The Department of Surgery at Northwestern is ranked 12th nationwide by the National Institutes of Health for research funding. Over the past five years the research efforts by members of the Department of Surgery have resulted in tremendous growth. Total research costs have increased to $14.5 M this year. Research in the Department of Surgery is encouraged and remarkably 4 out of 5 surgical residents pursue 2 years of dedicated surgical research during their training which has allowed for multiple surgical residents to receive fellowship awards. Currently, 5 of our residents are supported by NIH T32 training grants and 1 by a NIH F32 postdoctoral research fellowship. In addition, 5 faculty members are currently supported by NIH K awards. This level of research productivity and success demonstrates our Department's commitment to supporting innovation and discovery.