Wisconsin Surgery among nation’s leaders in NIH funding

The latest Blue Ridge rankings for the 2023 federal fiscal year (ending on Sept. 30, 2023) were released earlier this month and the UW-Madison Department of Surgery ranked 12th nationally with $14,743,652 in awards. That marks the sixth consecutive year that UW has surpassed $12 million in federal funding, making it one of just six departments of surgery that can make that claim.

Wisconsin Surgery has placed among the top 25 in the Blue Ridge rankings every year since its inception in 2006 and has ranked among the top 15 for the past 14 years. Only four other surgery departments have a streak of top 15 placements that long.

Over the last 10 years the Wisconsin Department of Surgery has been awarded $128,815,601 in funding from the National Institutes of Health. According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research that ranks sixth nationally among academic surgery departments during that time frame.

“Wisconsin Surgery has a long history of research success and is core to academic surgery. Our research teams work hard to drive innovation in basic, translational, clinical and health services research, ultimately serving patients and our broader community,” said Rebecca Minter, MD, A.R. Curreri Distinguished Chair of the Department of Surgery. “Our collaborative efforts ensure our success and I am grateful to all who contribute to our collective success in research and beyond.”

NIH 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.