SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery has a strong research program that has resulted in greater than 200 publications and presentations. The results from our research efforts influence the care of patients with diseases of the chest. Some of the major areas of research interest of our faculty include lung cancer, valvular heart disease, esophageal disorders, and surgical treatment for emphysema. While involved in research in all of these areas Dr Hazelrigg is well known for major contributions in the examination and application of minimally invasive chest surgeries. Dr Vassileva has a research focus on valvular heart disease. She also conducts outcomes research with national databases looking at a variety of issues related to cardiac surgery.
Research interest focuses on quality of life, outcomes, and pain control. In addition to the investigator initiated trials all the faculty in the division have a long standing reputation for their role in sponsored trials. A strong and experienced staff participate in the conduct of these trials. Sponsored trials are typically national or international trials investigating treatments (drugs or devices). By participating in these trials we are able to offer more treatment options to our patients. Clinical Trials Database.
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