When are Surgeons Truly Ready to Operate? (image) University of Houston Caption Ioannis Pavlidis, director of the Computational Physiology Laboratory at the University of Houston, and Dr. Barbara Bass, chair of the department of surgery at The Methodist Hospital, teamed up with the help of an NSF grant in hopes of better preparing surgeons for the operating room by measuring the role of stress on a surgeon's path to competency. Credit Thomas Campbell Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.