Research

Throughout the course of training, there are numerous opportunities for mentored clinical and basic science projects. About a third of our residents elect to spend a dedicated two years in research, although this is not required. Recent such endeavors include:

  • Surgical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute
  • Wound Healing, James A. Haley VA Hospital
  • Tissue Morphogenesis, Brigham and Women's Hospital

All residents are supported in endeavors to present/publish research. Current topics of interest within our department may be found at: http://health.usf.edu/medicine/surgery/research/index.htm

Recent resident publications include:

Book Chapters

  • Laface A, Davis D, Velanovich V. 2017. The Management of Acute Pancreatitis. Cameron and Cameron ed. Current Surgical Therapy 12th edition. Baltimore: Elsevier pp 489-492.
  • Hernandez SE, Etchill EW; Zuckerbraun BS. (2017). The Immunosuppressed Patient. In Diaz, JJ; Effron, DT (Ed.), Complications in Acute Care Surgery (Ch 22, pp. 374). US: Springer International Publishing
  • Dimou FM, Perone JA, Rial TS 2017. Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms of the Pancreas. Cameron and Cameron ed. Current Surgical Therapy, 12th edition. Baltimore: Elsevier pp 572-579.
  • Hartney M, Zoumberos M, and Fabri P. 2017. The Management of Diverticulosis of the Small Bowel. Cameron and Cameron ed. Current Surgical Therapy 12th edition. Baltimore: Elsevier pp 128-130.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Dore L, Fernandez B, Velanovich V. Patient-Centered Outcome Instruments in Esophageal and Gastric Surgery. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 May 30. doi: 10.1007/s11605-017-3451-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28560705.
  • Benedict JJ, Golas AA, Richter JE, Velanovich V. Health-Related Quality of Life and Physiological Outcomes of Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy for Achalasia. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2017 Aug; 27(8):778-783. doi: 10.1089/lap.2017.0087. Epub 2017 Jun 28
  • Snyder CW, Chandler NM, Litz CN, Pracht EE, Danielson PD, Ciesla DJ. Immature Patients in a Mature System: Regional Analysis of Florida's Pediatric Trauma System. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 May 22. doi: 10.1097/TA. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Litz CN, Ciesla DJ, Danielson PD, Chandler NM. Effect of hospital type on the treatment of acute appendicitis in teenagers. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr 5. pii: S0022-3468(17)30211-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.03.062. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Garcia-Henriquez N, Toloza EM, Khalil F, Echavarria MF, Garrett JR, Moodie CC, Kaszuba FJ, Fontaine JP. Extensive plastic bronchitis: etiology of a rare condition. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Sep; 8 (9):E961-E965.
  • Smith KA, Fleming JP, Bennett RD, Taitano AA. A case of fatal internal jugular vein perforation during nasogastric tube insertion. J Surg Case Rep. 2017 Jul 12; 2017(7):rjx128. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjx128. eCollection 2017 Jul.
  • Dimou FM, Adhikari D, Mehta HB, Riall TS. Outcomes in Older Patients with Grade III Cholecystitis and Cholecystostomy Tube Placement: A Propensity Score Analysis. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Apr; 224(4):502-511.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2016.12.021. Epub 2017 Jan 6.
  • Dimou FM, Mehta HB, Adhikari D, Harland RC, Riall TS, Kuo YF. The role of extended criteria donors in liver transplantation for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Surgery. 2016 Dec;160(6):1533-1543. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2016.06.051. Epub 2016 Aug 21.
  • Echavarria MF, Cheng A, Velez F, Ng E, Toloza E, Moodie C, Garrett J, Fontaine JP. P1.16: Comparison of Peri-Operative Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Lobectomies Versus Segmentectomies: Track: Early Stage NSCLC (Stage I - III). J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S190-S191. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2016.08.038. Epub 2016 Sep 22. PubMed PMID: 27676502.
  • Echavarria, M.F., Cheng, A.M, Velez-Cubian, F.O., Ng, E.P., Fontaine, J.P., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., and Toloza, E.M: “Comparison of Pulmonary Function after Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Lobectomies versus Segmentectomies.” J Thorac Oncol 11(10):S189-S190, 2016.
  • Echavarria, M.F., Cheng, A.M., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Ng, E.P., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., Robinson, L.A., and Toloza, E.M.: “Comparison of Pulmonary Function Tests and Peri-Operative Outcomes after Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Lobectomy versus Segmentectomy”. Am J Surg 212:1177-1182, 2016. (doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.09.017)
  • Fernandez B, Dore L, Velanovich V. Patient-Centered Outcomes in Surgical Research and Practice. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 May;21(5):892-895. doi: 10.1007/s11605-016-3342-5. Epub 2017 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 28108932.
  • Glover, J., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Toosi, K., Ng, E.P., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., and Toloza, E.M.: “Perioperative outcomes and lymph node assessment after induction therapy in patients with clinical N1 or N2 non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Dis 8(8):2165-2174, 2016. (doi: 10.21037/jtd.2016.07.09)
  • Glover, J., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Zhang, W.W., Toosi, K., Tanvetyannon, T., Ng, E.P., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., and Toloza, E.M.: “Effect of Gender on Peri-Operative Outcomes after Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Lobectomy”. J Thorac Dis 8(12):3614-3624, 2016. (doi: 10.21037/jtd.2016.12.11)
  • Glover, J.R., Reynolds, S.B., Echavarria, M.F., Ng, E.P., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., Toloza, E.M.: “Smoking History as a Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation Following Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Pulmonary Lobectomy.” Ann Oncol, in press, 2017.
  • Glover, J.R., Reynolds, S.B., Echavarria, M.F., Ng, E.P., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., Toloza, E.M.: “Effect of Age on Risk for Atrial Fibrillation Following Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Pulmonary Lobectomy.” Ann Oncol, in press, 2017.
  • Kass KS, Velez-Cubian FO, Zhang WW, Toosi K, Tanvetyanon T, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Garrett JR, Moodie CC, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Effect of advanced age on peri-operative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: Retrospective analysis of 287 consecutive cases. J Geriatr Oncol. 2017 Mar;8(2):102-107. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2016.11.003. Epub 2016 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 28041970.
  • Ng E, Velez-Cubian F, Toloza E, et al. Effect of Gender and Body Habitus on Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation after Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoroscopic Pulmonary Lobectomy. Journal Of Thoracic Oncology [serial online]. September 4, 2014;9:S166.
  • Ng EP, Velez-Cubian FO, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Surgical outcomes associated with postoperative atrial fibrillation after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: retrospective review of 208 consecutive cases. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Aug;8(8):2079-85. doi:10.21037/jtd.2016.07.68. PubMed PMID: 27621862; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4999667.
  • Ng, E.P., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Rodriguez, K.L., Thau, M.R., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., and Toloza, E.M.: “Surgical outcomes associated with postoperative atrial fibrillation after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: retrospective review of 208 consecutive cases”. J Thorac Dis 8(8): 2079-2085, 2016. (doi: 10.21037/jtd.2016.07.68)
  • Patel, R.A., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Ng, E.P., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., and Toloza, E.M.: “Peri-Operative Factors Associated with Prolonged Air Leaks after Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Pulmonary Lobectomy.” J Am Coll Surg 223(4S1):S25, 2016.
  • Reynolds, S.B., Glover, J.R., Echavarria, M.F., Ng, E.P., Velez-Cubian, F.O., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., Toloza, E.M.: “Diabetes Predisposes Patients to Atrial Fibrillation after Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Pulmonary Lobectomy.” Ann Oncol, in press, 2017.
  • Toosi K, Velez-Cubian FO, Glover J, Ng EP, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP,Toloza EM. Upstaging and survival after robotic-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer. Surgery. 2016 Nov;160(5):1211-1218. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2016.08.003. Epub 2016 Sep 21. PubMed PMID: 27665362.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Gabordi RC, Smith PV, Toloza EM. Tumor-to-tumor metastasis: an unusual case of breast cancer metastatic to a solitary fibrous tumor. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Jun;8(6):E374-8. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2016.03.79. PubMed PMID: 27293861;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4885953.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Efficacy of lymph node dissection during robotic-assisted lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer: retrospective review of 159 consecutive cases. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Sep;8(9):2454-2463. PubMed PMID: 27746997; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5059267.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Toosi K, Glover J, Pancholy B, Hong E. Transient Aphonia After Mediastinoscopy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jun;103(6):e549-e550. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.01.027. PubMed PMID: 28528064.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Zhang WW, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Ng EP, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Effect of small body habitus on peri-operative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: retrospective analysis of208 consecutive cases. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Jun;8(6):1245-9. doi:10.21037/jtd.2016.04.67. PubMed PMID: 27293843; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4885994.
  • Velez-Cubian, F.O., Rodriguez, K.L., Thau, M.R., Moodie, C.C., Garrett, J.R., Fontaine, J.P., and Toloza, E.M. “Efficacy of lymph node dissection during robotic-assisted lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer: retrospective review of 159 consecutive cases. J Thorac Dis 8(9):2454-2463, 2016. (doi: 10.21037/jtd.2016.08.25)
  • Wooster M, Fernandez B, Summers K, Illig K. VESS08. Methods and Outcomes of Surgical and Endovascular Central Venous Reconstruction Combined With Thoracic Outlet Decompression. Journal of Vascular Surgery [serial online]. 2017: Available from: Academic OneFile, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 9, 2017.
  • Cox CE, Russell S, Prowler V, Carter E, Beard A, Mehindru A, Blemencranz P, Allen K, Portillo M, Whitworth P, Fund K, Barone J, Norton D, Schoroder J, Polic A, Lin E, Combs F, Schnabel, F, Toth H. A Prospective, Single Arm, Multi-site, Clinical Evaluation of a Nonradioactive Surgical Guidance Technology for the Location of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions during Excision. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct; 23(10):3168-74. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5405-y. Epub 2016 Jul 28.
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