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.

Luke Putnam

Luke Putnam

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


Novel Utility of Amplatzer Septal Occlusion Device to Treat Persistent Aortocaval Fistula following Ruptured Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (rEVAR)Ann Vasc Surg. 2020 May; 65:283. e7-283. e11. . View in PubMed

Magnetic sphincter augmentation with hiatal hernia repair: long term outcomes Surg Endosc. 2020 Oct 07. . View in PubMed

Less is more: cruroplasty alone is sufficient for revisional hiatal hernia surgery Surg Endosc. 2020 Aug 24. . View in PubMed

Evolving changes of minimally invasive esophagectomy: a single-institution experience Surg Endosc. 2020 Jun; 34(6):2503-2511. . View in PubMed

Povidone-iodine Irrigation for Pediatric Perforated Appendicitis May Be Protective: A Bayesian Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Ann Surg. 2020 05; 271(5):827-833. . View in PubMed

Using a Second Stakeholder-Driven Variance Reporting System Improves Pediatric Perioperative Safety Pediatr Qual Saf. 2019 Sep-Oct; 4(5):e220. . View in PubMed

Ann Surg. 2018 05; 267(5):977-982. . View in PubMed

Factors associated with early recurrence after congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jun; 52(6):928-932. . View in PubMed

Minimally Invasive vs Open Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair: Is There a Superior Approach? J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Apr; 224(4):416-422.. View in PubMed

The impact of cardiac risk factors on short-term outcomes for children undergoing a Ladd procedure J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Mar; 52(3):390-394. . View in PubMed

Does compliance with antibiotic prophylaxis in pediatric simple appendicitis matter? J Surg Res. 2017 08; 216:1-8.. View in PubMed

Measuring the Value of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Children With Perforated Appendicitis Ann Surg. 2017 07; 266(1):195-200. . View in PubMed

Surgery. 2017 05; 161(5):1326-1333. . View in PubMed

Surgical site infection reporting: more than meets the agar J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan; 52(1):156-160. . View in PubMed

Don't forget the dose: Improving computed tomography dosing for pediatric appendicitis J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec; 51(12):1944-1948. . View in PubMed

How Should Surgical Residents Be Educated About Patient Safety: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial J Surg Educ. 2016 Jul-Aug; 73(4):660-7. . View in PubMed

Laboratory evaluation for pediatric patients with suspected necrotizing soft tissue infections: A case-control study J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jun; 51(6):1022-5. . View in PubMed

A multicenter, pediatric quality improvement initiative improves surgical wound class assignment, but is it enough? J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Apr; 51(4):639-44.. View in PubMed

Improving the Quality of Quality Improvement Reporting: Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) 20 Guidelines. JAMA Surg. 2016 Apr; 151(4):311-2. . View in PubMed

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Appendiceal Perforation in Pediatric AppendicitisJ Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 170:156-60. e1. . View in PubMed

Meaningful use and good catches: More appropriate metrics for checklist effectiveness Surgery. 2016 12; 160(6):1675-1681. . View in PubMed

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Defect Size and Infant Morbidity at Discharge Pediatrics. 2016 11; 138(5). . View in PubMed

Prophylactic versus symptomatic Ladd procedures for pediatric malrotation J Surg Res. 2016 10; 205(2):327-330. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of Variability in Inhaled Nitric Oxide Use and Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia JAMA Pediatr. 2016 12 01; 170(12):1188-1194. . View in PubMed

Surgical resident education in patient safety: where can we improve? J Surg Res. 2015 Dec; 199(2):308-13.. View in PubMed

A statewide analysis of specialized care for pediatric appendicitis Surgery. 2015 Sep; 158(3):787-92. . View in PubMed

Adherence to surgical antibiotic prophylaxis remains a challenge despite multifaceted interventions Surgery. 2015 Aug; 158(2):413-9. . View in PubMed

The utility of the contrast enema in neonates with suspected Hirschsprung disease J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Jun; 50(6):963-6. . View in PubMed

Surgical wound classification for pediatric appendicitis remains poorly documented despite targeted interventions J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Jun; 50(6):915-8. . View in PubMed

Multifaceted interventions improve adherence to the surgical checklist Surgery. 2014 Aug; 156(2):336-44. . View in PubMed

Impact of a 24-hour discharge pathway on outcomes of pediatric appendectomy Surgery. 2014 Aug; 156(2):455-61. . View in PubMed

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