David Ciesla

David Ciesla, MD

Professor, COPH Health Policy & Management

Director, College of Medicine Surgery

Director Acute Care Surgery Division, Dept Surgery, College of Medicine

Medical Director, Regional Trauma Program

Director Surgical Critical Care Trainain Program, Dept Surgery, College of Medicine

Assoc Professor, College of Medicine Surgery

Contact Info 1 Tampa General Cir
Tampa FL 33606

Academic Email: dciesla@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone:(813) 844-7968

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  • MD, University of Colorado Health Science Center, 1995

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Environmental & Global Health

Research Interests

  • Trauma Systems Design and Implementation
  • Trauma Systems Performance
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Post-injury Inflammation


  • Southern Surgical Association (Member, 2015 - Present)
  • Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow, 2006 - Present)
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (Fellow, 2006 - Present)
  • Association of Academic Surgery (Member, 2006 - Present)
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress (Member, 2003 - Present)
  • Shock Society (Member, 2003 - Present)
  • Western Trauma Association (Member, 2002 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Uribe-Leitz T, Esquivel MM, Knowlton LM, Ciesla D, Lin F, Hsia RY, Spain DA, Winchell RJ, Staudenmayer KL. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Needs-Based Assessment of Trauma Systems (NBATS): Estimates for the State of California. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28248801
  • Sutton TL, Pracht EE, Ciesla DJ. Acute appendicitis: variation in outcomes by insurance status. The Journal of Surgical Research. 201(1) : 118-25, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26850192
  • Litz CN, Ciesla DJ, Danielson PD, Chandler NM. A closer look at non-accidental trauma: Caregiver assault compared to non-caregiver assault. Journal of pediatric surgery. , 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27624565
  • Howard BM, Kornblith LZ, Conroy AS, Burlew CC, Wagenaar AE, Chouliaras K, Hill JR, Carrick MM, Mallory GR, Watkins JR, Truitt MS, Ciesla DJ, Davis JA, Vail CJ, Kemp Bohan PM, Nelson MF, Callcut RA, Cohen MJ. The found down patient: A Western Trauma Association multicenter study. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 79(6) : 976-82; discussion 982, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26488323
  • Sagi HC, Ahn J, Ciesla D, Collinge C, Molina C, Obremskey WT, Guillamondegui O, Tornetta P. Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients: A Survey of OTA Member Practice Patterns and OTA Expert Panel Recommendations. Journal of orthopaedic trauma. 29(10) : e355-62, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26402304
  • Ciesla DJ, Pracht EE, Tepas JJ, Namias N, Moore FA, Cha JY, Kerwin A, Langland-Orban B. Measuring trauma system performance: Right patient, right place-Mission accomplished? The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 79(2) : 263-8, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26218695
  • Utter GH, Miller PR, Mowery NT, Tominaga GT, Gunter O, Osler TM, Ciesla DJ, Agarwal SK, Inaba K, Aboutanos MB, Brown CV, Ross SE, Crandall ML, Shafi S. ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM mapping of the AAST Emergency General Surgery disease severity grading systems: Conceptual approach, limitations, and recommendations for the future. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 78(5) : 1059-65, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25909431
  • Shafi S, Aboutanos M, Brown CV, Ciesla D, Cohen MJ, Crandall ML, Inaba K, Miller PR, Mowery NT. Measuring anatomic severity of disease in emergency general surgery. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 76(3) : 884-7, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24553565
  • Ching YH, Socias SM, Ciesla DJ, Karlnoski RA, Camporesi EM, Mangar D. The difficult intraoperative nasogastric tube intubation: A review of the literature and a novel approach. SAGE Open Medicine. 2: 2050312114524390, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26770713
  • Ciesla DJ, Tepas JJ, Pracht EE, Langland-Orban B, Cha JY, Flint LM. Fifteen-year trauma system performance analysis demonstrates optimal coverage for most severely injured patients and identifies a vulnerable population. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 216(4) : 687-95; discussion 695-8, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23415551
  • Ciesla DJ, Pracht EE, Tepas JJ, Cha JY, Langland-Orban B, Flint LM. The injured elderly: a rising tide. Surgery. 154(2) : 291-8, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23889955
  • Ciesla DJ, Pracht EE, Cha JY, Langland-Orban B. Geographic distribution of severely injured patients: implications for trauma system development. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 73(3) : 618-24, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22710789
  • Ciesla DJ, Cha JY, Smith JS, Llerena LE, Smith DJ. Implementation of an acute care surgery service at an academic trauma center. American journal of surgery. 202(6) : 779-85; discussion 785-6, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22137137
  • Sauaia A, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Ciesla DJ, Biffl WL, Banerjee A. Validation of postinjury multiple organ failure scores. Shock (Augusta, Ga.). 31(5) : 438-47, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18838942
  • Ciesla DJ, Sava JA, Street JH, Jordan MH. Secondary overtriage: a consequence of an immature trauma system. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 206(1) : 131-7, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18155578
  • Ciesla DJ, Sava JA, Kennedy SO, Levinson K, Jordan MH. Trauma patients: you can get them in, but you can't get them out. American Journal of Surgery. 195(1) : 78-83, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18082546
  • Sava J, Ciesla D, Williams M, Street J, White P, Wang D. Is informed consent in trauma a lost cause? A prospective evaluation of acutely injured patients' ability to give consent. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 205(3) : 405-8, 2007. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17765155
  • Ciesla DJ. Trauma systems and access to emergency medical care. The Journal of trauma. 62(6 Suppl) : S51, 2007. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17556971
  • Ciesla DJ. The acute care surgeon and emergency specialty procedures. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 205(1) : 187-9, 2007. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17617350
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Cothren CC, Johnson JL, Burch JM. Has the trauma surgeon become house staff for the surgical subspecialist? American journal of surgery. 192(6) : 732-7, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17161084
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Cothren CC, Banerjee A, Burch JM, Sauaia A. Decreased progression of postinjury lung dysfunction to the acute respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure. Surgery. 140(4) : 640-7; discussion 647-8, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17011912
  • Sheppard FR, Cothren CC, Moore EE, Orfanakis A, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL, Burch JM. Emergency department resuscitative thoracotomy for nontorso injuries. Surgery. 139(4) : 574-6, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16627069
  • Cothren CC, Lutfiyya WL, Kim FJ, Ciesla DJ. Image of the month: Schwannoma. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 141(9) : 941-2, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16983038
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Burch JM, Cothren CC, Sauaia A. Obesity increases risk of organ failure after severe trauma. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 203(4) : 539-45, 2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17000399
  • Moore EE, Moore FA, Harken AH, Johnson JL, Ciesla D, Banerjee A. The two-event construct of postinjury multiple organ failure. Shock (Augusta, Ga.). 24 Suppl 1: 71-4, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16374376
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Ciesla DJ, Burch JM. Can we afford to do laparoscopic appendectomy in an academic hospital? American journal of surgery. 190(6) : 950-4, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16307952
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Ray CE, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Burch JM. Screening for blunt cerebrovascular injuries is cost-effective. American journal of surgery. 190(6) : 845-9, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16307932
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Burch JM, Cothren CC, Sauaia A. The role of the lung in postinjury multiple organ failure. Surgery. 138(4) : 749-57; discussion 757-8, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16269305
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Ray CE, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Burch JM. Carotid artery stents for blunt cerebrovascular injury: risks exceed benefits. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 140(5) : 480-5; discussion 485-6, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15897444
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Burch JM, Cothren CC, Sauaia A. A 12-year prospective study of postinjury multiple organ failure: has anything changed? Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 140(5) : 432-8; discussion 438-40, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15897438
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Moore JB, Johnson JL, Cothren CC, Burch JM. The academic trauma center is a model for the future trauma and acute care surgeon. The Journal of trauma. 58(4) : 657-61; discussion 661-2, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15824639
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Haenel JB, Burch JM. Postinjury abdominal compartment syndrome does not preclude early enteral feeding after definitive closure. American journal of surgery. 188(6) : 653-8, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15619479
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Biffl WL, Ray CE, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL. Radiographic characteristics of postinjury splenic autotransplantation: avoiding a diagnostic dilemma. The Journal of trauma. 57(3) : 537-41, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15454799
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Biffl WL, Ciesla DJ, Ray CE, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Burch JM. Anticoagulation is the gold standard therapy for blunt carotid injuries to reduce stroke rate. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 139(5) : 540-5; discussion 545-6, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15136355
  • Powell DW, Moore EE, Cothren CC, Ciesla DJ, Burch JM, Moore JB, Johnson JL. Is emergency department resuscitative thoracotomy futile care for the critically injured patient requiring prehospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 199(2) : 211-5, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15275875
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Johnson JL, Sauaia A, Cothren CC, Moore JB, Burch JM. Multiple organ dysfunction during resuscitation is not postinjury multiple organ failure. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 139(6) : 590-4; discussion 594-5, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15197083
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Long JS, Haenel JB, Johnson JL, Ciesla DJ. Large volume polymerized haemoglobin solution in a Jehovah's Witness following abruptio placentae. Transfusion medicine (Oxford, England). 14(3) : 241-6, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15180817
  • Ciesla DJ, Moore EE, Moore JB, Johnson JL, Cothren CC, Burch JM. Intubation alone does not mandate trauma surgeon presence on patient arrival to the emergency department. The Journal of trauma. 56(5) : 937-41; discussion 941-2, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15179230
  • Barsness KA, Bensard DD, Ciesla D, Partrick DA, Hendrickson R, Karrer FM. Blunt diaphragmatic rupture in children. The Journal of trauma. 56(1) : 80-2, 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14749570
  • Cothren CC, Moore EE, Biffl WL, Ciesla DJ, Ray CE, Johnson JL, Moore JB, Burch JM. Cervical spine fracture patterns predictive of blunt vertebral artery injury. The Journal of trauma. 55(5) : 811-3, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14608149
  • Biffl WL, Carnaggio R, Moore EE, Ciesla DJ, Johnson JL, Silliman CC. Clinically relevant hypertonicity prevents stored blood- and lipid-mediated delayed neutrophil apoptosis independent of p38 MAPK or caspase-3 activation. Surgery. 134(1) : 86-91, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12874587