Research and Scholarly Activity

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

Surgery Research Chart

Recent Publications

Organizational Contributors to the Variation in Red Blood Cell Transfusion Practices in Cardiac Surgery: Survey Results From the State of Michigan.
Camaj A, Zahuranec DB, Paone G, Benedetti BR, Behr WD, Zimmerman MA, Zhang M, Kramer RS, Penn J, Theurer PF, Paugh TA, Engoren M, DeLucia A 3rd, Prager RL, Likosky DS, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative.
Anesth Analg. 2017 Sep; 125:3:975-980
PMID: 28719425

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
PMID: 28527931

Success Using Neuromodulation With BURST (SUNBURST) Study: Results From a Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial Using a Novel Burst Waveform.
Deer T, Slavin KV, Amirdelfan K, North RB, Burton AW, Yearwood TL, Tavel E, Staats P, Falowski S, Pope J, Justiz R, Fabi AY, Taghva A, Paicius R, Houden T, Wilson D
Neuromodulation. 2017 Sep 29
PMID: 28961366

A Retrospective Review of Clinical Admissions to Afghan National Security Forces Health Care Institutions.
Ertl CW, Royal D, Espinosa J
Mil Med. 2017 Jul; 182:7:e1698-e1701
PMID: 28810959

Setting out into practice: Preparing for the future, today.
Hayanga JWA, Amin P
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May 17
PMID: 28599975

The Impact of Early Recurrence on Quality of Life after Cytoreduction with HIPEC.
Hinkle NM, Botta V, Sharpe JP, Dickson P, Deneve J, Munene G
Am Surg. 2017 Jun 1; 83:6:633-639
PMID: 28637567

Prediction of Transfusions After Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgical Procedures.
Likosky DS, Paugh TA, Harrington SD, Wu X, Rogers MA, Dickinson TA, DeLucia A 3rd, Benedetti BR, Prager RL, Zhang M, Paone G, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar; 103:3:764-772
PMID: 27726856

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
PMID: 28748143

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
PMID: 28859569

Editorial. The Klüver-Bucy syndrome and the golden age of localization.
Sloffer CA
Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Sep; 43:3:E3
PMID: 28859563

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
PMID: 28659177

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
PMID: 26889599

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
PMID: 27929925

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
PMID: 26741473

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
PMID: 27651443

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
PMID: 27364261

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
PMID: 27364251

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
PMID: 27086201

Impact of institutional culture on rates of transfusions during cardiovascular procedures: The Michigan experience.
Likosky DS, Zhang M, Paone G, Collins J, DeLucia A 3rd, Schreiber T, Theurer P, Kazziha S, Leffler D, Wunderly DJ, Gurm HS, Prager RL, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Percutaneous Coronary Interventions Collaborative., Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative.
Am Heart J. 2016 Apr; 174:1-6
PMID: 26995363

Spinal Cord Stimulation Provides Pain Relief with Improved Psychosocial Function: Results from EMP3OWER.
Rosenberg J, Fabi A, Candido K, Knezevic N, Creamer M, Carayannopoulos A, Ghodsi A, Nelson C, Bennett M
Pain Med. 2016 Aug 24
PMID: 27561308

Spinal Cord Stimulation Provides Pain Relief with Improved Psychosocial Function: Results from EMP3OWER.
Rosenberg J, Fabi A, Candido K, Knezevic N, Creamer M, Carayannopoulos A, Ghodsi A, Nelson C, Bennett M
Pain Med. 2016 Dec; 17:12:2311-2325
PMID: 28025365

A Preoperative Risk Model for Postoperative Pneumonia After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.
Strobel RJ, Liang Q, Zhang M, Wu X, Rogers MA, Theurer PF, Fishstrom AB, Harrington SD, DeLucia A 3rd, Paone G, Patel HJ, Prager RL, Likosky DS, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102:4:1213-9
PMID: 27261082

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
PMID: 26819782

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
PMID: 26049279

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
PMID: 26649205

Red Blood Cell Transfusions Impact Pneumonia Rates After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.
Likosky DS, Paone G, Zhang M, Rogers MA, Harrington SD, Theurer PF, DeLucia A 3rd, Fishstrom A, Camaj A, Prager RL, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100:3:794-800; discussion 801
PMID: 26209489

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
PMID: 26633676

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
PMID: 26126395

Locally Advanced, Unresectable Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Gallbladder.
Weatherall TJ, Fenton M, Munene G, Dickson PV, Deneve JL
Case Rep Surg. 2015; 2015:424650
PMID: 26236536

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
PMID: 25442817

Primary Grynfeltt's Hernia.
Belekar DM, Dewoolkar VV, Desai AA, Butala UK
Indian J Surg. 2014 Apr; 76:2:145-7
PMID: 24891781

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
PMID: 24477884

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
PMID: 24792269

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
PMID: 24210929

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
PMID: 24977767

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
PMID: 24401051

Working together: regional collaboration and readmissions.
Verseman SR, Birkmeyer NJ
Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 10:3:382-4
PMID: 24951060

The left atrial "Medusa myxoma".
Williams EE, Pratt JW, Martin DE
Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Feb; 97:2:e49-51
PMID: 24484844

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
PMID: 22541621

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
PMID: 24005119

Cholecystoduodenal fistula in a patient post-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Hill BC, Burke LH, Ertl CW
BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Sep 2; 2013
PMID: 24000218

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
PMID: 23955984

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
PMID: 24074675

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
PMID: 23345480

Advances in foregut and bariatric surgery in adolescents.
Shebrain S, Patel N
Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2013 Apr; 24:1:242-63
PMID: 23705528

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
PMID: 23339849

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
PMID: 22959211

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
PMID: 23697451