Surgical Research

Surgical Research

Division News

  • Students Contribute to COVID-19 Research
    February 28, 2022 by Division of Surgical Research
    Undergraduate students strive to understand COVID-19 vaccines in a UVM lab under Larner College of Medicine surgery professor Dr. Dev Majumdar. Students of each graduating class work in the lab. Split into two components, half of the researchers work on mRNA vaccine development and half learn as much as they can about how COVID-19 works, Majumdar said.
    Read full story at THEVERMONTCYNIC
  • R35 Maximizing Investigator's Research Award
    February 2, 2022 by Division of Surgical Research
    Kalev Freeman, MD, associate professor of surgery and pharmacology, received a $1.95 million, five-year R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
    Read full story at FreemanLab
  • Becoming Bat-man
    February 2, 2022 by Division of Surgical Research
    Becoming bat-man: comparative computational modeling between bats and humans to discover bat-inspired treatment for acute viral infections.
    Read full story at MDPI
  • Organ Re-animation & Surgical Skills Education Laboratory
    May 27, 2021 by Division of Surgical Research
    The Surgical Skills Laboratory under the direction of Sheila Russell received a Gore Educational Materials Grant in the amount of $106,354.50.
  • Brian Sprague, MD Discusses Latest Cancer Statistics
    March 11, 2021 by Division of Surgical Research
    Brian Sprague, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and Senior Epidemiologist at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH), was interviewed by WCAX in February 2021 to share the findings of the new study on US cancer statistics as reported in American Cancer Society’s 2021 annual report.
    Read full story at VCBH News

Our Mission


The mission of the Division of Surgical Research is to enhance patient care through the advancement of biomedical knowledge, and to employ cutting edge technologies to pursue new therapeutic breakthroughs. The research in the Division spans a variety of disciplines, and encompasses clinical, basic, and translational research.



Jonathan E. Boyson, PhD  Bio | Lab
Division Chief, Associate Professor, Roger G. Allbee Professor of Surgery

Thomas P. Ahern, PhD, MPH  Bio
Associate Professor

Robert Chase Cockrell, PhD  Bio | Lab
Assistant Professor

Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD  Bio | Lab
Associate Professor

Dev Majumdar, PhD  Bio | Lab
Assistant Professor

Brian L. Sprague, PhD  Bio | Lab
Associate Professor & Green & Gold Professorship in Surgical Research

Administrative Assistant