In the Department of Surgery at WMed, we have an active research program that provides ample opportunities for students and residents to participate with faculty in research and scholarly activities. Together, we offer experiences that enable discovery and promote creativity and we are committed to pursuing inquiry, disseminating knowledge, and fostering critical thinking that encourages lifelong learning.
Our General Surgery residency curriculum includes the principles of research design, methodology, biostatistics and analysis, and the ethical principles of clinical and translational research. We provide research mentorship with a wide variety of interests in the discipline, and collaborate with faculty in other departments and programs. Most resident projects are presented at the annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, the medical school’s annual research day. Additionally, many resident projects are presented at other prestigious regional and national venues, and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Research and Scholarly Activity, 2011-16
Predictors of surgical site infection after open lower extremity revascularization.
Davis FM, Sutzko DC, Grey SF, Mansour MA, Jain KM, Nypaver TJ, Gaborek G, Henke PK
J Vasc Surg. 2017 Jun; 65:6:1769-1778.e3
An unusual case of jaundice: Biliary tumor thrombus in fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma.
Espinosa JA, Merlo A Jr, Arafeh MO, Munene G
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2017; 36:50-54
Setting out into practice: Preparing for the future, today.
Hayanga JWA, Amin P
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May 17
Successful fluoroless ablation of an incessant atypical atrial flutter attributed to AtriClip usage during mini-MAZE surgery for persistent atrial fibrillation.
Liu X, Pratt J, Palmer J
HeartRhythm Case Rep. 2017 Jul; 3:7:352-356
Introduction. Neurosurgery, psychiatry, and function: the history of altering behavior, thought, and function through neurosurgery.
Preul MC, Dagi TF, Prestigiacomo CJ, Sloffer CA
Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Sep; 43:3:E1
Editorial. The Klüver-Bucy syndrome and the golden age of localization.
Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Sep; 43:3:E3
A Bayesian network and heuristic approach for systematic characterization of radiotherapy receipt after breast-conservation surgery.
Soto-Ferrari M, Prieto D, Munene G
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2017 Jun 28; 17:1:93
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis in dextrocardia with situs inversus: First reported case in the United States.
Agrawal Y, Miller M, Pratt JW, Martin D, Kalavakunta JK, Saltiel F, Gupta V
Int J Cardiol. 2016 Apr 15; 209:137-8
Evaluation of Factors Associated with Death in Patients with Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Abdominal Wall.
Ertl CW, Carpp NC, Johnson J, Burke L
Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2016 Dec 8
A Retrospective Case Series of Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) Placement at the Afghan National Police Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ertl CW, Royal D, Arzoiey HA, Shefa A, Sultani S, Mosafa MO, Sadat S, Zirkle L
Mil Med. 2016 Jan; 181:1:21-6
Changes in Therapeutic Intensity Level Following Airway Pressure Release Ventilation in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Fletcher JJ, Wilson TJ, Rajajee V, Davidson SB, Walsh JC
J Intensive Care Med. 2016 Sep 20
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: the head injury that may have prolonged the Second World War.
Fuhrman HA, Mullin JP, Sloffer CA
Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Jul; 41:1:E8
Introduction: (In)famous neurological injuries and disease: cases and events of historical, political, cultural, and scientific impact: Part 2.
Goodrich JT, Preul MC, Sloffer CA
Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Jul; 41:1:E1
Cytoreduction with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy: an appraisal of outcomes and cost at a newly established peritoneal malignancy program.
Hinkle NM, MacDonald J, Sharpe JP, Dickson P, Deneve J, Munene G
Am J Surg. 2016 Mar 21
Ruptured Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm into the Left Atrium with Multiple Fistulous Communications: A Rare Cause of Heart Failure.
Agrawal Y, Chandrashekhar R, Pratt JW, Cole MD, Kamath S, Kalavakunta JK
Case Rep Cardiol. 2015; 2015:627946
Ten Years of Equine-related Injuries: Severity and Implications for Emergency Physicians.
Davidson SB, Blostein PA, Schrotenboer A, Sloffer CA, VandenBerg SL
J Emerg Med. 2015 Nov; 49:5:605-12
Giant Saphenous Venous Graft Aneurysm with Compression of the Pulmonary Artery: A Rare Cause of Heart Failure.
Kalavakunta JK, Agrawal Y, Williams A, Pratt JW, Saltiel F
Case Rep Cardiol. 2015; 2015:854296
Autologous Internal Iliac Artery Graft in a Popliteal Artery Injury Defect in War Surgery.
Noorzai MY, Carpp N, Ertl CW
Mil Med. 2015 Dec; 180:12:e1284-6
Introduction: (In)famous neurological injuries and disease: cases and events of historical, political, cultural, and scientific impact.
Preul MC, Sloffer CA, Goodrich JT
Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Jul; 39:1:E1
Oxaliplatin-induced Lhermitte sign. A case report and review of literature.
Amaraneni A, Seth A, Itawi EA, Chandana SR
Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2014 Dec; 13:4:257-9
Primary Grynfeltt's Hernia.
Belekar DM, Dewoolkar VV, Desai AA, Butala UK
Indian J Surg. 2014 Apr; 76:2:145-7
Enlarging breast mass in a 55-year-old woman.
Curtiss WJ, Lax EA, Lee M, Ferguson L
JAMA Surg. 2014 Mar; 149:3:305-6
Fragmentation injury to the innominate artery in a three-year-old child.
Greene JM, Cannon JW, Clouse WD, Pratt JW
Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 May; 97:5:1788-90
Office-based endovascular suite is safe for most procedures.
Jain K, Munn J, Rummel MC, Johnston D, Longton C
J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan; 59:1:186-91
Inpatient hospitalization and intimate partner violence: who are we treating?
Kothari RU, Kothari C, DeBoer M, Koestner A, Rohs T
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Jul; 77:1:129-36; discussion 136
Upper-airway stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea.
Strollo PJ Jr, Soose RJ, Maurer JT, de Vries N, Cornelius J, Froymovich O, Hanson RD, Padhya TA, Steward DL, Gillespie MB, Woodson BT, Van de Heyning PH, Goetting MG, Vanderveken OM, Feldman N, Knaack L, Strohl KP, STAR Trial Group
N Engl J Med. 2014 Jan 9; 370:2:139-49
Working together: regional collaboration and readmissions.
Verseman SR, Birkmeyer NJ
Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 10:3:382-4
The left atrial "Medusa myxoma".
Williams EE, Pratt JW, Martin DE
Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Feb; 97:2:e49-51
Resurgence of methamphetamine related burns and injuries: a follow-up study.
Davidson SB, Blostein PA, Walsh J, Maltz SB, Elian A, VandenBerg SL
Burns. 2013 Feb; 39:1:119-25
What are barriers to nurses screening for intimate partner violence?
DeBoer MI, Kothari R, Kothari C, Koestner AL, Rohs T Jr
J Trauma Nurs. 2013 Jul-Sep; 20:3:155-60; quiz 161-2
Cholecystoduodenal fistula in a patient post-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Hill BC, Burke LH, Ertl CW
BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Sep 2; 2013
Fatal upper gastrointestinal bleed arising from duodenal varices secondary to undiagnosed portal hypertension.
Larson JV, Steensma EA, Burke LH, Bartholomew DM
BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Aug 16; 2013
Incision and drainage of subcutaneous abscesses without the use of packing.
Leinwand M, Downing M, Slater D, Beck M, Burton K, Moyer D
J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Sep; 48:9:1962-5
Two cross-linked porcine dermal implants in a single patient undergoing hernia repair.
Linz LA, Burke LH, Miller LA
BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Jan 22; 2013
Advances in foregut and bariatric surgery in adolescents.
Shebrain S, Patel N
Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2013 Apr; 24:1:242-63
Radicicol, a Hsp90 inhibitor, inhibits intestinal inflammation and leakage in abdominal sepsis.
Shebrain S, Ramjit A
J Surg Res. 2013 Nov; 185:1:e53-4
Commentary: 17-β-estradiol reappropriates mass lost to the hypermetabolic state in thermally injured rats.
Shebrain S, Ryan J
J Surg Res. 2013 Nov; 185:1:e61-2
Conversion of laparoscopic cholecystectomy to open surgical procedure due to complete fibrosis of the gallbladder.
Su LS, Burke LH, Ertl CW
BMJ Case Rep. 2013 May 21; 2013