Surgical Clinics of North America Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: WB Saunders

Journal description

Each issue of Surgical Clinics reviews new diagnostic and management techniques for a single clinical problem--and makes them simple to apply. Its concise, comprehensive, and its editors and authors are respected experts.

Current impact factor: 1.93

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.932
2012 Impact Factor 2.019
2011 Impact Factor 2.142
2010 Impact Factor 2.335
2009 Impact Factor 2.076
2008 Impact Factor 1.365
2007 Impact Factor 1.269
2006 Impact Factor 1.656
2005 Impact Factor 1.763
2004 Impact Factor 1.722
2003 Impact Factor 1.589
2002 Impact Factor 1.651
2001 Impact Factor 1.492
2000 Impact Factor 1.252
1999 Impact Factor 2.061
1998 Impact Factor 1.744
1997 Impact Factor 1.525

Impact factor over time

Impact factor
Year

Additional details

5-year impact 2.00
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.14
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.61
Website Surgical Clinics website
Other titles The Surgical clinics of North America, Surgical clinics
ISSN 1558-3171
OCLC 1714309
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/07/2015
    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):xiii-xiv. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is painful, generally incurable, and frequently lethal. The current progression model indicates that this cancer evolves by mutations and deletions in key oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. This article describes an updated, more comprehensive model that includes concepts from the fields of epigenetics and nuclear architecture. Widespread use of next-generation sequencing for identifying genetic and epigenetic changes genome-wide will help identify and validate more and better markers for this disease. Epigenetic alterations are amenable to pharmacologic manipulations, thus this new integrated paradigm will contribute to advance this field from a mechanistic and translational point of view. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):935-52. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.011
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    ABSTRACT: Neither extended surgery nor extended indication for surgery has improved survival in patients with pancreatic cancer. According to autopsy studies, presumably 90% are metastatic. The only cure is complete removal of the tumor at an early stage before it becomes a systemic disease or becomes invasive. Early detection and screening of individuals at risk is currently under way. This article reviews the evidence and methods for screening, either familial or sporadic. Indication for early-stage surgery and precursors are discussed. Surgeons should be familiar with screening because it may provide patients with a chance for cure by surgical resection. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):1041-52. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.010
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    ABSTRACT: Low ratio of mortality over incidence of gastric cancer in Asian countries including Korea and Japan could be explained by early detection after screening, different treatment strategy, or genetic disparity between the East and West. Early detection after screening program for gastric cancer and subsequent surgical treatment including appropriate lymph node dissection has been developed successfully in high risk areas such as East Asian countries. Even in countries with a low prevalence of gastric cancer, a specific screening program is recommended for any high-risk population. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):1053-66. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.012
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    ABSTRACT: Screening for lung cancer in high-risk individuals with annual low-dose computed tomography has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% and is recommended by multiple health care organizations. Lung cancer screening is not a specific test; it is a process that involves appropriate selection of high-risk individuals, careful interpretation and follow-up of imaging, and annual testing. Screening should be performed in the context of a multidisciplinary program experienced in the diagnosis and management of lung nodules and early-stage lung cancer. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):967-78. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.006
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer screening has become a controversial topic. Understanding the points of contention requires an appreciation of the conceptual framework underpinning cancer screening in general, knowledge of the strengths and limitations of available screening modalities, and familiarity with published clinical trial data. This review is data intense with the intention of presenting enough information to permit the reader to enter into the discussion with an ample knowledge base. The focus throughout is striking a balance between the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 10/2015; 95(5):991-1011. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.008
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    ABSTRACT: Training to excellence in the conduct of surgical procedures has many similarities to the acquisition and mastery of technical skills in elite-level music and sports. By using coaching techniques and strategies gleaned from analysis of professional music ensembles and athletic training, surgical educators can set conditions that increase the success rate of training to elite performance. This article describes techniques and strategies used in both music and athletic coaching, and it discusses how they can be applied and integrated into surgical simulation and education. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 08/2015; 95(4):839-854. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.011
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    ABSTRACT: Given the pace of change in surgery today and a growing need to decrease variability in the delivery of health care to optimize quality while minimizing cost, surgeons need an "educational home" where they can return to intermittently through their career to retool. We need as robust of an educational structure to support practicing surgeons as we have for students and postgraduate trainees. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 08/2015; 95(4):801-812. DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.002
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    ABSTRACT: There has been recent interest in minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE), which has the theoretic advantages of being less traumatic, with a shortened postoperative recovery and fewer cardiopulmonary complications, compared with open approaches. In addition, enhanced visualization afforded by high-definition imaging and magnification may facilitate a safer approach, with a resultant reduction in blood loss and complications. MIE has been adopted in many centers. This article describes the history of MIE in the context of benign disease, the surgical technique, and the outcomes of minimally invasive approaches compared with those of the open approach. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(3). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.02.012
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    ABSTRACT: Multiple new endoluminal devices and therapies have been devised to create a more effective antireflux barrier in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Most of these therapies have been abandoned, because they were ineffective and/or had significant adverse effects. However, there are currently two therapies (Stretta, EsophyX) that have US Food and Drug Administration approval and continue to be used in select patients with GERD. The clinical management of GERD, disease complications, endoluminal techniques, evidence for efficacy, and controversies concerning endoluminal therapy for GERD are reviewed and discussed. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 63(3). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.02.016
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    ABSTRACT: Esophageal achalasia is a primary esophageal motility disorder characterized by the absence of esophageal peristalsis and failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax in response to swallowing. This article reviews the most clinically relevant aspects of diagnosis and management of patients with achalasia, focusing on the several treatment modalities available. At present, laparoscopic Heller myotomy with partial fundoplication is considered the gold standard for the treatment. Endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic botulinum toxin injection and pneumatic dilatation should be considered as primary treatment modalities only in frail patients. Peroral endoscopic myotomy is a new approach with promising short-term results. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(3). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.02.009
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    ABSTRACT: Barrett esophagus is a change in the normal squamous epithelium of the esophagus to specialized columnar-lined epithelium. Barrett esophagus is of interest to surgeons in that it is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is a risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Beyond that, nearly every other aspect of Barrett esophagus has been an area of controversy among surgeons, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and epidemiologists. The purpose of this article is to review the disease Barrett esophagus with emphasis on current clinical management. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(3). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.02.011
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    ABSTRACT: Minimally invasive surgery is the mainstay of treatment for symptomatic hiatal hernia. Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair includes certain key steps such as complete reduction of the hernia sac, identification of both crura and the gastroesophageal junction, obtaining at least 3 cm of intra-abdominal esophageal length, tension-free re-approximation of the crura utilizing an absorbable mesh onlay, creation of an anti-reflux procedure, and diagnostic endoscopy at the end of the procedure. This article reviews various aspects of managing a patient who presents with a paraesophageal hernia and examines the current controversies in surgical technique with regards to laparoscopic PEH repair. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(3). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.02.008
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    ABSTRACT: Considerable progress has been made regarding the range of simulator technologies and simulation formats. Similarly, results from research in human learning and behavior have facilitated the development of best practices in simulation-based training (SBT) and surgical education. Today, SBT is a common curriculum component in surgical education that can significantly complement clinical learning, performance, and patient care experiences. Beginning with important considerations for selecting appropriate forms of simulation, several relevant educational theories of learning are described. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(4). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.006
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    ABSTRACT: Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed in men and the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. Widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening led to a decrease in mortality; however, PSA screening may have led to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of clinically insignificant cancers. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a statement recommending against the use of PSA, which was met with concern from professional organizations. This article reviews the epidemiology of prostate cancer, data from the largest screening trials, USPSTF recommendation statement, and current strategies used to improve overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(5). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.001
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    ABSTRACT: There is now compelling evidence that the molecular heterogeneity of cancer is associated with disparate phenotypes with variable outcomes and therapeutic responsiveness to therapy in histologically indistinguishable cancers. This diversity may explain why conventional clinical trial designs have mostly failed to show efficacy when patients are enrolled in an unselected fashion. Knowledge of the molecular phenotype has the potential to improve therapeutic selection and hence the early delivery of the optimal therapeutic regimen. Resolution of the challenges associated with a more stratified approach to health care will ensure more precise diagnostics and enhance therapeutic selection, which will improve overall outcomes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(5). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.003
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    ABSTRACT: Cancer screening has long been an important component of the struggle to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality from cancer. Notwithstanding this history, many aspects of cancer screening remain poorly understood. This article presents a summary of basic principles of cancer screening that are relevant for researchers, clinicians, and public health officials alike. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(5). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.009
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    ABSTRACT: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in the Western world. Advances in surgical and medical management have led to improved outcomes; however, the prognosis of CRC is often poor when detected at a symptomatic stage. Most cases of CRC develop over years from removable well-defined precursor lesions, and asymptomatic, curable disease may be detected by convenient noninvasive tests. These features make CRC a suitable candidate for screening, and several options are available. This article outlines the evidence for established CRC screening tests along with a discussion on newer tests and ongoing research. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(5). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.05.007
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    ABSTRACT: Maintenance of certification (MOC) is a process through which practitioners are able to show continuing competence in their areas of expertise. Simulation plays an increasingly important role in the assessment of students and residents, as well as in the initial practice certification for health care professionals. The use of simulation as an assessment tool in MOC has been sluggish to be universally accepted. This article discusses the role of simulation in health care education, how simulation might be effectively applied in the MOC process, and the future role of simulation in the MOC process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(4). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.010
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular surgery has evolved dramatically as a specialty, with new training paradigms and an ever-developing, technically demanding field. The ability to evaluate trainees on their fundamental skills is an important step in ensuring some uniformity in trainees' basic technical abilities. This article describes the development and implementation of the fundamentals of vascular and endovascular surgery, including lessons applied from the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery programs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Surgical Clinics of North America 06/2015; 95(4). DOI:10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.008