Department of Surgery faculty members, both physicians and scientists, are world-renown in their subspecialties. Faculty members are passionate in their clinical care and research practices, as well as being mentors for medical students and trainees. The department also invests significant funds to provide protected time and lab space for junior faculty to perform research.

Kenji Inaba

Kenji Inaba

Professor of Surgery (Clinical Scholar);Director, General Surgery Program;Vice Chair, Department of Surgery;Chief, Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
2051 Marengo St. Off Campus Los Angeles

Comparison of trauma resuscitation practices by critical care anesthesiologists and non-critical care anesthesiologists J Clin Anesth. 2020 Oct; 65:109890. . View in PubMed

Ballistic trauma patients have decreased early narcotic demand relative to blunt trauma patients: Blunt ballistic injury opioid use Injury. 2020 Sep 15. . View in PubMed

A Multi-Institutional Analysis of Damage Control Laparotomy in Elderly Trauma Patients: Do Geriatric Trauma Protocols Matter? Am Surg. 2020 Sep; 86(9):1135-1143.. View in PubMed

Brief report on combat trauma surgical training using a perfused cadaver model J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Aug; 89(2S Suppl 2):S175-S179. . View in PubMed

Acute Care Surgery Education in US Medical Schools: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature and Report of a Medical Student Experience J Surg Educ. 2020 Mar - Apr; 77(2):316-322. . View in PubMed

Adjunctive use of hepatic angioembolization following hemorrhage control laparotomy J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 05; 88(5):636-643. . View in PubMed

Contemporary Trends and Outcomes of Blunt Traumatic Colon Injuries Requiring Resection J Surg Res. 2020 03; 247:251-257. . View in PubMed

2020 update of the WSES guidelines for the management of acute colonic diverticulitis in the emergency setting World J Emerg Surg. 2020 05 07; 15(1):32. . 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

Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 2019 12; 38(6):659. . View in PubMed

Complicated appendicitis: Immediate operation or trial of nonoperative management? Am J Surg. 2019 04; 217(4):713-717.. View in PubMed

Career Goals, Salary Expectations, and Salary Negotiation Among Male and Female General Surgery Residents JAMA Surg. 2019 11 01; 154(11):1023-1029. . View in PubMed

Calculated Decisions: Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Emerg Med Pract 2018 Sep 01; 18(Suppl 3):1-3. . View in PubMed

Active-Shooter Response at a Health Care Facility N Engl J Med. 2018 Aug 09; 379(6):583-586. . View in PubMed

Cirrhosis, Operative Trauma, Transfusion, and Mortality: A Multicenter Retrospective Observational Study Cureus. 2018 Aug 02; 10(8):e3087. . View in PubMed

Acute renal replacement therapy in patients with major extremity injuries Minerva Anestesiol. 2018 Jun; 84(6):747-755. . View in PubMed

Contemporary Utilization of Resuscitative Thoracotomy: Results From the AAST Aortic Occlusion for Resuscitation in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (AORTA) Multicenter Registry Shock. 2018 10; 50(4):414-420. . View in PubMed

A comparison of resuscitation intensity and critical administration threshold in predicting early mortality among bleeding patients: A multicenter validation in 680 major transfusion patients J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 10; 85(4):691-696. . View in PubMed

Comment on "A Tactical Medicine After-action Report of the San Bernardino Terrorist Incident" West J Emerg Med. 2018 09; 19(5):825-826. . View in PubMed

Abnormalities of laboratory coagulation tests versus clinically evident coagulopathic bleeding: results from the prehospital resuscitation on helicopters study (PROHS) Surgery. 2018 04; 163(4):819-826. . 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

Beta blockers in critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury: Results from a multicenter, prospective, observational American Association for the Surgery of Trauma study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 02; 84(2):234-244. . 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

Bologna guidelines for diagnosis and management of adhesive small bowel obstruction (ASBO): 2017 update of the evidence-based guidelines from the world society of emergency surgery ASBO working group World J Emerg Surg. 2018; 13:24. . View in PubMed

Circulation first - the time has come to question the sequencing of care in the ABCs of trauma; an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter trial World J Emerg Surg. 2018; 13:8. . View in PubMed

Burn Surgeon and Palliative Care Physician Attitudes Regarding Goals of Care Delineation for Burned Geriatric Patients J Burn Care Res. 2018 10 23; 39(6):1000-1005. . View in PubMed

Association of General Surgery Resident Remediation and Program Director Attitudes With Resident Attrition JAMA Surg. 2017 Dec 01; 152(12):1134-1140. . 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

Catecholamines as outcome markers in isolated traumatic brain injury: the COMA-TBI study Crit Care. 2017 Feb 23; 21(1):37. . 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

A comparison of prognosis calculators for geriatric trauma: A Prognostic Assessment of Life and Limitations After Trauma in the Elderly consortium study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 07; 83(1):90-96. . 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

Airway management following repair of cervical tracheal injuries: A retrospective, multicenter study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Mar; 80(3):366-70; discussion 370-1. . View in PubMed

Antibiotic related acute kidney injury in patients treated for open fractures Injury. 2016 Mar; 47(3):653-7. . View in PubMed

Advances in laparoscopy for acute care surgery and trauma World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Jan 14; 22(2):668-80. . View in PubMed

A Clinical Decision Rule for Thoracolumbar Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma? Ann Emerg Med. 2016 12; 68(6):781-783.. 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

Correlation between laboratory coagulation testing and thromboelastometry is modified during management of trauma patients J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 08; 81(2):319-27. . View in PubMed

Contemporary outcomes of lower extremity vascular repairs extending below the knee: A multicenter retrospective study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 07; 81(1):63-70. . 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

Antimicrobials: a global alliance for optimizing their rational use in intra-abdominal infections (AGORA) World J Emerg Surg. 2016; 11:33. . 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

A multi-institution prospective observational study of small bowel obstruction: Clinical and computerized tomography predictors of which patients may require early surgery J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Sep; 79(3):393-8. . View in PubMed

A multi-institutional analysis of prehospital tourniquet use J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jul; 79(1):10-4; discussion 14. . View in PubMed

2014 Consensus conference on viscoelastic test-based transfusion guidelines for early trauma resuscitation: Report of the panel J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jun; 78(6):1220-9. . 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

Blunt abdominal aortic injury: a Western Trauma Association multicenter study J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Dec; 77(6):879-85; discussion 885. . View in PubMed

Adult respiratory distress syndrome risk factors for injured patients undergoing damage-control laparotomy: AAST multicenter post hoc analysis J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Dec; 77(6):886-91. . 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 framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9.. View in PubMed

Celebrity traumatic deaths: are gangster rappers really "gangsta"? Can J Surg. 2013 Aug; 56(4):E59-62.. View in PubMed

Case scenario: management of trauma-induced coagulopathy in a severe blunt trauma patient Anesthesiology. 2013 Jul; 119(1):191-200. . 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

Beta-blocker exposure in the absence of significant head injuries is associated with reduced mortality in critically ill patients Am J Surg. 2012 Nov; 204(5):697-703. . 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

Antifibrinolytics in trauma patients: does it MATTER? Arch Surg. 2012 Feb; 147(2):119.. 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

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

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

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

A diagnostic delay of 5 hours increases the risk of death after blunt hollow viscus injury J Trauma. 2010 Jul; 69(1):84-7. . 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

Clinical clearance of the cervical spine in blunt trauma patients younger than 3 years: a multi-center study of the american association for the surgery of trauma J Trauma. 2009 Sep; 67(3):543-9; discussion 549-50. . 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

American College of Surgeons trauma centre designation and mechanical ventilation outcomes Injury. 2009 Jul; 40(7):708-12. . View in PubMed

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

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

Clinical predictors of occult pneumothoraces in severely injured blunt polytrauma patients: A prospective observational study Injury. 2009 Jan; 40(1):44-7. . 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

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

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

Are patients with self-inflicted injuries more likely to die? J Trauma. 2007 Jun; 62(6):1495-500.. View in PubMed

Computed tomographic angiography in the initial assessment of penetrating extremity injuries J Trauma. 2007 Feb; 62(2):520-2. . View in PubMed

Bilateral chronic subdural hematoma cases showing rapid and progressive aggravation Surg Neurol. 2005 Nov; 64(5):444-9; discussion 449. . View in PubMed

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