Thoracic Surgery Research and Clinical Trials

The Emory General Thoracic Surgery Center has dramatically increased the number of thoracic surgery-based cancer protocols offered at Emory by being the only academic site participating in clinical trials sponsored by the prestigious American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, a research organization established primarily to evaluate the surgical management of patients with malignant solid tumors. Also, as a data-collection site for the General Thoracic Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Center is directly involved in setting national and international standards for quality assurance in thoracic surgery.

Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory

The nationally known Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center conducts basic and translational research in cardiac and thoracic surgery; trains basic science and clinical investigators in cardiothoracic research and therapeutics; and develops innovative strategies and devices to treat cardiothoracic diseases.

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

A very active clinical research program in cardiac and thoracic surgery is conducted through the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division's Clinical Research Unit (CRU), which is devoted to developing and investigating new techniques and technologies in cardiothoracic surgery. In 2007, the CRU was selected to join the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network, a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-supported consortium of adult cardiac surgery centers, to evaluate new surgical techniques, technologies, devices and innovative pharmaceutical and bioengineered products in multi-institutional clinical trials.

Emory Center for Device Innovation (CDI)

Another arm of our research efforts, the Emory Center for Device Innovation (CDI), assists Emory scientists and physician inventors in getting their discoveries out of the university and into the marketplace by preparing projects for outside investment, development and commercialization. Under the direction of Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD, the CDI often works with the CRU in translating advances in basic science and device innovation to patient care.

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