The Graduate Program in Surgery founded in 1971 is the only program offering Master and Doctoral courses. At first, the program prioritized the high technical specialization in the surgical subareas, including experimental surgery. However, the program began to be offered to medical and non-medical specialists to provide academic training, especially in research with a translational approach in the surgical area. The incorporation of the area of Anatomy in the Department of Surgery substantially supported the implementation of the Translational view of the research. 

There are currently eleven lines of research, distributed in two areas of concentration: Surgery, which involves research and innovation projects related to clinical-surgical activities, with emphasis on critical analysis of access, diagnostic, and therapeutic processes, and Morphology and Experimental Medicine, with experimental projects and studies involving tissues, human, and animal body fluids, but mainly developed by non-medical researchers. This arrangement has enabled a close interaction between Applied Science and Basic Science for the quality of research. In 2020, the Critical Patient Assessment and Care research line was created due to the presence of professionals working in the intensive care sector, which is linked to the Department of Surgery and Anatomy.  This line comprises the interface of the surgical areas with the critical patient, in addition to the search for better care of the severe patient, as in the COVID pandemic.



“Providing higher education of excellence; training qualified health professionals with leadership potential, based on ethical, moral, scientific, and humanistic fundamentals; training competent researchers in their graduate programs; producing cutting-edge research, with international insertion, attentive to the needs of society.”


“Being recognized nationally and internationally as a paradigm of excellence for the quality of its graduate education, ethics, competence, entrepreneurship, and leadership of its graduates, and the scientific production and the social impact of its activities to promote the health of the population”.

The performance of the Graduate Program in Surgery is in line with the academic project of the Department of Surgery and Anatomy (DCA) and FMRP-USP and its relationship with the network of outpatient and hospital services of Ribeirão Preto and the state of São Paulo that is part of the Unified Health System. In this context, our mission is to provide the pathways for research and innovation that contribute to the graduate training through academic teaching, research, extension, and management activities to meet the health needs of society, in the perspective of offering leaders with professional, scientific, ethical, and humanistic fundamentals, committed to public policies of Education, Science, Technology, and Health. In this context, our objectives are:

  • Establishing innovative scientific research methods;
  • Resolving, when possible, uncertainties about unexplained scientific issues;
  • Disseminating the outcomes in scientific conferences and publications in international journals;
  • Disseminating the values and knowledge acquired in the program to other regions of Brazil, especially in their most remote places;
  • Developing continuous scientific updating to boost research in teaching and health care, resulting in the improvement of technologies or advanced clinical practices;
  • Enabling the researcher to identify gaps in knowledge and critically interpret the scientific evidence produced;
  • Inducing innovation through research that favors the quality of health care, labor market demand, public policies, and interdisciplinarity.