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Lindsay E. Y. Kuo, MD, MBA
General Surgery Resident

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

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

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Dr. Kuo is a chief general surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kuo completed two years of research as a Fellow in the Center for Surgery and Health Economics, under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Kelz. Dr. Kuo received a grant from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons to pursue research into variations in the use of minimally invasive surgery. Her research interests also lie in the management of endocrine surgical diseases, delays in diagnosis, large-scale variations in care, guideline adherence, and costs of surgical procedures.

In 2015, Dr. Kuo received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business where she majored in health care management.

From 2013-2015, Dr. Kuo served as REC chair for the residency program. In 2015, Dr. Kuo received a prestigious Leadership Scholarship from the Residents and Associates Section of the American College of Surgeons. She was also awarded the 2015 Gordon P. Buzby Surgical Leadership award by the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Kuo plans to pursue a career in academic endocrine surgery and hospital administration. Following the completion of residency, she will begin an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

2016 - present Instructor in Surgery
2012 - present Postdoctoral Researcher
2010 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2013 – 2015 MBA – Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 - 2010 MD – Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
2002 - 2006 BS in Biology, Literature
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
2016 - present American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
2014 - present Association of Program Directors in Surgery
2014 - present American College of Surgeons
2012 - present Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
2012 – present Association for Academic Surgeons
2012 – present Association for Surgical Education
2010 - present Pennsylvania Medical Society
2013 – present Fellow, Center for Surgery and Health Economics
Department of Surgery, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Preceptor: Rachel R. Kelz, MD
Multiple ongoing projects including investigation into variations in utilization of minimally invasive surgical techniques, delay in diagnosis and access to care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes.
01/2007 - 6/2010 Obstetrics and Gynecology Research
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chicago, IL
Preceptor: Alan Peaceman, M.D., Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Medical Student Summer Research Program: Research assistant on project investigating the morbidity and mortality of vaginal vs. cesarean delivery of twin gestations, presenting either cephalic or breech.
Research Thesis Program: Primary investigator on project assessing the utility of discordance as a measurement of fetal growth and well-being in twin gestations, as well as comparing fetal and singleton growth curves as a means of measuring abnormal development.
05/2003 - 11/2004 Developmental Biology Research
The Forsyth Institute, Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, and the Department of Developmental Biology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
Preceptor: Michael Levin, Ph.D.
Research assistant investigating the origins of left-right asymmetry in complex organisms. Projects focused on a) the role of the V-ATPase ion pump in asymmetric gene expression, b) the role of the K-ATP ion channel in asymmetric gene expression, and c) the effects of ciliary rotation in determining left and right along the anterior-posterior axis in chick embryos.
  1. Collier K, Sataloff J, Wirtalla C, Kuo LE, Karakousis GC, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Understanding Readmissions Following Operations of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands. Am J Surg. Under review.
  2. Kuo LE, Kaufman E, Hoffman RL, Pascual JL, Martin ND, Kelz RR, Holena DN. Failure-to-Rescue After Injury is Associated with Preventability: The Results of Mortality Panel Review of Failure-to-Rescue Cases in Trauma. Surgery. In press.
  3. Zaheer S, Pimentel SD, Simmons KD, Kuo LE, Datta J, Williams N, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Comparing International and United States Undergraduate Medical Education and Surgical Outcomes Using a Refined Balance Matching Methodology. Ann Surg. 2016 Jul 5. Epub ahead of print. PMID 27429031.
  4. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Wachtel H, Zaheer S, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Racial Disparities in Initial Presentation of Benign Thyroid Disease for Resection. Ann Surg Onc. 2016 Aug;23(8)2571-6. PMID 27026437.
  5. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Murayama K, Kelz RR. Variation in the Utilization of Minimally Invasive Surgical Operations. Ann Surg. 2016 Mar 11. Epub ahead of print. 
  6. Kuo LE, Hoffman, RL, Morris JB, Williams NN, Malachesky MM, Huth LE, Kelz RR. A Milestones-based Evaluation System – The Cure for Grade Inflation? J Surg Ed. 2015 Nov-Dec;72(6)e:218-25. PMID 26610358.
  7. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Kelz RR. Bariatric Centers of Excellence: The Effect of Centralization on Access to Care. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Nov;22(5)914-22. PMID 26304183.
  8. Simmons KD, Hoffman RL, Kuo LE, Bartlett EK, Holena DN, Kelz RR. Is a colectomy always just a colectomy? Additional procedures as a proxy for operative complexity. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Oct;221(4):862-870. PMID 26228014.
  9. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Incidental and Intentional Medicine Achieve Similar Results in Primary Hyperaldosteronism. Ann Surg Onc. 2015 Dec;22 Suppl 3:734-41. PMID 6193964.
  10. Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Williams NN, Kelz RR, Variation in the Use of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery. Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2016 Jan;12(1):144-9. PMID 26363717.
  11. Ecker BL, Kuo LE, 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. 2015 June 20. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26092027.
  12. Kuo LE, Simmons K, Holena DN, Karakousis GC, Kelz RR. A Risk-Prediction Model for Mortality in the Moribund General Surgical Patient. J Crit Care. 2015 Apr;30(2):310-4. PMID: 25499416.
  13. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Reoperative Parathyroidectomy: Who is at risk and what is the risk? J Surg Res. 2014 Oct;191(2):256-61. PMID: 25012272.
  14. Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Kelz RR. Parathyroidectomy in Dialysis Patients. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug;190(2):554-8. PMID: 24950795.
  15. Peaceman A, Kuo L, Feinglass J. Infant morbidity and mortality associated with vaginal delivery in twin gestations. Am J Ob Gyn. 2009 April;200(4):462-8. PMID: 19318158.
  16. Adams DS, Robinson KR, Fukumoto T, Yuan S, Albertson RC, Yelick P, Kuo L, McSweeney M, Levin M. Early, H+-VTPase-dependent proton flux is necessary for consistent left-right patterning of non-mammalian vertebrates. Development. 2006 May;133(9):1657-71. PMID: 16554361.
2015 Gordon P. Buzby Surgical Leadership Award, Department of Surgery
The University of Pennsylvania
2015 Leadership Scholarship, Residents and Associates Section
The American College of Surgeons
2013 Herman O. West Fellowship, The Wharton School of Business
The University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lindsey Kuo

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