ORBIT Overview

Orbit IconThe Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology—ORBIT—supports and promotes research, innovation and global surgical activities in the Department of Surgery at VCU School of Medicine. Through coordinated avenues of basic science research and translational research/clinical trials, ORBIT supports the development of true surgeon-scientists. 

ORBIT facilitates multidisciplinary research by matching surgeons with like-minded scientists in fields such as engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology, arts, and outcomes research. These collaborations support academic surgeons to develop their ideas into testable hypotheses, experimental models, and tangible outcomes resulting in market-based discoveries.

See: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park

In addition, ORBIT contributes to improving opportunities and partnerships in the areas of global surgery education, mentorship, research, skills training, and clinical care. We feel this infrastructure will enable us to recruit the best researchers in the field of surgery, as well as support our current faculty to secure research funding.

See: VCU Office of Research and Innovation

As an emerging leader in surgical collaborations, ORBIT provides:

  • Support and mentorship to junior faculty and researchers who are interested in pursuing external funding; connecting them with research mentors. 

  • Resources to assist with notification and distribution of internal and external funding opportunities and supplement competitive projects.

  • "Start-to-finish" administrative support to improve communication and reduce duplication of tasks.

  • Financial incentives such as our Internal Grant Program, Housestaff Research Award, or Faculty NIH Grant Submission Award.

Research by the Numbers



in funded clinical trials



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in peer-reviewed educational, medical, and research journals



in total grants to support Global Surgery

Christine B. & David E. Cottrell Surgical Innovation Laboratory

Announcing a new surgical innovation laboratory to support the latest in surgical education, research and testing services.

In gratitude for and acknowledgement of the generous gift from Christine and David Cottrell, VCU School of Medicine announces the new surgical innovation laboratory will be named in their honor.

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Meet the Co-Chairs of ORBIT

ORBIT: Where team-based science can flourish.

Adam Klausner, M.D.
Associate Chair, Clinical and Translational Research
Eminent Scholar and Warren Koontz, M.D., III, Professor of Urology Research
Director, Neuro-Urology & Voiding Dysfunction

Martin Mangino, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Basic Research
Professor, Departments of Surgery; Emergency Medicine; Physiology and Biophysics (joint appointments)

Contact ORBIT

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Amanda Jabri
Research Coordinator
(804) 828-8290