Keck School Faculty

Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD
Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery;Division Chief, Trauma and Critical Care
Surgery
2051 Marengo St. Off Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Demetriades is a tenured Professor of Surgery, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Chief of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.

He has published more than 670 peer-reviewed publications in referenced journals, three trauma atlas books, 6 books, and more than 140 book chapters. The “Atlas of Surgical Techniques in Trauma”, received the 2016 first prize by the British Medical Association and has been translated in Italian, Albanian, Chinese and Japanese. The “Red Book of Trauma” has been translated into Greek, Turkish, and Chinese. The “Blue Book of Critical Care” has been translated in Chinese.

Dr Demetriades received 24 teaching awards, including the title of "Master Teacher" by the USC School of Medicine. In 2018 he was elected in the “Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons”. He has delivered more than 400 invited lectures in the United States and 40 other countries.

Dr Demetriades received numerous national and international awards and recognitions, including: Honorary Doctorate, University of Athens. Honorary Doctorate, the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The Scudder Oration, the American College of Surgeons. The Lifetime Achievement Award, American Heart Association. Official Councilor, Korean Society of Traumatology. The FDA Distinguished Service award. Honorary Member of the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. “1000 Top International Scientists” by the Republic of China. Outstanding Service Award, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The International Gimbernat Prize for contribution in to Surgery, Societat Catalana de Cirurgia, Spain. Distinguished professor and British Journal of Surgery keynote lecturer, the Swiss Society of Surgery, Bern Switzerland. Vice Chairman International Trauma Rescue and Treatment Association, China. The “Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill” lecturer, by the United States Armed Forces and the American College of Surgeons. Member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons. Foundation Professor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Distinguished Professor Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Distinguished Lecturer of the Swiss Society of Visceral Surgeons. The Theodore Kocher” Distinguished Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland. Member of the Greek Academy of Sciences and Medicine. Commendations by the LA Board of Supervisors for contributions to trauma care in the County of Los Angeles. Numerous commendations by the US Navy for his contribution in the US Navy Trauma Training program. Honorary member of numerous national societies in many countries. Editorial boards of many journals

Republic of China: "1000 Top Scientists” , Republic of China., 2015

Republic of China: "1000 Top Scientists," Republic of China., 2015

FDA: Distinguished Service Award, 2014

American Heart Association: Lifetime Achievement Award , 2013

University of Thessaloniki: Honorary Doctorate, 2012

American College of Surgeons: Scudder Oration in Trauma, 2011

University of Athens: Honorary Doctorate, 1999

Challenge in Acute Care Surgery Stab wound to the neck with neurological deficits J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Apr 25. . View in PubMed

Cannabis Use Is Associated with Increased Mechanical Ventilation and Polysubstance Use in Trauma Patients Am Surg. 2019 Feb 01; 85(2):226-229. . View in PubMed

Civilian and Military Trauma: Training to Successfully Intervene and Save Lives J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Dec; 227(6):555-563. . View in PubMed

Civilian and Military Trauma: Training to Successfully Intervene and Save Lives J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Sep 25. . View in PubMed

An AAST-MITC analysis of pancreatic trauma: Staple or sew? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Sep; 85(3):435-443.. View in PubMed

AN AAST-MITC ANALYSIS OF PANCREATIC TRAUMA: STAPLE OR SEW? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 May 21.. View in PubMed

Air Versus Ground Transportation in Isolated Severe Head Trauma: A National Trauma Data Bank Study J Emerg Med. 2018 Mar; 54(3):328-334. . View in PubMed

Air Versus Ground Transportation in Isolated Severe Head Trauma: A National Trauma Data Bank Study J Emerg Med. 2018 03; 54(3):328-334. . View in PubMed

A Novel, Perfused-Cadaver Simulation Model for Tourniquet Training in Military Medics J Spec Oper Med. 2018 Winter; 18(4):97-102. . View in PubMed

A Novel, Perfused-Cadaver Simulation Model for Tourniquet Training in Military Medics J Spec Oper Med. 2018; 18(4):97-102. . View in PubMed

Cervical spine evaluation and clearance in the intoxicated patient: A prospective Western Trauma Association Multi-Institutional Trial and Survey J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Dec; 83(6):1032-1040. . View in PubMed

Clinical relevance of the routine daily chest X-Ray in the surgical intensive care unit Am J Surg. 2017 Jul; 214(1):19-23. . View in PubMed

Cervical spine evaluation and clearance in the intoxicated patient: A prospective Western Trauma Association Multi-Institutional Trial and Survey J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 12; 83(6):1032-1040. . View in PubMed

Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines for Intracranial Pressure Monitoring: Compliance and Effect on Outcome World J Surg. 2017 06; 41(6):1543-1549. . View in PubMed

Cervical spinal clearance: A prospective Western Trauma Association Multi-institutional Trial J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 12; 81(6):1122-1130. . View in PubMed

A high-volume trauma intensive care unit can be successfully staffed by advanced practitioners at night J Crit Care. 2016 06; 33:4-7. . View in PubMed

Cadaveric comparison of the optimal site for needle decompression of tension pneumothorax by prehospital care providers J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Dec; 79(6):1044-8. . View in PubMed

Candida Score as a Predictor of Worse Outcomes and Mortality in Severely Injured Trauma Patients with Positive Candida Cultures Am Surg. 2015 Oct; 81(10):1067-73. . View in PubMed

Angiointervention: an independent predictor of survival in high-grade blunt liver injuries Am J Surg. 2015 Apr; 209(4):742-6. . View in PubMed

Acute appendicitis: proposal of a new comprehensive grading system based on clinical, imaging and laparoscopic findings World J Emerg Surg. 2015; 10:60. . View in PubMed

Central venous catheterization using a perfused human cadaveric model: application to surgical education J Surg Educ. 2015 Jan-Feb; 72(1):28-32. . View in PubMed

Clinical relevance of magnetic resonance imaging in cervical spine clearance: a prospective study JAMA Surg. 2014 Sep; 149(9):934-9. . View in PubMed

A Novel Drug for Treatment of Necrotizing Soft-Tissue Infections: A Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA Surg. 2014 Jun; 149(6):528-36. . View in PubMed

Cardiac trauma during teenage years Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Feb; 61(1):111-30. . View in PubMed

A prospective multicenter comparison of levetiracetam versus phenytoin for early posttraumatic seizure prophylaxis J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Mar; 74(3):766-71; discussion 771-3. . View in PubMed

Appendicitis: changing perspectives Adv Surg. 2013; 47:119-40. . View in PubMed

Closed-suction drain placement at laparotomy in isolated solid organ injury is not associated with decreased risk of deep surgical site infection Am Surg. 2012 Oct; 78(10):1187-91. . View in PubMed

Appendectomy timing: waiting until the next morning increases the risk of surgical site infections Ann Surg. 2012 Sep; 256(3):538-43. . View in PubMed

Biochemical profile and outcomes in trauma patients subjected to open cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a prospective observational pilot study World J Surg. 2012 Aug; 36(8):1772-8. . View in PubMed

Blunt thoracic aortic injuries: crossing the Rubicon J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Mar; 214(3):247-59. . View in PubMed

Blunt splenic trauma: splenectomy increases early infectious complications: a prospective multicenter study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Jan; 72(1):229-34. . View in PubMed

Am Surg. 2011 Oct; 77(10):1334-6. . View in PubMed

Alcohol ingestion is independently associated with complications after work place injuries: a national trauma data bank analysis of injury severity and outcomes J Trauma. 2011 Oct; 71(4):1035-9. . View in PubMed

Clinical examination is highly sensitive for detecting clinically significant spinal injuries after gunshot wounds J Trauma. 2011 Sep; 71(3):523-7. . View in PubMed

A new survivable damage control model including hypothermia, hemodilution, and liver injury J Surg Res. 2011 Jul; 169(1):99-105. . View in PubMed

Closed suction drain after isolated hollow viscus injury: a friend or foe? J Trauma. 2011 Jun; 70(6):1424-8.. View in PubMed

Automobile versus pedestrian injuries: does gender matter? J Emerg Med. 2011 Jun; 40(6):617-22.. View in PubMed

Alcohol exposure and outcomes in trauma patients Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2011 Apr; 37(2):169-75. . View in PubMed

Clinical examination is insufficient to rule out thoracolumbar spine injuries J Trauma. 2011 Jan; 70(1):174-9. . View in PubMed

Blunt thoracic aortic injuries: an autopsy study J Trauma. 2011 Jan; 70(1):197-202. . View in PubMed

Bilateral internal iliac artery ligation as a damage control approach in massive retroperitoneal bleeding after pelvic fracture J Trauma. 2010 Dec; 69(6):1507-14. . View in PubMed

Bicyclists injured by automobiles: relationship of age to injury type and severity--a national trauma databank analysis J Trauma. 2010 Nov; 69(5):1120-5. . View in PubMed

Clinical experience using 5% hypertonic saline as a safe alternative fluid for use in trauma J Trauma. 2010 May; 68(5):1172-7. . View in PubMed

Blunt cardiac trauma: lessons learned from the medical examiner J Trauma. 2009 Dec; 67(6):1259-64. . View in PubMed

Blunt cardiac rupture: a 5-year NTDB analysis J Trauma. 2009 Oct; 67(4):788-91. . View in PubMed

ACS trauma centre designation and outcomes of post-traumatic ARDS: NTDB analysis and implications for trauma quality improvement Injury. 2009 Aug; 40(8):856-9. . View in PubMed

A 6-year review of total parenteral nutrition use and association with late-onset acute respiratory distress syndrome among ventilated trauma victims Injury. 2009 May; 40(5):511-5. . View in PubMed

Cirrhosis and trauma are a lethal combination World J Surg. 2009 May; 33(5):1087-92. . View in PubMed

An international fellowship in trauma research and the potential benefits for fellows, sponsoring institution, and the global trauma community Am Surg. 2009 Apr; 75(4):324-30. . View in PubMed

Blunt traumatic thoracic aortic injuries: early or delayed repair--results of an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma prospective study J Trauma. 2009 Apr; 66(4):967-73. . View in PubMed

Blunt assault is associated with failure of nonoperative management of the spleen independent of organ injury grade and despite lower overall injury severity J Trauma. 2009 Mar; 66(3):630-5. . View in PubMed

Blood transfusions in trauma: six-year analysis of the transfusion practices at a Level I trauma center Am Surg. 2008 Oct; 74(10):953-7. . View in PubMed

A prospective look at the current state of open abdomens Am Surg. 2008 Oct; 74(10):891-7. . View in PubMed

Acute diabetes insipidus in severe head injury: a prospective study J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Oct; 207(4):477-84. . View in PubMed

Beta-blockers in isolated blunt head injury J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Mar; 206(3):432-8. . View in PubMed

Analysis of 178 penetrating stomach and small bowel injuries World J Surg. 2008 Mar; 32(3):471-5. . View in PubMed

Brain lobectomy for severe head injuries is not a hopeless procedure J Trauma. 2007 Nov; 63(5):1010-3. . View in PubMed

Blunt gastric injuries Am Surg. 2007 Sep; 73(9):880-3. . View in PubMed

A mathematical program to predict survival and to support initial therapeutic decisions for trauma patients with long-bone and pelvic fractures Injury. 2007 Mar; 38(3):318-28. . View in PubMed

Cervical spine injury is highly dependent on the mechanism of injury following blunt and penetrating assault J Trauma. 2006 Nov; 61(5):1166-70. . View in PubMed

Angiography and the pediatric trauma patient: a 10-year review J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Nov; 41(11):1859-63. . View in PubMed

Acute respiratory distress syndrome in the trauma intensive care unit: Morbid but not mortal Arch Surg. 2006 Jul; 141(7):655-8. . View in PubMed

Blood transfusion in critically injured patients: a prospective study Injury. 2006 May; 37(5):455-65. . View in PubMed

Abdominal computed tomographic scan for patients with gunshot wounds to the abdomen selected for nonoperative management J Trauma. 2005 Nov; 59(5):1155-60; discussion 1160-1. . View in PubMed

[Technology of the future applied to the present: Life Support for Trauma and Transport (LSTAT)] Cir Esp. 2005 Sep; 78(3):198-201. . View in PubMed

A stochastic control program to predict outcome and to support therapeutic decisions: a preliminary report J Clin Monit Comput. 2005 Jun; 19(3):223-30. . View in PubMed

Aggressive organ donor management significantly increases the number of organs available for transplantation J Trauma. 2005 May; 58(5):991-4. . View in PubMed

An unusual anatomical aortic arch variation J Trauma. 2005 Mar; 58(3):654. . View in PubMed

Association of scapular fractures and blunt thoracic aortic injury: fact or fiction? Am Surg. 2005 Jan; 71(1):54-7.. View in PubMed

Alcohol and illicit drugs in traumatic deaths: prevalence and association with type and severity of injuries J Am Coll Surg. 2004 Nov; 199(5):687-92. . View in PubMed

Abdominal approach to chronic diaphragmatic hernias: is it safe? Am Surg. 2004 Oct; 70(10):897-900.. View in PubMed

Angiographic embolization for pelvic fractures in older patients Arch Surg. 2004 Jul; 139(7):728-32; discussion 732-3. . View in PubMed

Can we rely on computed tomographic scanning to diagnose pulmonary embolism in critically ill surgical patients? J Trauma. 2004 Mar; 56(3):518-25; discussion 525-6.. View in PubMed

A technique of surgical closure of complex intestinal fistulae in the open abdomen J Trauma. 2003 Nov; 55(5):999-1001. . View in PubMed

Abdominal insufflation for prevention of exsanguination J Trauma. 2003 Mar; 54(3):590-4. . View in PubMed

A prospective study on the safety and efficacy of angiographic embolization for pelvic and visceral injuries J Trauma. 2002 Aug; 53(2):303-8; discussion 308. . View in PubMed

All patients with truncal gunshot wounds deserve trauma team activation J Trauma. 2002 Feb; 52(2):276-9. . View in PubMed

Cervical pharyngoesophageal and laryngotracheal injuries World J Surg. 2001 Aug; 25(8):1044-8. . View in PubMed

Clinically significant blunt cardiac trauma: role of serum troponin levels combined with electrocardiographic findings J Trauma. 2001 Feb; 50(2):237-43. . View in PubMed

"Insignificant" mechanism of injury: not to be taken lightly J Am Coll Surg. 2001 Feb; 192(2):147-52. . View in PubMed

Aerodigestive injuries of the neck Am Surg. 2001 Jan; 67(1):75-9. . View in PubMed

Abdominal vascular injuries: the trauma surgeon's challenge Surg Today. 2001; 31(11):949-57. . View in PubMed

Angiographic embolization of bilateral internal iliac arteries to control life-threatening hemorrhage after blunt trauma to the pelvis Am Surg. 2000 Sep; 66(9):858-62. . View in PubMed

Bedside percutaneous tracheostomy: prospective evaluation of a modification of the current technique in 100 patients World J Surg. 2000 Sep; 24(9):1109-15. . View in PubMed

Angiographic embolization for intraperitoneal and retroperitoneal injuries World J Surg. 2000 May; 24(5):539-45. . View in PubMed

Approach to the management of complex hepatic injuries J Trauma. 2000 Jan; 48(1):66-9. . View in PubMed

Abdominal vascular injuriesThe trauma surgeon's challenge. Ann Chir Gynaecol. 2000; 89(1):71-8. . View in PubMed

Angiographic embolization for arrest of bleeding after penetrating trauma to the abdomen Am J Surg. 1999 Nov; 178(5):367-73. . View in PubMed

Abdominal computed tomography scan in pediatric blunt abdominal trauma Am Surg. 1999 Oct; 65(10):968-71. . View in PubMed

Abdominal computed tomography for the diagnosis of intra-abdominal sepsis in critically injured patients: fishing in murky waters Arch Surg. 1999 Aug; 134(8):831-6; discussion 836-8. . View in PubMed

Bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein (rBPI21) in patients with hemorrhage due to trauma: results of a multicenter phase II clinical trialrBPI21 Acute Hemorrhagic Trauma Study Group. J Trauma. 1999 Apr; 46(4):667-76; discussion 676-7. . View in PubMed

Balloon tamponade for bleeding control in penetrating liver injuries J Trauma. 1998 Mar; 44(3):538-9. . View in PubMed

Acute tension diaphragmatic herniation: case report J Trauma. 1997 Oct; 43(4):698-700. . View in PubMed

A selective approach to the management of gunshot wounds to the back Am J Surg. 1997 Sep; 174(3):342-6. . View in PubMed

A unified approach to the surgical exposure of pancreatic and duodenal injuries Am J Surg. 1997 Jul; 174(1):54-60. . View in PubMed

Aminoglycoside levels in critically ill surgical patients: the implications of physiologic criteria of sepsis South Med J. 1997 Jan; 90(1):33-6. . View in PubMed

Carotid injury: postrevascularization hemorrhagic infarction J Trauma. 1996 Oct; 41(4):760-2. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of Xanthomonas infections in critically ill surgical patients Am Surg. 1996 Jun; 62(6):478-80. . View in PubMed

Aortoesophageal fistulae due to gunshot wounds: report of two cases with one survivor J Trauma. 1995 Jun; 38(6):971-4. . View in PubMed

Blunt injury to the left common iliac artery Am Surg. 1995 Apr; 61(4):360-2. . View in PubMed

Cervical spine injuries in patients with head injuries Br J Surg. 1991 Aug; 78(8):1013-4. . View in PubMed

Antibiotic prophylaxis in penetrating abdominal injuries S Afr J Surg. 1989 Sep; Suppl:5. . View in PubMed

Carotid artery injuries: experience with 124 cases J Trauma. 1989 Jan; 29(1):91-4. . View in PubMed

Cardiac woundsExperience with 70 patients. Ann Surg. 1986 Mar; 203(3):315-7. . View in PubMed

Cardiac penetrating injuries: personal experience of 45 cases Br J Surg. 1984 Feb; 71(2):95-7. . View in PubMed

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