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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: Alexandra Covington
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.

 
Faculty Appointments
2014 - present Associate Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2010 - 2014 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
 
2008 - present

Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
2007 - 2013 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
 
2001 - 2002 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 BS - Union College, Schenectady, New York
(mathematics - magna cum laude)
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
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
For a full list of publications, please view my bibliography through the NCBI link.
 
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. [PMID: 8038918]
  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 move-ment within the normal human anterior cornea.  Ophthalmology 102(1): 33-41, Jan. 1995. [PMID: 7831039]
  3. Abt PL, Rapaport-Kelz R, Desai NM, Frank A, Sonnad S, Rand E, Markmann JF, Shaked A, Olthoff KM. Survival among pediatric liver transplant recipients: Impact of segmental grafts.  Liver Transplantation 10(10): 1287-1293, Oct. 2004[PMID: 15376339]
  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. [PMID: 15382089]
  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.  [PMID: 15655425]
  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.  [PMID: 16301443]
  8. Karakousis GC, Han D, Kelz RR, Nemani D, Karamacharya J, Roses R, Gimotty PA, Fraker DL.  Interpretation of intra-operative PTH changes in patients with multi-glandular primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT).  Surgery 142(6): 845-850, Dec. 2007.  [PMID: 18063066]
  9. Han R, Roses R, Karakousis G, Kelz R, Neemani D, Karmacharya J, Fraker D.  Surgical pitfalls in the era of minimally invasive parathyroidectomy.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons 205(3):S61-S62, 2007.
  10. 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.  Journal of Surgical Education 65(1):18, Jan./Feb. 2008.
  11. Paulson EC, Ra J, Wirtalla C, Rohrbach J, Kelz R, Cooper J, Rosato E, Gorman J, Kaiser L, Kucharczuk J, Spitz F.  Predictors of postoperative course following esophagectomy at a high volume institution.  Journal of Surgical Research 144(2):363, Feb. 2008.
  12. 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.  [PMID: 18376202]
  13. 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.  [PMID: 18379852]
  14. 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.  [PMID: 18936581]
  15. 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.  [PMID: 19059183]
  16. 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.  [PMID: 19075172]
  17. Kelz RR, Tran TT, Hosokawa P, Henderson W, Paulson EC, Spitz F, Hamilton BH, Ball BL. Time-of-day effects on surgical outcomes in the private sector: A retrospective cohort study.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons 209(4): 434-445.e2, Oct. 2009 (Epub July 24, 2009).  [PMID: 19801316]
  18. Roses RE, Foley P, Paulson EC, Pray L, Kelz RR, Williams N, Morris JB.   Revisiting the rotating call schedule in less than 80 hours per week.  Journal of Surgical Education 66(6): 357-360, Nov./Dec. 2009.  [PMID: 20142135]
  19. 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 252(3): 537-543, Sept. 2010. [PMID: 20739855]
  20. 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 6(2): 65-70, Apr. 2011.  [PMID: 21487344]
  21. 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 253(5): 1017-1023, May 2011. [PMID: 21451392]
  22. 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.  Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(1): 19-25, Jan. 2012 (Epub July 2, 2011).  [PMID: 21725687]
  23. 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 150(3): 363-370, Sept. 2011 (Epub July 23, 2011).  [PMID: 21783216]
  24. Shah PK, Shah KK, Karakousis GC, Reinke CE, Kelz RR, Fraker DL.   Regional recur-rence after lymphadenectomy for clinically evident lymph node metastases from papillary thyroid cancer: A cohort study.  Annals of Surgical Oncology 19(5): 1453-1459, May 2012 (Epub Sept. 13, 2011).  [PMID: 21913023]
  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 65(4): 229-238, Nov. 2011. [DOI:10.1198/tas.2011.11072]
  26. 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 150(6): 1275-1285, Dec. 2011.  [PMID: 22136851]
  27. Massey PR, Sakran JV, Mills AM, Sarani B, Aufhauser DD, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Kelz RR, Holena DN.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in necrotizing soft tissue infections.  Journal of Surgical Research 177(1): 146-151, Sept. 2012 (Epub Mar. 28, 2012).  [PMID: 22487383]
  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.  Journal of Surgical Research 177(1): e1-e6, Sept. 2012 (Epub Apr. 12, 2012).  [PMID: 22524978]
  29. Yang R, Reinke CE, Mittal M, Kean C, Diaz E, Fishman N, Morris JB, Kelz RR.  The surgery clerkship: An opportunity for preclinical credentialing in urinary catheterization. American Journal of Surgery 204(4): 535-539, Oct. 2012 (Epub May 15, 2012).  [PMID: 22591699]
  30. 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.  Annals of Surgery 256(1): 79-86, July 2012.  [PMCID: PMC3623296]
  31. 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.  Journal of Surgical Education 69(4): 536-543, July 2012.  [PMID: 22677594]
  32. 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 94(1): 70-76, July 15, 2012.  [PMID: 22706321]
  33. 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): 186-192, Aug. 2012.  [PMID: 22828139]
  34. 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 152(3): 355-362, Sept. 2012.  [PMCID: PMC3637915]
  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 20(2): 399-406, Feb. 2013 (Epub Oct. 3, 2012).  [PMID: 23054106]
  36. 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(5): 613-620, May 2013 (Epub Oct. 18, 2012).  [PMID: 23078007]
  37. 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 69(6): 813-818, Nov. 2012.  [PMID: 23111052]
  38. 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 69(6): 687-692, Nov. 2012.  [PMID: 23111031]
  39. Yang RL, Kelz RR, Doyle A.  Tertiary hyperparathyroidism: Choosing an appropriate treat-ment: An enigma.  Transplantation 94(1):70-76, July 15, 2012.  [author reply PMID: 23222739]
  40. Sellers MM, Merkow RP, Halverson A, Hinami K, Kelz RR, Bentrem DJ, Bilimoria KY.  Validation of new readmission data in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons 216(3): 420-427, Mar. 2013 (Epub Jan. 17, 2013).  [PMID: 23332220]
  41. 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 119(13): 2462-2468, July 1, 2013 (Epub Apr. 12, 2013).  [PMID: 23585144]
  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 under-graduate surgical education and assessment.   Journal of Surgical Education 70(3): 394-401, May/June 2013.  [PMID: 23618451]
  43. Showalter SL, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN.  Effect of technique on postoperative perineal wound infections in abdominoperineal resection. American Journal of Surgery 206(1): 80-85, July 2013 (Epub Apr. 20, 2013).  [PMID: 23611838 ]
  44. 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.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons 216(6): 1207-1213.e1, June 2013 (Epub Apr. 24, 2013).  [PMID: 23623221]
  45. 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.  Journal of Surgical Research 184(1): 221-227, Sept. 2013 (Epub Apr. 25, 2013).  [PMID: 23643298]
  46. Reinke CE, Showalter SL, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR.  Comparison of anastomotic leak rate after colorectal surgery in different databases.  Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 56(5): 638-644, May 2013.  [PMID: 23575404]
  47. Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Low DW, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC.  Sartorius transposition during inguinal lymphadenectomy for melanoma.  Journal of Surgical Research 184(1): 209-215, Sept. 2013 (Epub May 8, 2013).  [PMID: 23688786]
  48. 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 184(1): 54-60, Sept. 2013 (Epub June 10, 2013).  [PMID: 23773717]
  49. Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Ross RN, Even-Shoshan O, Kelz RR, Neuman MD, Reinke CE, Ludwig JM, Kyle FA, Bratzler DW, Fleisher LA.  Racial disparities in operative procedure time: the influence of obesity.  Anesthesiology 119(1): 43-51, July 2013.  [PMID: 23719571]
  50. 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 258(2): 359-363, Aug. 2013. [PMID: 23676533]
  51. 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 154(2): 335-344, Aug. 2013.  [PMID: 23889960]
  52. Salasky V, Yang RL, Datta J, Graves HL, Cintolo JA, Meise C, Karakousis GC, Czerniecki BJ, Kelz RR.  Racial disparities in the use of outpatient mastectomy.  Journal of Surgical Research 186 (1): 16-22 January 2014. [Aug. 20, 2013 (Epub ahead of print)].  [PMID:24054549]
  53. 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 21 (5): 1494-1500, May 2014 [Aug. 29, 2013 (Epub ahead of print)].  [PMID: 23990289]
  54. Arthur K, Kelz RR, Mills AM, Reinke CE, Robertson MP, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Reilly PM, Holena DN.  Interhospital transfer: An independent risk factor for mortality in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for the American surgeon.  American Journal of Surgery 79(9): 909-913, Sept. 2013.  [PMID: 24069990]
  55. 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 & Patient Safety 39(9): 387-395, Sept. 2013.  [PMID: 24147350]
  56. 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 217(5): 827-832, Nov. 2013 (Epub Sept. 13, 2013).  [PMID: 24041556]
  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 Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 643-649. February 2014   [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 217 (6): 1126-1132 December 2013.
  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 49 (5):1446-1474 [Mar 2014, Available online].
  63. Hoffman RL, Hudak-Rosander C, Datta J, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Goal Orientation in Surgical Residents: A Study of the Motivation Behind Learning. J Surg Res 190 (2): 451-456. August 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. 109 (6):606-611. May 2014. 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 71 (4): 613-631 August 2014 (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 188 (2): 537-544 May 2014 (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 190 (2): 579-586 August 2014(Accepted for publication, Feb 2014)
  68. Bartlett EK, Hoffman RL, Mahmoud N, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. Discharge Occurrences Following Colorectal Surgery Happen Early and Are Associated with Dramatically Increased Rates of Readmission. Dis Col Rec 57 (11): 1309-1316. November 2014 (Accepted, Feb 2014)
  69. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Reoperative Parathyroidectomy:  Who is at Risk and What is the Risk? Journal of Surgical Research (Accepted, April 2014)
  70. Sonnenberg EM, Reinke CE, Bartlett EK, Collier KT, Karakousis GC, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Wind, Water Wound, Walk – Does the Data Deliver the Dictum? Journal of Surgical Education (Online, August 2014)
  71. Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Kelz RR, Drebin JA, Fraker D, Karakousis G.  Morbidity and Mortality After Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Malignancy. Surgery 156 (2): 298-304 August 2014
  72. Bartlett EK, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Vollmer C, Drebin JA, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Roses RE.  Surgical Palliation for Pancreatic Malignancy: Practice Patterns and Predictors of Morbidity and Mortality.  J GI Surg July 2014, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 1292-1298
  73. Griffin AC, Kelz RR, LiVolsi VA. Aldosterone Secreting Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma.  A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Endo Path (Accepted, March 2104)
  74. Bartlett, EK, Roses, R, Kelz, RR, Karakousis G.  Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy at the Time of Surgery is Not Associated with Increased 30-Day Morbidity and Mortality Following Colorectal Resection Ann Surg Onc online, August 2014 (Accepted for publication, May 2014)
  75. Datta J, McMillan MT, Shang EK, Mamtani R, Lewis RS Jr, Kelz RR, Teitelbaum U, Plastaras JL, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Omission of Adjuvant Therapy Following Gastric Cancer Resection: Development of a Validated Risk Model. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2015; 13(5): 531–541.
  76. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Kelz RR.  Parathyroidectomy in dialysis patients.  J Surg Res (Accepted for publication, May 2014)
  77. Lee KP, Kelz RR, Dube B, Morris, JB. Attitude and Perceptions of the Other Underrepresented Minority in Surgery. J Surg Edu 71 (6):e47-e52. November-December 2014 (Accepted for publication, May 2014)
  78. Wachtel H, Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR, Fraker DL. Primary Hyperparathyroidism with Negative Imaging: A Significant Clinical Problem. Ann Surg 260 (3): 474-482. September 2014
  79. Wachtel H, Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR, Fraker DL. Long-term Blood Pressure Control in Patients Undergoing Adrenalectomy for Primary Hyperaldosteronism. Surg 156 (6): 1394-1403 December 2014 [(Accepted for publication, May 2014)]
  80. Ecker B, Bartlett EK, Hoffman RL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Morris JB, Kelz RR.  Hernia Repair in Patients with Nonmalignant Ascites.  Journal of Surgical Research 190 (2): 471-477 August 2014 (Accepted, May 2014)
  81. Datta J, Kelz RR, Morris J, Williams N. Preliminary Residency in General Surgery: Comparative Outcomes of International and United States' Medical Graduates. Am SUrg (Accepted for publication, May 2014)
  82. Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Ross RN, Ludwig JM, Wang W, Niknam BA, Saynisch PA, Even-Shoshan O, Kelz RR, Fleisher LA.  A Hospital-Specific Template for Benchmarking its Cost and Quality. Health Services Research 49 (5): 1475–1497, October 2014
  83. Wachtel H, Gupta M, Bartlett EK, Jackson BM, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker D, Roses R. Outcomes after resection of leiomyosarcomas of the inferior vena cava: A pooled data analysis of 377 cases. Surgical Oncology, online November 2014
  84. Wachtel H, Cerullo I, Bartlett EK, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL.What can we learn form intraoperative parathyroid hormone levels that do not drop appropriately? Ann Surg Onc, Online Oct 2014.
  85. Bartlett EK, Simmons K, Wachtel H, Roses R, Fraker, D, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC. The rise in metastasectomy across types over the past decade. Cancer. Online, November 2014.
  86. Wachtel H, Cerullo I, Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Cohen D, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker D. Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Incidentally Identified Pheochromocytoma. Ann Surg Onc July 2014
  87. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Holena DN, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. A Risk-Prediction Model for Mortality in the Moribund General Surgical Patient. J Crit Care Dec 2, 2014.
  88. Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Medbery RL, Sakran JV, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Outcomes Registries: An Untapped Resource for Use in Surgical Education. J Surg Ed Online, October 2014.
  89. Pimentel SD, Kelz, RR, Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR. Large, Sparse Optimal matching with refined Covariate Balance in an Observational Study of the Health Outcomes Produced by New Surgeons. JASA, December 2014. Online.
  90. Ecker BL, Kuo LE, Simmons K, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Laparoscopic versus Open Ventral Hernia Repair: Longitudinal Outcomes and Cost Analysis Using State-wide Claims Data. Surg Endo, accepted Jan 2015
  91. Hoffman RL, Medbery RL, Vandermeer T, Kelz RR. The Educational Toolbox: Kick Start Your Educational Program in Quality Improvement. 2015 JSE Nov/Dec 72 (6), Accepted Jan 2015.
  92. Datta J, Lee K, Yang RL, Fitzpatrick E, Feldman M, Zhang P, Kelz RR, Czerniecki BJ. Progressive Loss of Anti-HER2 CD4+ T-helper Type 1 Response in Breast Tumorigenesis and the Potential for Immune Restoration. OncoImmuno, Accepted February 2015.
  93. Steele SR, Arshad S, Bush R, Dasani S, Cologne K, Bleier JIS, Raphaeli T, Kelz RR. Social Media Is a Necessary Component of Surgical Practice. Surgery, Accepted May 2015
  94. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Williams, NN, Kelz RR. Variation in the Use of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery. (2015). Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, accepted.
  95. Ecker BL, Paulson CE, Kelz RR, Mahmoud N. Lymph Node Identification Following Neoadjuvant Therapy in Rectal Cancer: A Stage-Stratified Analysis using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare Database. (Journal of Surgical Oncology, accepted.)
  96. Simmons KD, Kuo L, Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Is a colectomy always just a colectomy? Additional procedures as a proxy for operative complexity. (JACS, accepted)
  97. Peters, MG, Bartlett EK, Roses RE, Kelz RR, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC. Age Related Morbidity and Mortality with Cytoreductive Surgery and Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. (Ann Surg Onc, accepted.)
  98. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Incidental and Intentional Medicine Achieve Similar Results as Primary Hyperaldosteronism. (Ann Surg Onc, accepted)
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
  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, Feb. 2012.
  11. Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Hadler RA, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kelz RR.  Diagnosis 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, Feb. 2012.
  12. Reinke CE, Nelson C, Holena DN, Kann B, Williams N, Bleier J, Kelz RR.  A novel floor management simulation course for medical students:  Providing experience and feedback in a safe environment.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, NV,  Feb. 2012.
  13. Holena DN, Sakran JV, Reinke CE, Grabo DJ, Mills AM, Sarani B, Sims CA, Pascual JL, Kelz RR.  Emergency general surgery: Does an individual surgeon’s volume of cases matter?  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2012.
  14. Holena DN, Reinke CE, Carr BG, Mills AM, Kelz RR.  Risk factors for interhospital transfer after emergency abdominal surgery.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 2012
  15. 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, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2012.
  16. 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, Orlando, FL, Mar. 2012.
  17. Yang, R, Lin C, Newman A, Reinke CE, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Wu L, Kelz RR.  State and federal health policy and its effects on racial disparities in breast cancer reconstruction.Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium, Orlando, FL, Mar. 2012.
  18. Yang R, Reinke CE, Newman A, Lin C, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Wu L, Kelz RR.  Patient-centered care: Do all teaching hospitals provide greater access to immediate breast reconstruc-tion?Poster presentation, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ, May 2012.
  19. 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, Seattle, WA, May 2012.
  20. Reinke CE, Showalter S, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR.  Anastomotic leak and databases: Improving quality by identifying factors that improve predictive value.  Poster presentation,  American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, June 2012.
  21. Yang R, Reinke CE, Graves HL, Karakousis G, Czerniecki B, Kelz RR.  Factors associated with undergoing mastectomy at a teaching institution within the state of Pennsylvania.Poster presentation, European Society of Surgical Oncology, Barcelona, Spain, June 2012.
  22. Anderson J, Kelz RR, Fishman, NO.  A quality improvement approach to improving sepsis mortality.Rapid Fire Oral Presentation, UHC Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, Sept. 2012.
  23. Reinke CE, Bansal N, Meise C, Karakousis G, Fraker D, Kelz RR.  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, Feb. 2013.
  24. Reinke CE, Bansal N, Meise C, Karakousis G, Fraker D, Kelz RR.Regional variation in total cost of a homogenous surgical procedure.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb.2013.
  25. Bansal N, Sonnenberg E, Meise CK, Reinke CE, Karakousis GC, Bartlett EK, Mahmoud NN, Roses RE, Kelz RR.  The effect of colorectal cancer (CRC) control programs on access to care for colorectal surgery patients.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  26. Yang RL, Datta J, Graves HL, Cintolo JA, Meise C, Karakousis GC, Czerniecki BJ, Kelz RR.  Racial disparities in utilization of outpatient mastectomy: Findings from the ACS-NSQIP database.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb.  2013.
  27. Yang RL, Reinke CE, Meise C, Datta J, Graves HL, Karakousis GC, Kelz MB, Czerniecki BJ, Kelz RR.  Predicting the safety of outpatient mastectomy: A validated prediction model using the ACS-NSQIP database.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  28. 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.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  29. Webb CM, Wachtel H, Bartlett EK, Shah PK, Shah KK, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL.  Intraoperative PTH monitoring criteria in secondary hyperparathyroidismOral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  30. Gupta M, Reinke C, Myers J, Kelz R, Pascual J.  Extending the principles of procedural certification to patient safety: A satisfying surgical handoff curriculum.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  31. Gupta M, Cutilli C, Reinke C, Kean C, Fishman N, Fuchs B, Sullivan P, Kelz RR. Preventable mortality: Does the perspective matter when determining preventability? Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013. (AWARD RECIPIENT)
  32. Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC. The role of sartorius flaps in patients undergoing inguinal lymph node dissection for melanoma. Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  33. Bartlett EK, Shah PK, Shah KK, Zaheer S, Wachtel H, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL.  Surgery for metastatic neuroendocrine tumors with clinically occult primary.  Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  34. Wachtel H, Wismer MC, Bartlett EK, Shah PK, Shah KK, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL.  Negative imaging is not a contraindication to surgical parathyroidectomy. Oral presentation, Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 2013.
  35. Wachtel H, Wismer MC, Bartlett EK, Shah PK, Shah KK, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC,  Fraker DL.  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, Mar. 2013.
  36. Webb CM, Bartlett EK, Wachtel H, Lowenfeld LC, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL. Predictors of patient response to isolated limb perfusion for metastatic melanoma. Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium, National Harbor, MD, Mar. 2013.
  37. Yang RL, Kelz RR, Graves HL, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Zhang PJ, Czerniecki BJ. Ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive breast cancer phenotype is highly concordant in BRCS mutation carriers: Implications for prevention.  Poster presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium, National Harbor, MD, Mar. 2013.
  38. 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, Mar. 2013.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Conway RG, Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. Where Patterns of Care Begin:  Resident Experience in Breast Cancer and Melanoma Care. Oral Presentation, Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA Oct. 2014.
  56. Kuo L, Wachtel  H, Karakousis  GC, Fraker  DL, Kelz RR. Potential Targets to Improve in Disparities in Thyroid Surgery Outcomes. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  57. Hoffman RL, Simmons KD, Karakousis GC, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR. Geographic Clustering of Guideline Adherence in Colon Cancer Care Using Spatial Autocorrelation. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  58. Simmons KD, Kuo LE, Hoffman RL, Bartlett EK, Holena  DN, Kelz RR. Methodological Considerations in Outcomes Research: Timing of Surgery. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  59. Peters M, Bartlett, EK, Fraker DL, Roses R, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC. Risk Stratification of Sentinel Lymph Node Positivity in Patients with Intermediate Thickness Melanoma. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  60. Zaheer S, Kuo LE, Morrison JC, Wachtel H, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. The Association between Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Cancer. Accepted for short oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  61. Zaheer S, Kuo LE, Morrison JC, Wachtel H, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. The Underappreciated Problem of Thyroid Cancer and Hypothyroidism. Accepted for short oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  62. Hoffman, RL, Simmons KD, Roses RE, Mahmoud NN, Kelz RR. Guideline Adherence Update in Stage II and III Patients Undergoing Colon Cancer Resection. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  63. Kuo L, Simmons KD, Holena DN, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. Risk Prediction Model for Mortality in the Moribund Surgical Patient. Accepted for oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  64. Simmons KD, Hoffman RL, Kuo LE, Bartlett EK, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Is a Colectomy Always Just a Colectomy? Examining the Effect of Concurrent Procedures on Outcomes. Accepted for short oral presentation, 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Feb. 2015.
  65. Zaheer S, Kuo LE, Bartlett EK, Karakousis GC, Wachtel H, Fraker, Kelz RR, Roses RR. Role of Octreotide Scan in Localization of Intra-abdominal Neuroendocrine Tumors. Oral presentation, Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium, Houston, TX, Mar. 2015.
  66. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Murayama K, Kelz RR. Regional Variation in the Performance of Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures. Poster presentation, SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. April 2015.
  67. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Williams N, Kelz RR. Bariatric Centers of Excellence: The Effect of Centralization on Access to Care. Oral presentation, SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. April 2015.
  68. Ecker BL, Simmons, KD, Kuo LE, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Laparoscopic versus Open Ventral Hernia Repair: One-year Outcomes and Cost Analysis Using State-wide Claims Data. Podium presentation, SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. April 2015.
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, Kelz R.  How do I diagnose and manage acute gastrointestinal bleeding?  Sect. 8, Chap. 69 in Deutschman C, Neligan PJ (eds.): Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care.  Philadelphia: WB Saunders/Elsevier, 2010, 479-484.
  7. Reinke CE, Kelz RR. Infection control in surgical practice. Chap. 9 in Ashley SW, Barie PS, Cance WG, Jurkovich GJ, Kaiser LR, Pearce WH, Pemberton JH, Soper NJ (eds.): American College of Surgeons Surgery: Principles and Practices, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2013 (in press).
  8. 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: Saunders/Elsevier, 2014 (in press).
  9. Yang RL, Kelz RR, Czerniecki BJ.  Immediate reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy: One option for young breast cancer patients with early stage disease.  Journal of Thoracic Disease 5(3):200-202, June 2013. 
  10. Gupta M, Paulson, EC, Kelz RR.  Statistics.  Chap. XX in Kaiser LR (ed.): Surgery Review, Third Edition.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015, 458-479.
  11. Fraker DL and Kelz RR. Hyperparathyroidism:  What preoperative imaging is necessary? Chpt. XX in Cameron J (ed.): Advances in Surgery. Elsevier. 2015
  12. Kelz RR, Sachdeva A, Ellner S. Training. Chapter 13 in Hoyt D and Ko C (eds.): ACS Quality and Safety Manual. Anticipated 2015.
  13. Kuo LE and Kelz RR. Management of thyroid nodular disease:  Current cytopathology classifications and genetic testing . Endocrine Tumors. Surgical Clinics of North America. 2015
Books
  1. Practical QI: The Basics of Quality Improvement. Eds. Rachel R. Kelz and Clifford Y. Ko.
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
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
 
October 2014 “Measuring Resident Contribution to Hospital Quality” Didactic Course, Invited Speaker, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA
 
October 2014 “Ensuring Continuity of Care in the Era of the 80-hour Work Week” Town Hall Meeting, Invited Speaker, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA
 
December 2014 “Quality Improvement Education and Outcomes” RUTGERS University, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Newark, NJ
 
April 2015 “Quality and Surgical Education” Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
 
April 2015 Panelist, Quality Improvement Panel, Association of Program Directors in Surgery Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
 
April 2015 “Quality Improvement and Graduate Surgical Education” Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Connecticut, Hospital of St Francis, Hartford, CT
 
May 2015 Invited Participant, NIH ACS Co-Sponsored Symposium on Surgical Disparities Research, Bethesda, MD
 
May 2015 “The Importance of Quality in Surgical Education ” 45th Isaac M. Webber, MD Lecture, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
 
May 2015 “Surgery for Medullary Thyroid Cancer ”, Advanced Thyroid Cancer Master Class Philadelphia, PA
 
July 2015 “Engaging Residents in Quality Improvement (QITI): Training the Trainer” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 11th Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
 
July 2015 “Residents as Leaders in Quality Improvement Series: Team Building” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 11th Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
 
July 2015 “Ask the Expert Luncheon -- "Resident Development" Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 11th Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
 
July 2015 “Quality In-Training Initiative: Implementation” Invited lecture, ACS NSQIP 11th Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
 
October 2015  “Engaging Surgical Residents in Genuine Quality Improvement” Panel Session, Invited Speaker, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Washington, DC
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2014 Mentorship Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System
 
2014 Physician Recipient, Healthcare Hero, University of Pennsylvania Health System

                         

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

Dr. Rachel Kelz

 
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