Our 22 research groups, based around 18 research themes, work together under a common goal of education and surgical intervention.
We offer opportunities for research training for clinical and non-clinical graduates, and are responsible for delivering the surgical training to Medical School undergraduates.
We aim to showcase our research, inspire the younger generation, engage with the local community and raise debate on the impact of science on society.
1 October 2021
Thirty-three University of Oxford researchers have been named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year, including Associate Professor Clare Verrill from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS).
Researchers awarded Wellcome Innovator Grant to investigate role of brainstem nucleus in human consciousness
30 September 2021
Researchers at Oxford University have received a prestigious Wellcome Innovator Grant for investigating the role of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) – a brainstem nucleus – in human consciousness.
29 September 2021
Professor Jonathan L. Meakins, who was Head of the Nuffield Department of Surgery from 2002 to 2008, has been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
17 September 2021
Nearly 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK. Perhaps the most significant clinical challenge today is deciding which type of treatment will work best for different patient groups.
Surgical Grand Rounds
The Surgical Grand Rounds are the key educational meetings for consultants, juniors and medical students. Presentations revolve around clinical cases and are followed by lively, educational discussion.
Resources for Researchers
Explore our collection of resources useful to researchers in all parts of the research process, from experimental techniques to publication and review.
A systematic review and meta-analyses of regional perfusion in donation after circulatory death solid organ transplantation
de beule J. et al, (2021), Transplant International
Assessment and Management of Dysphagia in IBM
WINTER S., (2021)
The value of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in surgery
KNIGHT S., (2021), European Surgical Research
Single-cell ATAC and RNA sequencing reveal pre-existing and persistent cells associated with prostate cancer relapse
Taavitsainen S. et al, (2021), Nature Communications, 12
Transplant Trial Watch
Knight SR., (2021), Transplant International, 34, 1583 - 1585
Development of ex situ normothermic reperfusion as an innovative method to assess pancreases after preservation.
Ogbemudia AE. et al, (2021), Transpl Int, 34, 1630 - 1642
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Women in Science
We are making positive changes to the way we support staff, including women scientists, in the department.
Supporting Our Staff
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