placed within the top 25 since 2006, attracting nearly $170 million in total NIH research funds over that time. Funding is obtained through the cooperative work of hundreds of Wisconsin Surgery personnel, including researchers such as scientists, faculty, residents, post-doctoral trainees, and students, as well as contributors such as grant writers and editors, research administrators, grant managers, and more.

graphic showing 2022 Wisconsin Surgery Research statistics: 134 grants submitted, 365 publications, 66 clinical trials, 4 patents, 53 labs and 167 research staff (not counting faculty)