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Vic Velanovich, MD

Professor, College Of Medicine Surgery

Division Director, College Of Medicine Surgery

Contact Info One Tampa General Circle
TAMPA, FL 33606

Academic Email: vvelanov@health.usf.edu


  • MD, Medicine, Wayne State University School Of Medicine, 1987

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Other

Research Interests

  • Research interests focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and minimally invasive surgery, with emphasis on quality of life and outcomes.

Recent Publications

  • Velanovich V. Testing the Ability of the NSQIP Risk Calculator to Predict Laryngectomy Complications. JAMA Otolaryngology-- Head & Neck Surgery. , 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27467097
  • Bennett RD, Velanovich V. Endotherapies for Barrett esophagus. Minerva Chirurgica. , 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27391221
  • Mikhail E Miladinovic B Velanovich V Finan MA Hart S Imudia AN. Association between obesity and the trends of routes of hysterectomy performed for benign indications. Obstet Gynecol. 125: 912-918, 2015.
  • Velanovich V. Nonmedical Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 11(5) : 343-5, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27482178
  • Splittgerber M, Velanovich V. Barrett esophagus. The Surgical Clinics of North America. 95(3) : 593-604, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25965132
  • Hartney M, Liu Y, Velanovich V, Fabri P, Marcet J, Grieco M, Huang S, Zayas-Castro J. Bounceback branchpoints: using conditional inference trees to analyze readmissions. Surgery. 156(4) : 842-7, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25239331
  • Kwon D, McFarland K, Velanovich V, Martin RC. Borderline and locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma margin accentuation with intraoperative irreversible electroporation. Surgery. 156(4) : 910-20, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25239345
  • Poulose BK, Vassiliou MC, Dunkin BJ, Mellinger JD, Fanelli RD, Martinez JM, Hazey JW, Sillin LF, Delaney CP, Velanovich V, Fried GM, Korndorffer JR, Marks JM. Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery cognitive examination: development and validity evidence. Surgical Endoscopy. 28(2) : 631-8, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24100859
  • Nieponice A, Badaloni AE, Jobe BA, Hoppo T, Pellegrini C, Velanovich V, Falk GW, Reavis K, Swanstrom L, Sharma VK, Nachman F, Ciotola FF, Caro LE, Cerisoli C, Cavadas D, Figueroa LD, Pirchi D, Gibson M, Elizalde S, Cohen H. Management of early-stage esophageal neoplasia (MESEN) consensus. World Journal of Surgery. 38(1) : 96-105, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101017
  • Hernandez JM, Tsalatsanis A, Humphries LA, Miladinovic B, Djulbegovic B, Velanovich V. Defining optimum treatment of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma using regret-based decision curve analysis. Annals of Surgery. 259(6) : 1208-14, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24169177
  • Perry KA Pham TH Spechler SJHunter JG Melvin WS Velanovich V. 2014 SSAT State of the Art Conference: Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 19: 458-466, 2014.
  • Vassiliou MC, Dunkin BJ, Fried GM, Mellinger JD, Trus T, Kaneva P, Lyons C, Korndorffer JR, Ujiki M, Velanovich V, Kochman ML, Tsuda S, Martinez J, Scott DJ, Korus G, Park A, Marks JM. Fundamentals of endoscopic surgery: creation and validation of the hands-on test. Surgical Endoscopy. 28(3) : 704-11, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24253562
  • Fekkes JF, Velanovich V. Amelioration of the Effects of Obesity on Short-term Postoperative Complications of Laparoscopic and Open Ventral Hernia Repair. Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques. , 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25222715
  • McMillan MT, Fisher WE, Van Buren G, McElhany A, Bloomston M, Hughes SJ, Winter J, Behrman SW, Zyromski NJ, Velanovich V, Brown K, Morgan KA, Vollmer C. The Value of Drains as a Fistula Mitigation Strategy for Pancreatoduodenectomy: Something for Everyone? Results of a Randomized Prospective Multi-institutional Study. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. , 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25183409
  • Wu AW, Bradford AN, Velanovich V, Sprangers MA, Brundage M, Snyder C. Clinician's checklist for reading and using an article about patient-reported outcomes. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 89(5) : 653-61, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24702734
  • Dimou F, Velanovich V. Perforations of the Esophagus and Stomach: What Should I Do? Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. , 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25451730
  • Van Buren G, Bloomston M, Hughes SJ, Winter J, Behrman SW, Zyromski NJ, Vollmer C, Velanovich V, Riall T, Muscarella P, Trevino J, Nakeeb A, Schmidt CM, Behrns K, Ellison EC, Barakat O, Perry KA, Drebin J, House M, Abdel-Misih S, Silberfein EJ, Goldin S, Brown K, Mohammed S, Hodges SE, McElhany A, Issazadeh M, Jo E, Mo Q, Fisher WE. A randomized prospective multicenter trial of pancreaticoduodenectomy with and without routine intraperitoneal drainage. Annals of Surgery. 259(4) : 605-12, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24374513
  • Kim D, Velanovich V. Surgical treatment of GERD: where have we been and where are we going? Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 43(1) : 135-45, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24503364
  • Obeid NM, Velanovich V. The choice of primary repair or mesh repair for paraesophageal hernia: a decision analysis based on utility scores. Annals of Surgery. 257(4) : 655-64, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23364700
  • Velanovich V, Antoine H, Swartz A, Peters D, Rubinfeld I. Accumulating deficits model of frailty and postoperative mortality and morbidity: its application to a national database. The Journal of Surgical Research. 183(1) : 104-10, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23415494
  • Borgi J, Rubinfeld I, Ritz J, Jordan J, Velanovich V. The differential effects of intermediate complications with postoperative mortality. The American Surgeon. 79(3) : 261-6, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23461951
  • Perry KA, Linn JG, Eakin JL, Onders RP, Velanovich V, Melvin WS. Transoral incisionless fundoplication does not significantly increase morbidity of subsequent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A. 23(5) : 456-8, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23578416
  • Karam J, Tsiouris A, Shepard A, Velanovich V, Rubinfeld I. Simplified frailty index to predict adverse outcomes and mortality in vascular surgery patients. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 27(7) : 904-8, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23711971
  • Adams P, Ghanem T, Stachler R, Hall F, Velanovich V, Rubinfeld I. Frailty as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in inpatient head and neck surgery. JAMA Otolaryngology-- Head & Neck Surgery. 139(8) : 783-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949353
  • Martin RC, McFarland K, Ellis S, Velanovich V. Irreversible electroporation in locally advanced pancreatic cancer: potential improved overall survival. Annals of surgical oncology. 20 Suppl 3: S443-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23128941
  • Tsiouris A, Hammoud ZT, Velanovich V, Hodari A, Borgi J, Rubinfeld I. A modified frailty index to assess morbidity and mortality after lobectomy. J Surg Res. 183: 40-6, 2013.
  • Tsiouris A, Hammoud ZT, Velanovich V, Hodari A, Borgi J, Rubinfeld I. A modified frailty index to assess morbidity and mortality after lobectomy. The Journal of Surgical Research. 183(1) : 40-6, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23273884
  • Rashid L, Velanovich V. Symptomatic change and gastrointestinal quality of life after pancreatectomy. HPB : The official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association. 14(1) : 9-13, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151445
  • Tsiouris A, Velanovich V, Whitehouse S, Syed Z, Rubinfeld I. Predicting surgical risk: exclusion of laboratory data set maintains predictive accuracy. American Journal of Medical Quality : The official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. 28(4) : 352-6, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23401623
  • Obeid NM, Azuh O, Reddy S, Webb S, Reickert C, Velanovich V, Horst HM, Rubinfeld I. Predictors of critical care-related complications in colectomy patients using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program: exploring frailty and aggressive laparoscopic approaches. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 72(4) : 878-83, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22491599
  • Velanovich V, Younga J, Bhandarkar V, Marshall N, McLaren P, Ritz J, Rubinfeld I. A single, global patient-centered measure from the SF-36 instrument to assess surgical outcomes and quality of life: a pilot study. World Journal of Surgery. 36(9) : 2045-50, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538393
  • Farhat JS, Velanovich V, Falvo AJ, Horst HM, Swartz A, Patton JH, Rubinfeld IS. Are the frail destined to fail? Frailty index as predictor of surgical morbidity and mortality in the elderly. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 72(6) : 1526-30; discussion 1530-1, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22695416
  • Spinelli N, Nfonsam V, Marcet J, Velanovich V, Frattini JC. Postoperative pneumoperitoneum after colorectal surgery: Expectant vs surgical management. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 4(6) : 152-6, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22816030
  • Velanovich V. Management of Barrett's Esophagus. The American Surgeon. 78(11) : 1193-200, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23089433
  • Goodyear D, Velanovich V. Measuring pain in outpatient surgical patients: variation resulting from instrument choice. The American Surgeon. 78(11) : 1292-6, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23089451
  • Shah R, Velanovich V, Syed Z, Swartz A, Rubinfeld I. Limitations of patient-associated co-morbidity model in predicting postoperative morbidity and mortality in pancreatic operations. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery : Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. 16(5) : 986-92, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22415858
  • Webb S, Rubinfeld I, Velanovich V, Horst HM, Reickert C. Using National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) data for risk adjustment to compare Clavien 4 and 5 complications in open and laparoscopic colectomy. Surgical Endoscopy. 26(3) : 732-7, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038161
  • Haurani C Carlin AM Hammoud Z McFarlin K Prasad M Velanovich V. Incidence and resolution of anemia with paraesophageal hernia repair. J Gastrointest Surg. 16: 1817-1820, 2012.
  • Stefanou AJ, Reickert CA, Velanovich V, Falvo A, Rubinfeld I. Laparoscopic colectomy significantly decreases length of stay compared with open operation. Surgical endoscopy. 26(1) : 144-8, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21792714
  • Saxton A, Velanovich V. Preoperative frailty and quality of life as predictors of postoperative complications. Annals of Surgery. 253(6) : 1223-9, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21412145
  • Tsiouris A, Cogan CM, Velanovich V. Distal pancreatectomy with or without splenectomy: comparison of postoperative outcomes and surrogates of splenic function. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association. 13(10) : 738-44, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21929675
  • Velanovich V, Wollner I. Quality of life and performance status in patients with pancreatic and periampullary tumors. International journal of clinical oncology. 16(4) : 401-7, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21347628
  • Coughlin M, Fanous M, Velanovich V. Herniated pancreatic body within a paraesophageal hernia. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 3(2) : 29-30, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21394323
  • Faraj C Goldin S Velanovich V. Surgical management of incidentally identified pancreatic cystic lesions. Practical Gastroenterology. 35(9) : 14-25, 2011.
  • Velanovich V. The association of quality-of-life measures with malignancy and survival in patients with pancreatic pathology. Pancreas. 40(7) : 1063-9, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21785386
  • Syed Z, Rubinfeld I, Patton JH, Ritz J, Jordan J, Doud A, Velanovich V. Using procedural codes to supplement risk adjustment: a nonparametric learning approach. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 212(6) : 1086-1093.e1, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21493109
  • Velanovich V. Ablation of nondysplastic Barrett’s esophagus: A surgeon’s perspective. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1232: 151, 2011.
  • Tsiouris A Hammoud Z Velanovich V. Barrett’s esophagus after resection of the gastroesophageal junction: Effects of concomitant fundoplication. World J Surg. 35: 1867-1872, 2011.
  • O'Connell K, Velanovich V. Effects of Nissen fundoplication on endoscopic endoluminal radiofrequency ablation of Barrett's esophagus. Surgical Endoscopy. 25(3) : 830-4, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20676687
  • Arora V, Velanovich V, Alarcon W. Preoperative assessment of cardiac risk and perioperative cardiac management in noncardiac surgery. International journal of surgery (London, England). 9(1) : 23-8, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20934543
  • Fleischer DE, Odze R, Overholt BF, Carroll J, Chang KJ, Das A, Goldblum J, Miller D, Lightdale CJ, Peters J, Rothstein R, Sharma VK, Smith D, Velanovich V, Wolfsen H, Triadafilopoulos G. The case for endoscopic treatment of non-dysplastic and low-grade dysplastic Barrett's esophagus. Digestive diseases and sciences. 55(7) : 1918-31, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20405211
  • Parker A, Rubinfeld I, Azuh O, Blyden D, Falvo A, Horst M, Velanovich V, Patton P. What ring tone should be used for patient safety? Early results with a Blackberry-based telementoring safety solution. American journal of surgery. 199(3) : 336-40; discussion 340-1, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20226906
  • Gonzalez HC, Velanovich V. Enterra Therapy: gastric neurostimulator for gastroparesis. Expert Review of Medical Devices. 7(3) : 319-32, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20420555
  • Miller JM, Velanovich V. The natural language of the surgeon's clinical note in outcomes assessment: a qualitative analysis of the medical record. American Journal of Surgery. 199(6) : 817-22, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20609725
  • Rubinfeld I, Farooq M, Velanovich V, Syed Z. Predicting Surgical Risk: How Much Data is Enough? AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium. 2010: 777-81, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21347084
  • Velanovich V. Endoscopic, endoluminal fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease: initial experience and lessons learned. Surgery. 148(4) : 646-51; discussion 651-3, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20708763
  • Englesbe MJ, Brooks L, Kubus J, Luchtefeld M, Lynch J, Senagore A, Eggenberger JC, Velanovich V, Campbell DA. A statewide assessment of surgical site infection following colectomy: the role of oral antibiotics. Annals of Surgery. 252(3) : 514-9; discussion 519-20, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20739852
  • Vassiliou MC, Kaneva PA, Poulose BK, Dunkin BJ, Marks JM, Sadik R, Sroka G, Anvari M, Thaler K, Adrales GL, Hazey JW, Lightdale JR, Velanovich V, Swanstrom LL, Mellinger JD, Fried GM. Global Assessment of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Skills (GAGES): a valid measurement tool for technical skills in flexible endoscopy. Surgical Endoscopy. 24(8) : 1834-41, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20112113
  • Campbell DA, Englesbe MJ, Kubus JJ, Phillips LR, Shanley CJ, Velanovich V, Lloyd LR, Hutton MC, Arneson WA, Share DA. Accelerating the pace of surgical quality improvement: the power of hospital collaboration. Archives of Surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 145(10) : 985-91, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20956768
  • Vassiliou MC, Kaneva PA, Poulose BK, Dunkin BJ, Marks JM, Sadik R, Sroka G, Anvari M, Thaler K, Adrales GL, Hazey JW, Lightdale JR, Velanovich V, Swanstrom LL, Mellinger JD, Fried GM. How should we establish the clinical case numbers required to achieve proficiency in flexible endoscopy? American Journal of Surgery. 199(1) : 121-5, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20103077