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Brett L. Ecker, M.D.
General Surgery Resident

 
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Office:
Department of Surgery
4 Maloney
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

Contact Information (internal use only)

Brett.Ecker@uphs.upenn.edu

  Dr. Ecker is a PGY-4 Categorical General Surgery Resident.  He plans to pursue an academic career in Surgical Oncology.
 
Appointments
2016 - present Postdoctoral Researcher
 
2013 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Education/Training
2009 - 2013 MD - Distinction in Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
 
2005 - 2009 BA - Philosophy
Brown University
 
 
 
 
 
 
Memberships/Societies
2016 - present Society of Surgical Oncology
 
2012 - present AOA
 
2012 - present American College of Surgeons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research

Dr. Ecker is currently a Harrison Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr Lewis Chodosh, where he is studying tumor dormancy and recurrence using genetically engineered mouse models and patient samples.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
Original Papers
  1. Ecker BL, Hoteit MA, Forde KA, Hsu CC, Reddy KR, Furth EE, Porrett PM, Abt PL, Shaked A, Olthoff KM, Levine MH. Factors Predicting Discordance Between Pretransplant Imaging Stage of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Post-transplant Pathologic Stage. (in preparation)
  2. Ecker BL, Datta J, McMillan MT, Mamtani R, Giantonio BJ, Plastaras JP, Dempsey DT, Karakousis GK, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Roses RE. Adjuvant Chemotherapy Versus Chemoradiotherapy in the Management of Surgically Resected Duodenal Adenocarcinoma: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Cancer (under review)
  3. Ecker BL, Taylor L, Zhang PJ, Furth EE, Ginsberg GG, Datta J, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE. HER3 Expression is a Marker of Tumor Progression in Premalignant Lesions of the Gastroesophageal Junction. PLOS One. (under review).
  4. Ecker BL, McMillan  MT, Datta J, Dempsey DT, Karakousis GK, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Mamtani R, Giantonio BJ, Roses RE. Lymph Node Evaluation and Survival after Curative-Intent Resection of Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma: A Matched Cohort Study. Eur J Cancer (under review).
  5. Ecker BL, Peters MG, McMillan MT, Sinnamon AJ, Zhang PJ, Kelz RR, Roses RE, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Karakousis GK. Implications of Lymph Node Evaluation in the Management of Resectable Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Ann Surg Oncol (under review).
  6. McMillan MT, Behrman SW, Callery MP, Christein, JD, Drebin JA, Ecker BL, Fraker DL, Kent TS, Lee MK, Roses RE, Sprys MH, Vollmer CM. Externalized Stents for Pancreatoduodenectomy Provide Value Only in High Risk Scenarios. Surgery (under review)
  7. McMillan MT, Malleo G, Bassi C, Sprys MH, Ecker BL, Drebin JA, Vollmer CM. Pancreatic Fistula Risk for Pancreatoduodenectomy: Perception versus Reality. Br J Surg (under review)
  8. Ecker BL, Peters MG, McMillan MT, Sinnamon AJ, Zhang PJ, Fraker DL, Levin WP, Roses RE, Karakousis GK. Preoperative Radiotherapy in the Management of Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma Br J Surg (in press)
  9. Sinnamon AJ, Neuwirth MG, McMillan MT, Ecker BL, Bartlett EK, Zhang PJ, Kelz RR, Fraker DL, Roses RE, Karakousis GC. A prognostic model for resectable soft tissue and cutaneous angiosarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2016 [Epub ahead of print]
  10. Ecker BL, Roses RE. Response to "Minimally invasive gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma in the United States: Utilization and short-term oncologic outcomes". J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun;113(7):846.
  11. Concors, SJ, Ecker BL, Maduka R, Furukawa A, Raper SE, Dempsey DT, Williams NN, Dumon KR. Complications and Surveillance after Bariatric Surgery. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2016 Jan;18(1):5.
  12. Ecker BL, Simmons KD, Zaheer S, Poe SC, Bartlett EK, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Roses RE, Karakousis GK. Blood Transfusion in Major Abdominal Surgery for Malignancy: A Trend Analysis using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. JAMA Surg. 2016 Jan 13:1-8.
  13. Ecker BL, McMillan MT, Datta J, Mamtani R, Giantonio BJ, Dempsey DT, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy for small bowel adenocarcinoma: A propensity score-matched analysis. Cancer. 2016;122(5):693-701.            
  14. Kannan U, Ecker BL, Choudhury R, Dempsey DT, Williams NN, Dumon KR. Laparoscopic hand-assisted versus robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: experience of 103 consecutive cases. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Jan;12(1):94-9.
  15. Ecker BL*, Savulionyte G*, Datta J, Dumon K, Williams NN, Kucharczuk JC, Dempsey DT. Laparoscopic Transhiatal Esophagectomy Improves Hospital Outcomes and Reduces Cost: A Single-Institution Cohort Analysis of Laparoscopic and Open Techniques. Surg Endosc. 2016;30(6):2535-42.   
  16. Ecker BL, J Datta, McMillan MT, Poe SC, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Dempsey DT, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Minimally Invasive Gastrectomy for Gastric Adenocarcinoma in the United States: Utilization and Short-Term Oncologic Outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Nov;112(6):616-21.
  17. Ecker BL, Maduka R, Ramdon A, Dempsey DT, Dumon KR, Williams NN. Resident Education in Robotic-assisted Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: Outcomes and Cost-Analysis of 411 consecutive cases. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 May 27. pii: S1550-7289(15)00154-9.      
  18. Ecker BL*, Paulson EC*, Datta J, Jeganathan AN, Aarons C, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN. Lymph Node Identification Following Neoadjuvant Therapy in Rectal Cancer: A Stage-Stratified Analysis using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare Database. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Sep;112(4):415-20.
  19. Datta J, McMillan MT, Ecker BL, Mamtani R, Plastaras JP, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Implications of Lymph Node Staging on Selection of Adjuvant Therapy for Gastric Cancer in the United States: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Ann Surg. 2016 Feb;263(2):298-305.
  20. Ecker BL, Kuo L, Simmons KD, Fischer JP, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Laparoscopic versus Open Ventral Hernia Repair: Longitudinal Outcomes and Cost Analysis Using State-wide Claims Data. Surg Endosc. 2016 Mar;30(3):906-15. 
  21. Ecker BL, Dempsey DT. Letter to the Editor in Response to "Impact of Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation on Lymph Node Status in Esophageal Cancer." Ann Surg. 2015 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print]
  22. Ecker BL, Bartlett EK, Hoffman RL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Hernia Repair in the Presence of Ascites. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug;190(2):471-7.
  23. Chu EW*, Ecker BL*, Garg M, Divino CM. The Surgical Management of Active Ulcerative Colitis Complicated by Clostridium Difficile Infection. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Feb;17(2):392-6
  24. Ecker BL, Chu EW, Garg M, Divino CM. Pancreatic Cancer: Surgical Progress and Future Management. Journal of Surgical Radiology. 2012 Oct 1;3(4), 244- 253
Abstract
  1. Glaser JD, Ecker BL, Fairman RM, Karakousis GC, Damrauer SM. Trends in Blood Transfusion in Vascular Surgery. Society of Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting, June 2016. (POSTER)
  2. Ecker BL, Taylor L, Zhang PJ, Furth EE, Ginsberg GG, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE. HER Family Receptor Expression in Esophagogastric Tumorigenesis. Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium, March 2016. (POSTER – AWARD FINALIST)
  3. Ecker BL, McMillan  MT, Kuo L, Ruffolo L, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Karakousis GK, Roses RE. Lymph Node Evaluation and Survival after Curative Resection of Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma. Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium, March 2016. (POSTER)
  4. Ecker BL, McMillan MT, Datta J, Fraker DL, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Efficacy of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma: A Propensity Score-matched Analysis. 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, February 2016
    (PODIUM - LONG ORAL)
  5. Ecker BL, Simmons KD, Poe SL, Bartlett EK, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Roses RE, Karakousis GC. Blood Transfusion in Major Abdominal Surgery for Malignancy: A Trend Analysis using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. ACS Clinical Congress, October 2015. (POSTER)
  6. Ecker BL, Paulson EC, Datta J, Jeganathan AN, Aarons C, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN. Lymph Node Identification Following Neoadjuvant Therapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer: Do Numbers Matter? ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2015. (POSTER)
  7. Ecker BL, Kuo L, Simmons KD, Fischer JP, Morris JB, Kelz RR. Laparoscopic versus Open Ventral Hernia Repair: Longitudinal Outcomes and Cost Analysis Using State-wide Claims Data. Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting, April 2015. (PODIUM)
  8. Ecker BL, Maduka R, Ramdon A, Dempsey DT, Dumon KR, Williams NN. Robotic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: Outcomes and Cost-Analysis of 411 cases. Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting, April 2015. (POSTER)
  9. Ecker BL, Savulionyte G, Datta J, Dumon K, Williams NN, Kucharczuk JC, Dempsey DT. Laparoscopic Transhiatal Esophagectomy Improves Hospital Outcomes and Reduces Cost: A Single-Institution Cohort Analysis of Laparoscopic
    and Open Techniques. Society of Surgical Oncology 68th Annual Cancer Symposium, March 2015. (POSTER)
  10. Datta J, McMillan MT, Ecker BL, Mamtani R, Plastaras JP, Fraker DL, Drebin JA, Karakousis GC, Roses RE. Improved Survival with Adjuvant Chemoradiotherapy Versus Chemotherapy Alone in Resected Gastric Cancer in the United States: A Propensity Matched Analysis. Society of Surgical Oncology 68th Annual Cancer Symposium, March 2015. (POSTER)
  11. Ecker BL, Paulson EC, Datta J, Jeganathan AN, Aarons C, Kelz RR, Mahmoud NN. Lymph Node Identification Following Neoadjuvant Therapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer: Do Numbers Matter? Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons Annual Resident Paper Competition, February 2015. (POSTER)
  12. Ecker BL, Shi E, Prigoff J, Divino CM. Ulcerative Colitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: Outcomes of Patients Undergoing General Surgical Procedures. American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL, Sept 2012 (POSTER)           
  13. Anandaraja N, Awosogba T, Ecker BL, Ganley C, Roden D, Sparrow C, Williams E, Zimmerman J, Hahn S. Survey of Practices in Pregnancy for Traditional Birth Attendant and Bicycle Ambulance Program in Rural Communities in Mozambique. Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Meeting; Quebec, Canada, Nov 2011. (POSTER)
 
Awards
2016 Penn Center for Surgical Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2016 Top Gun Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2015 Penn Center for Surgical Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2015 Top Gun Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2014 Penn Center for Surgical Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2014 Top Gun Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
 
2013 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai
 
2013 Mrs. David A. Dreiling Surgery Prize, Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai
 
2013 Distinction in Research, Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai

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