Keck School Faculty

Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD
Demetrios Demetriades, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery;Division Chief, Trauma and Critical Care
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 640 peer-reviewed publications in referenced journals, two trauma atlas books, 6 books, and more than 140 book chapters. List of publications at He has delivered more than 400 invited lectures in the United States and 40 other countries. In 2011, he was honored by the American College of Surgeons and delivered the Scudder Oration. In 2013, he was honored by the American Heart Association with their Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science. In 2014, he was honored with the Distinguished Service award by the FDA. In 2015, he was named to the “1000 Top Scientists” by the Republic of China. In 2016-2017, he served as the Vice President and a member of the Executive Board of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He is an Honorary member of numerous national societies in many countries and sits on the editorial boards of numerous 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

Current Burden of Gunshot Wound Injuries at Two Los Angeles County Level I Trauma Centers J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Mar 13. . 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

Complicated appendicitis: Immediate operation or trial of nonoperative management? Am J Surg. 2019 Jan 03.. 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

Detection of traumatic pancreatic duct disruption in the modern era Am J Surg. 2018 Aug; 216(2):299-303. . View in PubMed

Detection of traumatic pancreatic duct disruption in the modern era Am J Surg. 2018 Jun 12. . 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

Creatinine Kinase and Stimulant Abuse in Trauma Am Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 84(1):13-16. . 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

Decreased mortality in patients with isolated severe blunt traumatic brain injury receiving higher plasma to packed red blood cells transfusion ratios Injury. 2018 Jan; 49(1):62-66. . 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

Defining the gastroesophageal junction in trauma: Epidemiology and management of a challenging injury J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Nov; 83(5):798-802. . View in PubMed

Delta Shock Index in the Emergency Department Predicts Mortality and Need for Blood Transfusion in Trauma Patients Am Surg. 2017 Oct 01; 83(10):1059-1062. . 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

Defining the gastroesophageal junction in trauma: Epidemiology and management of a challenging injury J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 11; 83(5):798-802. . 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

Discontinuity of the Bowel Following Damage Control Operation Revisited: A Multi-institutional Study World J Surg. 2017 01; 41(1):146-151. . View in PubMed

Diabetes Mellitus in Patients Presenting with Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction: Delaying Surgical Intervention Results in Worse Outcomes World J Surg. 2016 Apr; 40(4):863-9. . 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

Deep organ space infection after emergency bowel resection and anastomosis: The anatomic site does not matter J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Nov; 79(5):805-11. . 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

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

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

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

Decompressive craniectomy or medical management for refractory intracranial hypertension: an AAST-MIT propensity score analysis J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr; 76(4):944-52; discussion 952-5. . 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

Development of posttraumatic empyema in patients with retained hemothorax: results of a prospective, observational AAST study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Sep; 73(3):752-7. . 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

Coagulopathy after isolated severe traumatic brain injury in children J Trauma. 2011 Nov; 71(5):1205-10. . 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

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

Commentary on "blunt aortic injury" Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2011 Mar; 23(1):56-7. . View in PubMed

Crystalloids after primary colon resection and anastomosis at initial trauma laparotomy: excessive volumes are associated with anastomotic leakage J Trauma. 2011 Mar; 70(3):603-10. . View in PubMed

Current practice and the role of the CT in the management of penetrating liver injuries at a Level I trauma center J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2011 Jan; 4(1):53-7. . 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

Decompressive craniectomy: surgical control of traumatic intracranial hypertension may improve outcome Injury. 2010 Sep; 41(9):894-8. . 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

Concomitant rib fractures and minor liver or spleen injuries in blunt trauma: what is the potential for missed diaphragmatic injuries? Am Surg. 2010 Apr; 76(4):380-4.. View in PubMed

Complications following renal trauma Arch Surg. 2010 Apr; 145(4):377-81; discussion 381-2. . View in PubMed

Complications and death at the start of the new academic year: is there a July phenomenon? J Trauma. 2010 Jan; 68(1):19-22.. View in PubMed

Conversion of emergent cricothyrotomy to tracheotomy in trauma patients Arch Surg. 2010 Jan; 145(1):87-91. . 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

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

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 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

Cocaine use in trauma: effect on injuries and outcomes J Trauma. 2009 Feb; 66(2):491-4. . View in PubMed

Coagulopathy in severe traumatic brain injury: a prospective study J Trauma. 2009 Jan; 66(1):55-61; discussion 61-2. . 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

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

Combined CT venography and CT pulmonary angiography for the detection of deep venous thrombosis in injured patients Am Surg. 2008 Oct; 74(10):935-8. . View in PubMed

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

Diagnosis and treatment of blunt thoracic aortic injuries: changing perspectives J Trauma. 2008 Jun; 64(6):1415-8; discussion 1418-9. . View in PubMed

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

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

Computed tomographic brain density measurement as a predictor of elevated intracranial pressure in blunt head trauma Am Surg. 2007 Oct; 73(10):1023-6. . 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

Complications of brain death: frequency and impact on organ retrieval Am Surg. 2006 May; 72(5):377-81. . View in PubMed

Continuous noninvasive monitoring of cardiac performance and tissue perfusion in pediatric trauma patients J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Dec; 40(12):1957-63. . 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

Diagnosis of acid-base derangements and mortality prediction in the trauma intensive care unit: the physiochemical approach J Trauma. 2005 Feb; 58(2):238-43. . 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

Colon injuries: new perspectives Injury. 2004 Mar; 35(3):217-22. . 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

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