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Rachel R. Kelz, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 4 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Alison Maurer
Administrative Telephone: 215- 662-2030
Administrative Fax: 215-662-7476
Patient Appointments: 215-615-0741

Clinical Offices:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Cancer Center
West Pavilion, 4th Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Clinical Telephone: 215-615-5858
Clinical Fax: 215-615-5881

Contact Information (internal use only)

rapaporr@uphs.upenn.edu

 

A board certified general surgeon, Dr Kelz’ interests include minimally invasive parathyroid and thyroid surgery. In addition to Endocrine surgery, Dr Kelz is dedicated to the advancement of high quality care through the use of innovative educational tools and health services research.  Dr Kelz, an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Program is a champion for resident and medical student education within the Department of Surgery. As the surgeon champion for ACS-NSQIP at HUP, she is intimately involved in the delivery of quality surgical care as defined by surgical outcomes. She is the Director of the ACS NSQIP Quality In-Training Initiative.  Her current work places her at the intersection of medical education, surgical outcomes and quality surgical care.

 
Appointments
2010 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - 2010 Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2003 - 2004 Instructor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998 - 2003 Assistant Clinical Instructor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2013 - present  

Associate Program Director General Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
2013 - present Member, eProvider Documentation Physician Advisory Committee
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2012 - present  Director, Center for Surgery and Health Economics, Department of Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - present  Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - 2013  Co-Director, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2009 - present Department of Surgery Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Committee
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - present Peri-Operative Quality Council
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2007 - present Clerkship Director
Medical Student 200 Surgery Course
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
2006 - present Surgeon Champion, ACS NSQIP
member of leadership team responsible for the direction and outcome of Quality Improvement Initiatives within the Department of Surgery and Peri-Operative services
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Co-Chairman, Mortality Committee, CEQI
responsible for analysis and strategic implementation of efforts to reduce preventable mortality
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - 2007 Associate Director
Medical Student 200 Clerkship, General Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
2005 - present Patient Safety Steering Committee
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2005 - 2007 Chair, Nutrition Support Committee
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - present Attending Physician
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - 2010 Attending Physician
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
08/01 - 12/02 Housestaff Committee for Clinical Effectiveness
and Quality Improvement (Chair)
 
Other Appointments
2013 - present 

Screener, Admissions Committee
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
2013 - present  Member, Selection Committee, Gold Humanism Honor Society
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2012 - present  Faculty Advisor, Elizabeth Blackwell Society
Women in Medicine Society at the Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - 2013  Co-Leader, Doris Duke Clinical Research Foundation Medical Student Fellowship Program
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - present

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
2011 - 2013 Co-Leader, Doris Duke Clinical Research Foundation Medical Student Fellowship Program
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - present Member, Student Disciplinary Hearing Panel
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - present  Member, Data Definitions Committee, ACS NSQIP
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois
 
2006 - present  Faculty Advisor, Agnew Society, Surgical interest group at the School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Education/Training
2000 - 2002 MSCE - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1993 - 1997 MD - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut
cum laude
 
1988 - 1992 B.S. Union College, Schenectady, New York
(mathematics - magna cum laude)
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
August 2012 

Surgeons as Educators Course, American College of Surgeons
Division of Surgical Education
Atlanta, Georgia

 
2002 - 2004 Resident in General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2002 - 2004 Research Fellow, Surgical Outcomes Group
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2000 - 2002 National Cancer Institute Institutional Cancer Clinical Epidemiology Training Fellowship
 
2000 - 2002 Research Fellow
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998 - 2000 Resident in General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1997 - 1998 Intern in General Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1992 - 1993 Research Associate in Ophthalmology
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York, New York
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National and International Societies
2013 - present Association for Program Directors in Surgery
Co-chair, Task Force Quality and Performance Improvement, 2013-2015
 
2012 - present  American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Education and Research Committee, 2013-2016
 
2011 - present Association for Academic Surgery
Co-Chair, Issues Committee, 2013-present
Executive Council Member, 2013-present
 
2009 - present American Thyroid Association
 
2007 - 2013  Association for Surgical Education
 
2006 - 2007   Endocrine Society
 
2006 - 2008   Surgical Outcomes Club
 
2004- 2009   Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons
 
2004 - 2007  American College of Epidemiology (Associate Member)
 
2004 - present    American College of Surgeons
Associate Fellow, 2004-2007
Fellow, 2007-present
Surgeon Champion, ACS NSQIP, HUP, 2006-present        
Data Definitions Committee, ACS NSQIP, 2008-present
Director, Quality In-Training Initiative, ACS Division of
Research & Optimal Patient Care, ACS NSQIP, 2011-present
 
Scientific Societies
2011 - present

Surgical Outcomes Club

 
Research
 
Dr. Kelz obtained her Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in order to pursue Heath Services Research. She is the Director of The Center for Surgery and Health Economics.
 
Current areas of research include:
  • Identification of modifiable causes of variability in surgical cost and outcomes to improve surgical quality and reduce disparities
  • Development of innovative approaches to surgical education.
 
 
 
Publications
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Auran JD, Koester CJ, Rapaport R, Florakis GJ.  Wide field scanning slit in vivo confocal microscopy of flattening-induced corneal bands and ridges.  Scanning 16(3):182-186, May/June 1994. 
  2. Auran JD, Koester CJ, Kleiman NJ, Rapaport, R, Bomann JS, Wirotsko BM, Florakis GJ, Koniarek JP.  Scanning slit confocal microscopic observation of cell morphology and movement within the normal human anterior cornea.  Ophthalmology 102(1):33-41, Jan. 1995.
  3. Abt P, Kelz RR.  Survival among pediatric liver transplant recipients: Impact of segmental grafts.  Liver Transplantation 10(10):1287-1293, Oct. 2004.
  4. Kelz RR, Gimotty PA, Polsky D, Norman S, Fraker D, DeMichele A.  Morbidity and mortality of colorectal carcinoma surgery differs by insurance status.  Cancer 101(10):2187-2194, Nov 15, 2004.
  5. Silber JH, Rosenbaum, PR, Trudeau ME, Chen, W, Zhang X, Rapaport Kelz R, Mosher RE,  Even-Shoshan O. Changes in prognosis after the first post-operative complication.  Medical Care 43(2):122-131, Feb. 2005.
  6. Silber JH, Rosenbaum, PR, Trudeau ME, Chen W, Zhang, X, Kelz RR, Mosher, RE,  Even-Shoshan O.  Pre-operative antibiotics and mortality: Results from the surgical outcomes study.  Annals of Surgery 242(1):107-114, July 2005. PMCID: PMC1357711
  7. Kurichi JE, Kelz RR, Sonnad SS.  Women authors of surgical research.  Archives of Surgery 140(11): 1074-1077, Nov. 2005.
  8. Karakousis G, Han D, Kelz R.  Interpretation of intra-operative PTH changes in patients with multi-glandular primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT).  Surgery 142(6):845-850, Dec. 2007.
  9. Roses RE, Foley PJ, Resnick AS, Kelz RR, Williams NN, Mullen JL, Kaiser LR, Morris JB.  The resident perspective on the state of general surgery training.  J Surg Educ. 2008 Nov-Dec; 65(6):494-8.
  10. Kelz RR, Freeman KM, Hosokawa PW, Asch DA, Spitz FR, Moskowitz M, Henderson WG, Mitchell ME, Itani KM.  Time of day is associated with postoperative morbidity: An analysis of the national surgical quality improvement program data.  Annals of Surgery 247(3): 544-552, Mar. 2008.
  11. Ra J, Paulson EC, Kucharczuk J, Armstrong K, Wirtalla C, Rapaport Kelz R, Kaiser LR, Spitz FR.  Postoperative mortality after esophagectomy for cancer: Development of a pre-operative risk prediction model.  Annals of Surgical Oncology 15(6): 1577-1584, June 2008.
  12. Paulson EC, Mitra N, Sonnad S, Armstrong K, Wirtalla C, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN. National Cancer Institute designation predicts improved outcomes in colorectal cancer surgery.  Annals of Surgery 248(4): 675-686, Oct. 2008.
  13. Foley PJ, Roses RE, Kelz RR, Resnick AS, Williams NN, Mullen JL, Kaiser LR, Morris JB.  The state of general surgery training: A different perspective.  Journal of Surgical Education 65(6): 494-498, Nov. /Dec. 2008.
  14. Paulson EC, Ra J, Armstrong K, Wirtalla C, Spitz F, Kelz RR.  Underuse of esophagectomy as treatment for resectable esophageal cancer.  Archives of Surgery 143(12):1198-1203, Dec. 2008.
  15. Kelz RR,  Tran TT,  Hosokawa P,  Henderson W,  Paulson EC,  Spitz F, et al.  Time-of-day effects on surgical outcomes in the private sector: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2009 Oct; 209(4): 434-445.e2.
  16. R.E. Roses, P. Foley, E.C. Paulson, L. Pray, R.R. Kelz, N. Williams and J.B. Morris Revisiting the rotating call schedule in less than 80 hours per week. Journal of Surgical Education, Volume 66, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2009, Page 357-360
  17. Kelz RR, Mullen J, Kaiser L, Pray, L, Shea, G, Drebin, J, Wirtalla, C, Morris, J. Prevention of Surgical Resident Attrition by a Novel Selection Strategy. Annals of Surgery 2010 Sept. 252 (3): 537-543.
  18. Holena, DN; Hadler, R; Wirtalla, C; Carr, B; Morris, JB; Kelz, RR. Teaching status: The impact on emergency and elective surgical care in the US Annals of Surgery:
    2011May 253(5): 1017–1023.
  19. Mittal MK, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Germ Simulation: A Novel Approach for Raising Medical Students Awareness Toward Asepsis.  Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare: 2011 April, 6(2): 65-70.
  20. Reinke CE, Drebin J, Kreider S, Kean C, Resnick A, Raper S, Kelz RR.  “Timing of Pre-operative Pharmacoprophylaxis for Pancreatic Surgery Patients:  A Venous Thromboembolism Reduction Initiative”. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Jan;19(1):19-25.
  21. Shah PK, Shah KK, Karakousis GC, Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Fraker DL.   “Regional Recurrence after Lymphadenectomy for Clinically Evident Lymph Node Metastases from Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A Cohort Study.”  Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 May; 19(5):1453-9.
  22. Holena D,  Mills A,, Carr B, Wirtalla C, Sarani, B, Kim P, Braslow B, Kelz RR. “Transfer Status: A Risk Factor for Mortality in Patients with Necrotizing Fasciitis“ Surgery. 2011 Sep; 150(3):363-70.
  23. Reinke CE, Hadler RA, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR.  “Does the Presence of Thyroid Cancer Increase the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy?”  Surgery. Dec 2011; 150(6): 1275-1285.
  24. Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Neuman MD, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, David G, Saynisch PA, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA.  “Medical and Financial Risks Associated with Surgery in the Elderly Obese.”  Ann Surg. 2012 256 (1): 79-86.
  25. Zubizarreta JR, Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR.  “Matching for Several Sparse Nominal Variables in a Case-control Study of Readmission Following Surgery.” The American Statistician.  November 2011, 65(4): 229-238. 
  26. Yang RL, Freeman K, Reinke CE, Fraker DL, Karakousis G, Kelz RR, Doyle A.  “Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Characteristics of Patients Selected for Different Treatment Strategies”  Transplantation. 2012 94(1):70-76.
  27. Yang R, Reinke CE, Mittal M, Kean C, Diaz E, Fishman N, Morris JB, Kelz RRThe Surgery Clerkship: An Opportunity for Preclinical Credentialing in Urinary Catheterization” Am J Surg. 2012 204 (4): 535-539.
  28. Mollo B, Reinke CE, Nelson C, Holena D, Kann B, Williams NN, Bleier J, Kelz RR.  “The Simulated Ward: Ideal for Training Clinical Clerks in an Era of Patient Safety.”  J Surg Res. 2012 177(1): e1-e6.
  29. Okusanya O, Reinke CE, Kornfield ZN, Morris JB, Sarani B, Williams NN, Kelz RR.  “The effect and Durability of a Pre-graduation Boot Camp on the Confidence of Senior Medical Students Entering Surgical Residencies.”  J Surg Educ. 2012 Jul; 69(4):536-43.
  30. Massey PR, Sakran JV, Mills AM, Sarani B, Aufhauser DD, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Kelz RR, and Holena DN. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in necrotizing soft tissue infections.” J Surg Res. 2012 177(1): 146-151.
  31. Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Hadler RA, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kelz RR.  “Incidence in Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Malignancy by Tumor Type:  An Analysis of ACS NSQIP Data 2005-2010.” Surgery. 152(2):186-92.
  32. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Pray, L, Williams NN, Bleier J, Murayama K, Morris JB.  “Trimming the fat: Optimizing Overall Educational Value by Defining Factors Associated with Overall Educational Value and Service to Education Ratio.”  Journal of Surgical Education.  2012 69(6): 813-818. 
  33. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Zubizarreta JR, Mi L, Saynisch P, Kyle FA, Even-Shoshan O, Fleisher LA, Silber JH. “Obesity and Readmission in Elderly Surgical Patients.”  Surgery.  2012 152(3): 355-62.
  34. Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Zubizarreta JR, Wang M, Saynisch P, Even-Shoshan O,  Reese PP, Fleisher LA, Silber JH. “Acute Kidney Injury, Renal Function, and the Elderly Obese Surgical Patient: A Matched Case-Control Study.”  Annals of Surgery, 2013 Published ahead of print.
  35. Yang RL, Newman AS, Reinke CE, Lin IC, Karakousis GC, Czerniecki BJ, Wu LC, Kelz RR.  “Racial Disparities in Immediate Breast Reconstruction following Mastectomy: The Impact of State and Federal Health Policy Changes.” Annals of Surgical Oncology.  2013 20(2):399-406.
  36. Yang RL, Kelz RR, Doyle A.  “Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism – Choosing an Appropriate Treatment – An Enigma.”  Transplantation.  2012 94(11):e64-e65.
  37. Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Cofer JB, Ashley SW, Hebert JC, Ko C. APDS Panel Session IV: Intersection of Surgical Outcomes and Medical Education. Journal of Surgical Education.  2012 Nov-Dec; 69(6): 687-92.
  38. Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR. “The Effect of Insurance Status on Patients Admitted for Acute Diverticulitis” Colorectal Disease, 15: 613–620.
  39. Showalter SL, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN. “Effect of Technique on Postoperative Perineal Wound Infections in Abdominoperineal Resection” Am J Surg Available on line 2013, In press.
  40. Reinke CE, Showalter SL, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR. “Comparison of Anastomotic Leak Rate after Colorectal Surgery in Different Databases” Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2013 56(5): 638-644.
  41. Arthur K, Kelz RR, Mills AM, Reinke CE, Robertson MP, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Reilly PM, Holena DN.  “Inter-hospital Transfer: An Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit The American Surgeon”  Am J Surg Accepted for publication November 2012
  42. Yang RL, Hashimoto DA, Predina JD, Bowens NM, Sonnenberg EM, Cleveland EC, Lawson C, Morris JB, Kelz RR. “The Virtual Patient Pilot: Testing A New Tool for Undergraduate Surgical Education and Assessment” J Surg Ed.  2013 70(3): 394-401.
  43. Yang RL, Newman AS, Lin IC, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Czerniecki BJ, Wu LC, Kelz RR. “Trends in Immediate Breast Reconstruction Across Insurance Groups After Enactment of Breast Cancer Legislation” Cancer. 2013 Online doi: 10.1002/cncr.28050
  44. Sellers MM, Merkow RP, Halverson A, Hinami K, Kelz RR, Bentrem DJ, Bilimori KY.  “Validation of New Readmission Data in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program” JACS 216(3): 420-427.
  45. Sellers MM, Hanson K, Schuller M, Sherman K, Kelz RR, Fryer J, DaRosa D, Bilimoria KY.  “Development and Participant Assessment of a Practical Quality Improvement Educational Initiative for Surgical Residents.” JACS 2013 216(6): 1207-1213.
  46. Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Neuman MD, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, David G, Saynisch PA, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA “Racial Disparities in Operative Procedure Time: The Influence of Obesity.” Anesthesiology. 2013 Online doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e31829101de
  47. Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Gupta M, Shah PK, Shah KK, Zaheer S, Wachtel H, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL  “Surgery for Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumors with Occult Primaries.” J Surg Res 2013 Available online, In press.
  48. Barbieri JS, Fuchs BD, Fishman N, Cutilli CC, Umscheid CA, Kean C, Koshy S, Sullivan P, Brennan PJ, Kelz RR.  “The Mortality Review Committee: A Novel and Scalable Approach to Reducing Inpatient Mortality.”  The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Accepted for publication, April 2013.
  49. Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer  JP, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC.  “Sartorius Transposition During Inguinal Lymphadenectomy For Melanoma.” J Surg Res. 2013 Available online, In press.
  50. Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN, Roses RE, Kelz RR.  “The Effect of Colorectal Cancer Screening Mandates on Access to Care and Clinical Outcomes:  A Retrospective Study of Colorectal Surgery Patients.”  Surgery.  Accepted for publication, April 2013.
  51. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Baillie CA, Norris A, Schmidt S, Wingate N, Myers JS.  “Timeliness and Quality of Surgical Discharge Summaries after the Implementation of an Electronic Format.” Am J Surg Accepted for publication, April 2013.
  52. Datta J, Williams N, Morris J, Kelz, RR.  “The Non-Designated Preliminary Pathway in General Surgery Residency: Implications for the National Surgical Workforce.” Am Surg Accepted for publication, April 2013.
  53. Gupta M,  Fuchs B, Cutilli C, Reinke C, Kean C, Fishman N, Sullivan P, Kelz R. “Preventable Mortality: Does the perspective matter when determining preventability?” Journal of Surgical Research Accepted May 2013.
  54. Sellers MM, Reinke CE, Kreider S, Meise C, Nelis K, Volpe A, Anzlovar N, Ko C, Kelz RR.  “American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program - Quality In-Training Initiative Pilot Study” Journal of the American College of Surgeons Accepted June 2013.
  55. Bartlett, EK, Meise C, Kelz, RR, Karakousis G. “Morbidity and Mortality of Cytoreduction with Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: Outcomes from the ACS NSQIP database.”  Annals of Surgical Oncology, Accepted June 2013.
  56. Kelz, RR, Sellers, MM, Reinke, CE, Medbery RL, Morris JB, Ko, C. “The Quality In-Training Initiative a Solution to the Need for Education in Quality Improvement:  Results from a Survey of Program Directors” Journal of the American College of Surgeons Accepted July 2013.
  57. Bartlett EK, Gimotty PA, Sinnamon AJ, Wachtel H, Roses RE, Schuchter L, Xu X, Elder DE, Ming M, Elenitsas R, Guerry D, Kelz RR, Czerniecki BJ, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC.  Clark Level Risk stratifies patients with mitogenic thin melanomas for sentinel lymph node biopsy.  Annals of Surgical Oncology Oct. 12, 2013 (Epub ahead of print).  [PMID: 24121883].
  58. Sakran JV, Hoffman RL, Ko CY, Kelz RR. The ACS NSQIP® Quality In-Training Initiative: Educating residents to ensure the future of optimal surgical care. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons Nov. 2013, online.
  59. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Baillie CA, Norris A, Schmidt S, Wingate N, Myers JS.  Timeliness and quality of surgical discharge summaries after the implementation of an electronic format.  American Journal of Surgery 207(1) 2014, 7-16, Jan 2014.
  60. Kelz RR, Sellers MM, Reinke CE, Medbery RL, Morris JB, Ko C.  The quality in-training initiative: A solution to the need for education in quality improvement:  Results from a survey of program directors.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2013 (accepted for publication).
  61. Datta J, Williams N, Morris J, Kelz, RR.  The Non-Designated Preliminary Pathway in General Surgery Residency: Implications for the National Surgical Workforce.  American Surgeon 2013 (accepted for publication).
  62. Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Ross RN, Ludwig JM, Wang W, Niknam BA, Mukherjee N, Saynisch PA, Even-Shoshan O, Kelz RR, Fleisher LA. Template matching for auditing hospital cost and quality. Health Services Research accepted for publication, Oct. 2013.
  63. Hoffman RL, Hudak-Rosander C, Datta J, Morris JB, Kelz RR.  Orientation in Surgical Residents: A Study of the Motivation Behind Learning. J Surg Res 2014 (available on line January 4, 2014).
  64. Bartlett EK, Roses RE. Meise C, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC. Preoperative radiation for retroperitoneal sarcoma is not associated with increased early postoperative morbidity. 2013 J. Surg. Oncol. doi: 10.1002/jso.23534.
  65. Medbery RL, Sellers MM, Ko CY, Kelz RR.  The Unmet Need for a National Surgical Quality Improvement Curriculum: A Systematic Review. Journal of Surgical Education (Accepted for publication, Dec 2013).
  66. Sinnamon A, Bartlett E, Sonnenberg E, Meise C, Wang G, Kelz RR.  The Influence of Socioeconomic Factors on Gender Disparities in Lower Extremity Bypass. Journal of Surgical Research (Accepted for publication, Jan 2014).
  67. Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Ko CY, Najjia Mahmoud N, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR.  Early Discharge and Readmission Following Colorectal Resection.  Journal of Surgical Research (Accepted for publication, Feb 2014).
Reviews in Peer-Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Begos D, Rapaport R. Cytomegalovirus infection masquerading as an ulcerative colitis flare-up: Case report and review of the literature. Yale Journal Biology Medicine 69(4):323-328, July/ Aug. 1996.
Abstracts, Last 3 Years
  1. Holena D,  Mills A,, Carr B, Wirtalla C, Sarani, B, Kim P, Braslow B, Kelz, RR. “Transfer Status: A Risk Factor for Mortality in Patients with Necrotizing Fasciitis.” Association of Academic Surgeons, Academic Surgical Congress, Huntington Beach, CA January 2011.
  2. Shah KK, Shah PK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR, Fraker DL. “Reoperative Parathyroid Procedures in the Era of Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy (MIP)” Society of Surgical Oncology’s 64th Annual Cancer Symposium, March 2-5, 2011 San Antonio, TX.
  3. Reinke CE, Drebin J, Kreider S, Kean C, Resnick A, Raper S, Kelz RR.  “Timing of Pre-operative Pharmacoprophylaxis for Pancreatic Surgery Patients:  A Venous Thromboembolism Reduction Initiative” Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  San Antonio, TX.  March 2011
  4. Shah PK, Shah KK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR, Fraker DL. “Reliability of Cytologic Analysis for Identifying Tall Cell Variant in Papillary Thyroid Cancer” AAES April 2011 Houston Tx
  5. Reinke CE, Hadler RA, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR“Does the Presence of Thyroid Cancer Increase the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy?”  Oral presentation, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.  Houston, TX.  April 2011.
  6. Showalter S, Kelz RR, Mahmoud N. “Affect of Technique on Postoperative Perineal Wound Infections in Abdominoperineal Resection” American Society of Colorectal Surgeons.  Vancouver, Canada May 2011
  7. Mills AM, Holena DN, Kallan MJ, Carr BG, Reinke CE, Kelz RR.  “The Effect of Insurance Status on Patients Admitted for Acute Diverticulitis”.  Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.  Boston, MA.  June 2011.
  8. Yang, R, Reinke CE, Mittal M, Kean C, Diaz E, Fishman N, Morris JB, Kelz RRThe Surgery Clerkship: An Opportunity for Preclinical Credentialing in Urinary Catheterization.  Poster presentation, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  October 2011. 
  9. Okusanya OT, Reinke CE, Kornfield ZN, Morris JB, Sarani B, Williams NW, Kelz RRWhere Simulation Ends and Training Begins: The Effect and Durability of a Pre-graduation Prep Course for Medical Students Entering Surgical Training.  Oral presentation.  American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  October 2011. 
  10. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Zubizarreta JR, Mi L, Saynish P, Kyle F, Even-Shoshan O, Rosenbaum PR, Fleisher LA, Silber JH.  Surgical Readmissions in the Obese Elderly Patient.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  11. Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Hadler RA, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kelz RRDiagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism as an Outpatient in Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Malignancy: An Analysis of ACS NSQIP Data 2005-2008.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  12. Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Hadler RA, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kelz RRIncidence of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Malignancy: An Analysis of ACS NSQIP Data 2005-2008.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  13. Reinke CE, Nelson C, Holena DN, Kann B, Williams N, Bleier J, Kelz RRA Novel Floor Management Simulation Course for Medical Students:  Providing Experience and Feedback in a Safe Environment.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  14. Holena DN, Sakran JV, Reinke CE, Grabo DJ, Mills AM, Sarani B, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Kelz RREmergency General Surgery: Does an Individual Surgeon’s Volume of Cases Matter?  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  15. Holena DN, Reinke CE, Carr BG, Mills AM, Kelz RRRisk Factors for Interhospital Transfer After Emergency Abdominal Surgery.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  Las Vegas, NV.  February 2012.
  16. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Pray L, Williams N, Bleier J, Murayama K, Morris JB.  Trimming the Fat: Optimizing Overall Educational Value by Defining Factors Associated with Overall Educational Value and Service to Education Ratio.  Oral presentation, Association of Program Directors in Surgery.  March 2012, San Diego, CA.
  17. Yang, R, Kelz RR, Reinke CE, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Newman A, Lin IC, Wu L.  The impact of the Federal and State Policy Changes on the Likelihood of Immediate Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy.  Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  March 2012
  18. Yang, R, Lin C, Newman A, Reinke CE, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Wu L, Kelz RRState and Federal Health Policy and its Effects on Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Reconstruction.  Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  March 2012
  19. Yang R, Reinke CE, Newman A, Lin C, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Wu L, Kelz RRPatient-centered care: Do all teaching hospitals provide greater access to immedicate breast reconstruction?  Poster presentation, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, May 2012, Pheonix, AZ.
  20. Macnow A, Kelz RR, Corcoran A. Weaving Aging Education into the Surgery Clerkship:  An opportunity to Increase Future Physician Awareness of Unique Issues in Surgical Care for the Elderly. Poster presentation.  Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society.  May 2012 Seattle, WA.
  21. Reinke CE, Showalter S, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RRAnastomotic leak and databases: Improving Quality by Identifying Factors that Improve Predictive Value. Poster presentation.  American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting.  June 2012, San Antonio, TX.
  22. Anderson J, Kelz RR, …Fishman, NO.  A Quality Improvement Approach to Improving Sepsis Mortality.  Rapid Fire Oral Presentation.  UHC Annual Conference. September 2012.  Orlando, FL.
  23. Yang R, Reinke CE, Graves HL, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Kelz RRFactors associated with undergoing mastectomy at a teaching institution within the state of Pennsylvania.  Poster presentation, The European Society of Surgical Oncology, June 2012, Barcelona, Spain.
  24. CE Reinke, N. Bansal, C. Meise, G. Karakousis, D. Fraker, RR Kelz Does Variation In Cost Of A Surgical Procedure Equate To Differences In The Value Of The Care Delivered?  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  25. CE Reinke, N. Bansal, C. Meise, G. Karakousis, D. Fraker,  RR Kelz Regional Variation In Total Cost Of A Homogenous Surgical Procedure Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  26. N. Bansal, E. Sonnenberg, C.K. Meise, C.E. Reinke, G.C. Karakousis, E.K. Bartlett, N.N. Mahmoud, R.E. Roses, RR Kelz The Effect Of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Control Programs On Access To Care For Colorectal Surgery Patients Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  27. R. L. Yang, J. Datta, H.L. Graves, J.A. Cintolo, C. Meise, G.C. Karakousis, B.J. Czerniecki, RR Kelz Racial Disparities In Utilization Of Outpatient Mastectomy: Findings From The ACS-NSQIP Database Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  28. R. L. Yang, C.E. Reinke, C. Meise, J. Datta, H.L. Graves, G.C. Karakousis, M.B. Kelz, B.J. Czerniecki, RR Kelz Predicting The Safety Of Outpatient Mastectomy: A Validated Prediction Model Using The ACS-NSQIP Database Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  29. M. M. Sellers, C.E. Reinke, S. Kreider, C. Meise, K. Nelis, A. Volpe, N. Anzlovar, C. Ko, RR Kelz American College Of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Quality In Training Initiative Pilot Study Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  30. C. M. Webb, H. Wachtel, E.K. Bartlett, P.K. Shah, K.K. Shah, R. Kelz, G.C. Karakousis, D.L. Fraker Intraoperative PTH Monitoring Criteria In Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  31. M. Gupta, C. Reinke, J. Myers, R. Kelz, J. Pascual Extending The Principles Of Procedural Certification To Patient Safety: A Satisfying Surgical Handoff Curriculum Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  32. M. Gupta, C. Cutilli, C. Reinke, C. Kean, N. Fishman, B. Fuchs, P. Sullivan, R. Kelz Preventable Mortality: Does The Perspective Matter When Determining Preventability? Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013. (AWARD RECIPIENT)
  33. Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Karakousis GC,  Kelz RR. The Role Of Sartorius Flaps In Patients Undergoing Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection For Melanoma. Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  34. EK Bartlett, PK Shah, KK Shah, S Zaheer, H Wachtel, RR Kelz, GC Karakousis, DL Fraker  Surgery for Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumors With Clinically Occult Primary Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  35. H Wachtel, MC Wismer, EK Bartlett, PK Shah, KK Shah, RR Kelz, GC Karakousis, DL Fraker  Negative imaging is not a contraindication to surgical parathyroidectomy Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.
  36. H. Wachtel, M.C. Wismer, E.K. Bartlett, P.K. Shah, K.K. Shah,  RR Kelz, G.C. Karakousis, and D.L. Fraker Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy is the Best Operation for Patients with Localized Disease.  Oral presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  National Harbor, MD March 2013.
  37. CM Webb, EK Bartlett, H Wachtel, LC Lowenfeld, RR Kelz, GC Karakousis, DL. Fraker Predictors of Patient Response to Isolated Limb Perfusion for Metastatic Melanoma. Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  National Harbor, MD March 2013.
  38. RL Yang, RR Kelz, HL Graves, KL Nathanson, SM Domchek, PJ Zhang, BJ Czerniecki. Ductal Carcinoma In Situ and Invasive Breast Cancer Phenotype isHighly Concordant in BRCA Mutation Carriers: Implications for Prevention Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.  National Harbor, MD March 2013.
  39. Mirsaeedi-Farahani K, Cutilli CC, Sullivan PG, Dubin RM, Fleisher LA, Kelz RR, Fishman N, Behta M. Identifying Opportunities to Reduce Documented Cases of Aspiration Pneumonia (Asp PNA) Poster presentation, American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA. March 2013.
  40. Owen RM, Sellers MM, Reinke CE, Sweeney JF, Delman KD, Ko CY, Kelz RR.  The Quality in Training Initiative (QITI): A Framework for Creating a Generation of Surgeons Inspired by Optimal Patient Outcomes Oral Panel Presentation, AAMC 2013 Integrating Quality Meeting: Increasing Value and Educating for Quality Rosemont, IL June 2013.
  41. Medbery RL, Sellers MM, Ko CY, Kelz RR.  The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Quality In-Training Initiative (ACS NSQIP QITI): The results of a systematic review for a national quality improvement curriculum. Oral Presentation, Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Washington, DC, Oct. 2013.
  42. Sonnenberg EM, Reinke CE, Bartlett EK, Collier KT, Karakousis GC, Holena DN, Kelz RR.  Wind, water wound, walk: Does the data deliver the dictum?  Accepted for oral presentation, Education Plenary, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  43. Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR.  Early discharge and readmission following colorectal resection: An analysis of data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  44. Bartlett EK, Hoffman RL, Mahmoud NN, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR.  Post-discharge occurrences following colorectal surgery happen early and dramatically increase the rates of readmission.   Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  45. Bartlett EK, Hoffman RL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Hernia repair in the cirrhotic patient: An analysis of the ACS NSQIP Database.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  46. Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Medbery RL, Morris JB, Sakran JV, Kelz RR.  A quality profile for U.S. surgical residents: Case participation in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  47. Gupta M, Fleisher L, Fishman N, Raper S, Myers JS, Kelz RR.  Patient satisfaction in real-time: Inpatient experience informs providers and satisfaction scores.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  48. Hoffman RL, Hudak-Rosander C, Datta J, Morris JB, Kelz RR.  Understanding goal orientation among general surgery residents.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  49. Sonnenberg EM, Reinke CE, Bartlett EK, Collier KT, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. Immunosuppression shifts the day of diagnosis for infectious post-operative occurrences in patients undergoing abdominal operations.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  50. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Kelz RR.  Parathyroidectomy in dialysis patients.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  51. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Kelz RR.  Reoperative parathyroidectomy: Who is at risk and what is the risk?  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  52. Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Kelz RR, Fraker D, Karakousis G.  A NSQIP analysis of risk factors for 30-day morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing total gastrectomy for gastric malignancy.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  53. Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR, Fraker D, Wachtel H, Roses RE.  Predictors of mortality in patients undergoing palliative bypass for pancreatic malignancy.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  54. Reinke CE, Kelz RR.  Morbidity after lymph node dissection for melanoma in octogenarians: A review of the NSQIP Database.  Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
  55. Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Zubizarreta JR, Mi L, Saynisch P, Kyle FA, Even-Shoshan O, Fleisher LA, Silber JH.  Predictors if 30 day readmissions related to the principle procedure. Accepted for oral presentation, 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2014.
Editorials, Chapters & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Karakousis G, Kelz RR, Fraker DL.  Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.  Chap. 30 in Kaiser LR (ed.): Surgery Review, Second Edition.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005, 458-479.
  2. Kelz RR.  University of Pennsylvania: Media watch. Lancet Oncology 6(10):749, Oct. 2005.
  3. Kelz RR, Fraker DL.  Factors that predispose to thyroid neoplasia.  In Clark OH, Du QY, Siperstein A (eds.):  Textbook of Endocrine Surgery, Second Edition.  Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier, 2005, 240-247.
  4. Kelz RR, Morris J.  Biliary tract surgery.  Chap. 14 in Ginsberg G (ed.): The Clinician’s Guide to Pancreaticobiliary Disorders.  Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc., 2006, 297-310.
  5. Kelz RR, Morris JB.  Patient safety and surgical training: An unhealthy relationship? [Commentary] Annals of Surgery 249(6):877-878, June 2009. 
  6. Hadler, R and Kelz, R. Diagnosis and Management of Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding.  Chapter 69 in Deutschman C (ed.): Evidence-based practice of critical care. ELSEVIER 2010
  7. Reinke CE and Kelz RR. Infection Control in Surgical Practice. Chapter 9 in American College of Surgeons Principles and Practices. Lippincott 2013
  8. Yang RL, Kelz RR, Czerniecki B.  Immediate Reconstruction Following Nipple-sparing Mastectomy:  One Option for Young Breast Cancer Patients with Early Stage Disease [Editorial] J Thoracic Disease Invited, Accepted.
  9. Kelz RR, Fraker DL.  Factors that predispose to thyroid neoplasia.  In Clark OH, Du QY, Siperstein A (eds.):  Textbook of Endocrine Surgery, Third Edition.  Philadelphia:
Alternative Media
  1. Corcoran A and Kelz, R.  Older Surgical Patient Case. POGOe – Portal of Geriatric Online Education; 2011  Available from:  http://www.pogoe.org/productid/20907
Presentations/Lectures
May 20, 2005 “Surgical Management of Thyroid Cancer.” Penn General Surgery Update, Philadelphia, PA
 
June 7, 2005 “Surgical Management of Thyroid Cancer.” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
Aug. 23, 2005 “Adrenal Tumors.” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
Nov. 2005 “Outcomes Measures and the Practicing Surgeon.” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
May 2006 “Adrenocortical Carcinoma.” Penn General Surgery Update, Philadelphia, PA
 
May 2007 “Complications of Parathyroid Surgery.” Penn General Surgery Update, Philadelphia, PA
 
Jan 2008 “Time of Day” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
Oct 2009 “Thyroid Cancer” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
September 2010 “ACS-NSQIP the PENN Experience: Focus on VTE” Surgeon Champion Conference Call Series, Chicago, IL
 
December 2010 “Thyroid Disease” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
December 2010 “Adrenal Disease” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
April 2011 “Thyroid Surgery” Update on Thyroid Cancer, Philadelphia, PA
 
November 2011 “A Brief Introduction to Systems Based Practice” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
February 2012 “A Brief Introduction to Practice Based Learning and Improvement” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
June 2012 “Thyroid Surgery” 3rd Update on Thyroid Cancer, Philadelphia, PA
 
Presentations/Lectures
Jan 2008 “Time of Day” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
Oct 2009    “Thyroid Cancer” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
April 2010 “Prevention of Surgical Resident Attrition by a Novel Selection Strategy” 130th American Surgical Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
 
September 2010 “ACS-NSQIP the PENN Experience: Focus on VTE” Surgeon Champion Conference Call Series, Chicago, IL
 
December 2010 “Thyroid Disease” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
December 2010 “Adrenal Disease” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
April 2011 “Thyroid Surgery” Update on Thyroid Cancer, Philadelphia, PA
 
June 2011 Performance Improvement, Cooper Grand Rounds Camden, NJ
 
July 2011 “Timing of Pre-operative Pharmacoprophylaxis:  A VTE Reduction Initiative” ACS-NSQIP National Conference, Boston MA
 
November 2011 “A Brief Introduction to Systems Based Practice” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
February 2012 “A Brief Introduction to Practice Based Learning and Improvement” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
April 2012 “Intersection of Surgical Outcomes and Medical Education” Association of Program Directors in Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
 
June 2012  “Thyroid Surgery” 3rd Update on Thyroid Cancer, Philadelphia, PA
 
July 2012  “Development of a Data Centered Quality and Safety Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania” ACS-NSQIP National Conference Salt Lake City, UT
 
September 2012 “Embrace Your Inner Leader: Start with Yourself” Agnew Society Lectureship Series, Philadelphia, PA
 
February 2013 “Surgical Outcomes Data: The Next Frontier in Surgical Education” Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA
 
March 2013 “Thyroid Surgery” Penn General Surgery Resident Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
April 2013 “The Educational Toolbox: Generating Data To Bring the Core Competencies to Life and Develop a Culture of Continuous Quality Improvement” Association of Program Directors in Surgery Annual Meeting, Gaylord, FL
 
May 2013 “Surgery for Parathyroid Adenoma” Advanced Topics in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Philadelphia, PA
 
June 2013 “The Quality in Training Initiative (QITI): A Framework for Creating a Generation of Surgeons Inspired by Optimal Patient Outcomes”, 2013 AAMC Integrating Quality: Improving Value and Educating for Quality Meeting, Chicago, IL
 
June 2013 “Endocrine Grand Rounds” University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
 
July 2013 “Quality In-Training” ACS-NSQIP National Conference, San Diego, CA
 
July 2013 “Morbidity and Mortality Conference: The Peculiar Absence of QI Education” ACS-NSQIP National Conference, San Diego, CA
 
September 2013 “The Quality In-Training Initiative: Integrating Quality Improvement Education into the Existing Framework” Surgeon Champion Conference (Webinar); Chicago, IL
 
September 2013 “Surgery for Thyroid Cancer” 16th Annual Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference, Philadelphia, PA
 
October 2013 “Quality Improvement and Surgical Education.”  Surgical Grand Rounds, University of Texas-Houston, Houston, TX
 
Feb. 2014 “Obamacare: Is it the Answer to Racial Disparities in Cancer Care?” Invited for presentation, Hot Topics Luncheon, 9th Annual Academic Clinical Congress, San Diego, CA
 
Apr. 2014  “Education in Surgical Quality Improvement: A Daily Opportunity.” Scheduled presentation, Quality Grand Rounds, Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
 
April 2014 “Micropapillary Thyroid Cancer” Invited lecture, SBAS Annual Meeting Philadelphia, PA
 
July 2014  “Using Data to Engage Residents in Quality Improvement” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 10th Annual Meeting New York, NY
 
July 2014  “Residents as Leaders in QI” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 10th Annual Meeting New York, NY
 
July 2014  “The QI Curriculum Revealed” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 10th Annual Meeting New York, NY
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2013 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero Award, University of Pennsylvania
 
2012 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero Award, University of Pennsylvania
 
2011 Recipient, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, awarded to the distinguished teacher by the School of Medicine and the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania
 
2011 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero Award, University of Pennsylvania
 
2010 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero Award, University of Pennsylvania
 
2009 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero Award, University of Pennsylvania
 
2009 Recipient, The Gordon Buzby Award for Administrative Leadership, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2008 Patient Advocacy Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
 
2000 AVENTIS Surgical Resident Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
 
1995 Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Services Award, Yale University School of Medicine
 
1997 Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, Yale University School of Medicine
 
1997 Association for Academic Surgery Student Research Award
 
1992 Member, Phi Beta Kappa (фβК) Union College

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