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Health Services Research

Health services research (HSR) is the branch of population health science that addresses best processes and practices to optimize patient care. Innovations through HSR can facilitate optimal health care delivery at the population level, health system level, and individual patient level.


Duke SCORES (Surgical Center for Outcomes Research) is a novel, transdisciplinary effort that promotes excellence in HSR for various surgical patient populations. Duke SCORES will serve as a hub for education, research, mentorship, and resources to enable trainees and faculty to ask and answer questions with direct translational relevance to clinical research, patient care, safety, and quality improvement.

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Advanced and Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program

Our comprehensive multi-disciplinary research and clinical team in the Department of Surgery, led by Gayathri Devi, MS, PhD, and Shelley Hwang, MD, is collectively focused on identifying the unique molecular, genomic, and immune characteristics associated with inflammatory breast cancer progression, developing preclinical and surgical methods for improved diagnosis and surgical outcomes, and the identification of novel therapeutic approaches, specifically for the treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. The ultimate goal is to improve the survival of inflammatory breast cancer patients.

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Duke Breast Surgery Outcomes Group

The Duke Breast Surgery Outcomes Group provides a monthly forum for faculty, fellows, residents and students who are interested in clinical outcomes research within breast oncology. With consistent and experienced statisticians, participants can utilize several large national databases to answer questions that impact our breast cancer patients. All interested faculty and trainees are welcome to collaborate.

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Duke Clinical Research Institute

Duke Surgery faculty and staff partner with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to conduct phase I-IV clinical trials and patient outcomes studies. Visit the DCRI website to learn more.

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