STARTING RESEARCH AT THE BAIRD INSTITUTE

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Who supervises research at The Baird Institute?

The surgeons at The Baird Institute who supervise research students are called Academic Surgeons. These are surgeons who commit extra time after their clinical practice for this purpose.

These include Prof Paul Bannon, Prof Michael Vallely, Prof Michael Wilson, & Dr Michael Byrom. Each surgeon has particular interests in cardiothoracic surgery & thus supervise different students based on their project. They all belong to The Baird Institute though, & so all students benefit from the resources, knowledge, and expertise of all the supervisors.

What types of projects can I do at The Baird Institute?

The Baird Institute supervises all levels of research projects of medical students. This includes MD projects, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), & up to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). They also supervise research projects that may be done as part of coursework degrees, such as the Master of Surgery.

The Baird Institute also performs all types of research too. This includes evidence base medicine (systematic reviews, meta-analyses), clinical studies & trials, and lab-based basic science research.

What topics in cardiothoracic surgery does The Baird research?

Please visit the Research Teams page to see the specific-interest groups at The Baird Institute. We have a particular focus in:

  • aortic pathology including genetic syndromes
  • valvular disease including bicuspid aortic valve,
  • innovative surgical techniques including minimally invasive surgery, robotics, & off-pump techniques

The Baird Institute partners with many other research groups in these areas too, including the Heart Research InstituteThe Centenary Institute, & The ANZAC Institute.

Does The Baird Institute provide mentorship in academic surgery?

The Baird aims to not just supervise research students, but also to provide mentorship to them. This includes senior surgeons who can discuss career goals, advise in clinical situations, sponsor for applications & constructively critique your work.

We also help students who want to begin a career in academic surgery. There are many reasons for wanting to do this, including the ability to provide the best patient care, to discover and apply new knowledge to surgical problems, to teach trainees & surgeons across the world, & to be a part of innovation & change.

Who do I contact to discuss starting a project?

Please email Prof Paul Bannon or Prof Michael Vallely to organise a time to meet. Be sure to include your stage of medical school or science. Meetings usually occur in consultation rooms after patients have finished, or in operating theatre.

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