Welcome to ORBIT

VCU Surgery’s Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology — ORBIT

ORBIT Overview

Orbit Icon [View Image]The Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology—ORBIT—supports and promotes research, innovation and global surgical activities in the Department of Surgery at VCU School of Medicine. Through coordinated avenues of basic science research and translational research/clinical trials, ORBIT supports the development of true surgeon-scientists. 

ORBIT facilitates multidisciplinary research by matching surgeons with like-minded scientists in fields such as engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology, arts, and outcomes research. These collaborations support academic surgeons to develop their ideas into testable hypotheses, experimental models, and tangible outcomes resulting in market-based discoveries.

In addition, ORBIT contributes to improving opportunities and partnerships in the areas of global surgery education, mentorship, research, skills training, and clinical care. We feel this infrastructure will enable us to recruit the best researchers in the field of surgery, as well as support our current faculty to secure research funding.

As an emerging leader in surgical collaborations, ORBIT provides:

  • Support and mentorship to junior faculty and researchers who are interested in pursuing external funding; connecting them with research mentors. 

  • Resources to assist with notification and distribution of internal and external funding opportunities and supplement competitive projects.

  • "Start-to-finish" administrative support to improve communication and reduce duplication of tasks.

  • Financial incentives such as our Internal Grant Program, Housestaff Research Award, or Faculty NIH Grant Submission Award.

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is about possibilities. We're doing our part to make those possibilities a reality. We're committed to providing you with the very best treatment opportunities. Some of those opportunities are only available through clinical trials. Clinical research at VCU Health

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Our research programs are focused on you, providing you with access to diagnostic and treatment options not yet widely available.

Christine B. & David E. Cottrell Surgical Innovation Laboratory

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In gratitude for and acknowledgement of the generous gift from Christine and David Cottrell, VCU School of Medicine announces the new surgical innovation laboratory will be named in their honor.

About the Christine B. & David Cottrell Surgical Innovation Laboratory

Meet the Co-Chairs of ORBIT

ORBIT: Where team-based science can flourish.

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Adam P. Klausner, M.D.
Associate Chair, Clinical and Translational Research
Eminent Scholar and Warren Koontz, M.D., III, Professor of Urology Research
Director, Neuro-Urology & Voiding Dysfunction
Program Director, Urology Residency

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Martin J. Mangino, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Basic Science Research
Professor, Departments of Surgery; Emergency Medicine; Physiology and Biophysics (joint appointments)

2019 VETAR and PeRQ Grant Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following surgery faculty named among the recipients for 2019 internal grant awards: “Collectively, these awards represent an increased and broader commitment to the research careers of our faculty. They also demonstrate the high quality of science at VCU.” Peter F. Buckley, MD, Dean, VCU School of Medicine

Surgery Research Day 2019 was held on April 4 at the George Ben Johnston Auditorium

This year's visiting professor and guest judge was Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Urban Meyer III and Shelly Meyer Chair of Cancer Research. Presentations were limited to 7 minutes, followed by 3–4 minute Q&A.

Contact ORBIT

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Amanda Jabri
Research Coordinator
(804) 828-8290

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