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.

Nikolai Bildzukewicz

Nikolai Bildzukewicz

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
1510 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

Regression of Barrett's esophagus after magnetic sphincter augmentation: intermediate-term results Surg Endosc. 2020 Oct 08. . 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

Safety and efficacy of robotic-assisted groin hernia repair J Robot Surg. 2020 Aug 10. . View in PubMed

Safety and efficacy of magnetic sphincter augmentation dilation Surg Endosc. 2020 Jul 15. . View in PubMed

Magnetic sphincter augmentation versus fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease: pros and cons Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2020 Jul; 36(4):323-328. . View in PubMed

Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2020 Apr; 30(2):325-342. . View in PubMed

Management of lateral abdominal hernias Hernia. 2020 04; 24(2):353-358. . View in PubMed

Removing the magnetic sphincter augmentation device: operative management and outcomes Surg Endosc. 2019 08; 33(8):2663-2669. . View in PubMed

Routine esophageal manometry is not useful in patients with normal videoesophagram Surg Endosc. 2019 05; 33(5):1650-1653. . View in PubMed

Minimal versus obligatory dissection of the diaphragmatic hiatus during magnetic sphincter augmentation surgery Surg Endosc. 2019 03; 33(3):782-788. . View in PubMed

Regression of intestinal metaplasia following magnetic sphincter augmentation device placement Surg Endosc. 2019 02; 33(2):576-579. . View in PubMed

Videoesophagography versus Endoscopy for Prediction of Intraoperative Hiatal Hernia Size Am Surg. 2018 Mar 01; 84(3):387-391. . View in PubMed

Hiatal hernia recurrence following magnetic sphincter augmentation and posterior cruroplasty: intermediate-term outcomes Surg Endosc. 2018 07; 32(7):3374-3379. . View in PubMed

Gastric cancer in the young: An advanced disease with poor prognostic features J Surg Oncol. 2017 Mar; 115(4):371-375. . View in PubMed

Efficacy of magnetic sphincter augmentation in patients with large hiatal hernias Surg Endosc. 2017 05; 31(5):2096-2102. . View in PubMed

Post-Nissen Dysphagia and Bloating Syndrome: Outcomes After Conversion to Toupet Fundoplication J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 03; 21(3):441-445. . View in PubMed

A Durable Laparoscopic Technique for the Repair of Large Paraesophageal Hernias Am Surg. 2016 Oct; 82(10):911-915. . View in PubMed

Multi-institutional outcomes using magnetic sphincter augmentation versus Nissen fundoplication for chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease Surg Endosc. 2016 08; 30(8):3289-96. . View in PubMed

Charges, outcomes, and complications: a comparison of magnetic sphincter augmentation versus laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for the treatment of GERD Surg Endosc. 2016 08; 30(8):3225-30. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation vs Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: A Matched-Pair Analysis of 100 Patients J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Jul; 221(1):123-8. . View in PubMed

Magnetic sphincter augmentation with the LINX device for gastroesophageal reflux disease after US. Food and Drug Administration approval. Am Surg. 2014 Oct; 80(10):1034-8. . View in PubMed

Outcomes following laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer Surg Endosc. 2014 Feb; 28(2):492-9. . View in PubMed

Targeting PARP-1 allosteric regulation offers therapeutic potential against cancer Cancer Res. 2014 Jan 01; 74(1):31-7. . View in PubMed

Transgastric large-organ extraction: the initial human experience Surg Endosc. 2013 Feb; 27(2):394-9. . View in PubMed

Appendicitis following virtual colonoscopy: a case report J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Dec; 16(12):2291-3. . View in PubMed

pp32 (ANP32A) expression inhibits pancreatic cancer cell growth and induces gemcitabine resistance by disrupting HuR binding to mRNAs PLoS One. 2010 Nov 29; 5(11):e15455. . View in PubMed

A pseudoaneurysm of the inferior epigastric artery after laparoscopic right hemicolectomy Am Surg. 2009 Dec; 75(12):1266-8. . View in PubMed

Dr. Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz is the director of the Hernia Institute at Keck Medicine. He is also the Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency program as well as the minimally-invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship. Originally from Pennsylvania, he obtained his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Bildzukewicz was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He then completed his general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Following his internship, he served several months as a General Medical Officer (GMO) at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, providing medical care to recruits going through “boot camp.” He then reported for training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL, where he graduated as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He spent the next two years on active duty as a flight surgeon, providing medical care to military pilots, aircrew, and sailors both ashore and at sea. In 2005, he returned to Jefferson to complete his general surgery training. In 2012, he completed his fellowship training in minimally-invasive, bariatric, and robotic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, and esophageal motility disorders including achalasia. He also focuses on the advanced laparoscopic repair of both inguinal and ventral hernias, as well as advanced techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction. His research interests are in advancing minimally-invasive surgical techniques. These include single-incision, robotic, advanced endoscopic, and natural orifice surgery (or NOTES). In addition, he has a special interest in the surgical education of both residents and medical students.

Dr. Bildzukewicz was recently selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Southern California. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results were published in Super Doctors Rising Stars, a special advertising section in the August 2014 issue of Los Angeles magazine.
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