Eric J Ley

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Background Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with a higher risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Whether C. difficile infection similarly increases this risk is unknown. Methods This was a retrospective analysis of patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 02/2011 until 07/2013. The two groups were compared using standard statistical methodology. Results During the 30-month study period, a total of 1,728 patients were admitted to the surgical ICU. A total of 64 patients (3.7%) tested positive for C. difficile. The use of chemical prophylaxis for VTE was significantly higher in the C. difficile group (64.1% vs. 46.2%, p=0.005). Nonetheless, C. difficile patients had a higher risk for development of a VTE (23.4% vs. 11.0%, AOR [95% CI]: 1.87 [1.01, 3.48], p=0.048). In a forward logistic regression model, C. difficile was found to be independently associated with development of VTE (AOR [95% CI]: 1.87 [1.00, 3.47], p=0.049). Conclusion Clostridium difficile infection increases the risk for venous thromboembolism in surgical patients admitted to the intensive care unit.
    The American Journal of Surgery 11/2014; · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The criteria for organ acceptance remain inconsistent, which limits the ability to standardize critical care practices. We sought to examine predictors of liver graft utilization and survival, in order to better guide the management of potential organ donors. Study Design A prospective observational study of all donors managed by the eight organ procurement organizations in United Network for Organ Sharing Region 5 was conducted from July 2008 to March 2011. Critical care endpoints that reflect the normal hemodynamic, acid-base, respiratory, endocrine, and renal status of the donor were collected at three time points. Critical care and demographic data associated with liver transplantation rates as well as graft survival were first determined using univariate analyses, and then logistic regression was used to identify independent predictors of these two outcomes. Results In 961 donors, 730 (76%) livers were transplanted and 694 (95%) were functioning after 74±73 days of follow-up. After regression analysis, donor BMI (odds ratio [OR] = 0.94), male gender (OR = 1.9), glucose <150 (OR = 1.97), lower dopamine dose (OR = 0.95), vasopressin use (OR = 1.95), and ejection fraction >50% (OR = 1.77) remained as independent predictors of liver utilization. Graft survival was associated with lower donor BMI (OR = 0.91) and sodium levels (OR = 0.95). Conclusions After controlling for donor age, sex, and BMI, both hemodynamic and endocrine critical care endpoints were associated with increased liver graft utilization. Both donor BMI and lower sodium levels during the course of donor management were independently predictive of improved graft survival. These results may help guide the management and selection of potential organ donors after neurologic determination of death.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 10/2014; · 4.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Early trauma-induced coagulopathy (ETIC) is abnormal coagulation detected on presentation, but a clear description is lacking. We used thromboelastography (TEG) to characterize ETIC. Data were prospectively collected on high-acuity trauma activations at an urban Level I trauma center between July 2012 and May 2013. Patients with admission TEG before any blood transfusion were stratified by Injury Severity Score (ISS): mild (less than 16), moderate (16 to 24), severe (25 or greater). TEG parameters were compared between groups. ETIC was defined as any abnormality detected on TEG. Fifty-two patients were included; mean age was 49 years and mean time to the emergency department was 26 minutes. Mean ISS for the cohort was 17 with 28 patients in mild, eight in moderate, and 16 in severe. Glasgow Coma Score was lower and head Abbreviated Injury Scale was higher in severe (P Document Type: Research Article Publication date: October 1, 2014 More about this publication? The Southeastern Surgical Congress owns and publishes The American Surgeon monthly. It is the official journal of the Congress and the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, which all members receive each month. The journal brings up to date clinical advances in surgical knowledge in a popular reference format. In addition to publishing papers presented at the annual meetings of the associated organizations, the journal publishes selected unsolicited manuscripts. If you have a manuscript you'd like to see published in The American Surgeon select "Information for Authors" from the Related Information options below. A Copyright Release Form must accompany all manuscripts submitted. Information for Authors Submit a Paper Subscribe to this Title Membership Information Information for Advertisers Terms & Conditions Annual Scientific Meeting Brief Reports ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites $(document).ready(function() { var shortdescription = $(".originaldescription").text().replace(/\\&/g, '&').replace(/\\, '<').replace(/\\>/g, '>').replace(/\\t/g, ' ').replace(/\\n/g, ''); if (shortdescription.length > 350){ shortdescription = "" + shortdescription.substring(0,250) + "... more"; } $(".descriptionitem").prepend(shortdescription); $(".shortdescription a").click(function() { $(".shortdescription").hide(); $(".originaldescription").slideDown(); return false; }); }); Related content In this: publication By this: publisher In this Subject: Surgery By this author: Liou, Douglas Z. ; Shafi, Hedyeh ; Bloom, Matthew B. ; Chung, Rex ; Ley, Eric J. ; Salim, Ali ; Tcherniantchouk, Oxana ; Margulies, Daniel R. GA_googleFillSlot("Horizontal_banner_bottom");
    The American surgeon 10/2014; 80(10). · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients sustaining traumatic injuries are at risk for development of rhabdomyolysis. The effect of obesity on this risk is unknown. This study attempted to characterize the role of obesity in the development of rhabdomyolysis after trauma. This was a retrospective review of all trauma patients with creatine kinase (CK) levels admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a Level I trauma center from February 2011 until July 2013. Patients were divided based on their body mass index (BMI): overweight/obese group with BMI 25 kg/m2 or greater and nonoverweight/obese group with BMI less than 25 kg/m2. Primary outcome was CK greater than 10,000 U/L. During the 30-month study period, 198 trauma patients with available CK levels were admitted to the SICU. The majority (27.8%) of patients were involved in a motor vehicle collision. There were 96 patients (48.4%) with BMI 25 kg/m2 or greater and 102 (51.5%) with BMI less than 25 kg/m2. There was no difference in creatinine levels between the two groups (1.5 ± 1.2 mg/dL vs 1.5 ± 1.4 mg/dL, P = 0.83). BMI 25 kg/m2 or greater was independently associated with the development of CK greater than 10,000 U/L (14.6 vs 4.9%; adjusted odds ratio, 3.03; P = 0.04). Patients with BMI 25 kg/m2 or greater are at a significantly higher risk for rhabdomyolysis after trauma. Aggressive CK level monitoring to prevent rhabdomyolysis in this population is strongly encouraged.
    The American surgeon 10/2014; 80(10). · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) for patients taking an antiplatelet agent is largely unknown. This study aimed to investigate the association between antiplatelet agent use before admission with the risk of in-hospital VTE in surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients. A retrospective review of all patients admitted to the surgical ICU at a Level I trauma center over 30 months was performed. Patients who underwent diagnostic imaging for VTE were selected. Patients were divided based on whether or not antiplatelet agents were used before admission (APTA vs NAPTA). The primary outcome was VTE occurrence. A forward logistic regression model was used to identify factors independently associated with the primary outcome. During the study period, 461 (24%) patients met inclusion criteria: 70 (15%) APTA and 391 (85%) NAPTA. After adjusting for confounding factors, APTA patients were at a significantly higher risk for developing VTE (59 vs 40%; adjusted odds ratio, 1.8; 95% confidence interval, 1.0 to 3.0; adjusted P = 0.04). Whether or not antiplatelet agents were resumed during the hospital stay and the day on which they were resumed did not affect VTE risk. In conclusion, surgical ICU patients receiving antiplatelet agents before admission are at a significantly higher risk for development of VTE.
    The American surgeon 10/2014; 80(10). · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of early adrenergic hyperactivity as manifested by prehospital (emergency medical service [EMS]) hypertension on outcomes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and to develop a prognostic model of the presence of TBI based on EMS and admission (emergency department [ED]) hypertension.
    The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 10/2014; 77(4):592-598. · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Offering undergraduate students research opportunities may enhance their interest in pursuing a surgical career and lead to increased academic productivity. We characterize the benefits of participating in the Trauma Research Associates Program. Design A 19-point Web-based survey. Setting Academic Level I Trauma Center. Participants A total of 29 active and former members of the Trauma Research Associates Program. Main Outcome Measure(s) Academic activities and predictors associated with interest in a surgical career and research productivity. Results Surveys were completed on 26 of 29 (90%) participants. Clinical experience was the most highly ranked motivation to join the program (65%), followed by pursuing a research experience (46%). During their involvement, 73% of participants observed surgical intensive care unit rounds, 65% observed acute care surgery rounds, and 35% observed a surgical procedure in the operating room. In addition, 46% submitted at least one abstract to a surgical meeting coauthored with the Division’s faculty. Furthermore, 58% reported that they enrolled in a medical school, whereas 17% pursued a full-time research job. The program influenced the interest in a surgical career in 39% of all members, and 73% reported that they would incorporate research in their medical career. Observing a surgical procedure was independently associated with development of a high interest in a surgical career (adjusted odds ratio: 6.50; 95% CI: 1.09, 38.63; p = 0.04), whereas volunteering for more than 15 hours per week predicted submission of at least 1 abstract to a surgical conference by the participant (adjusted odds ratio: 13.00; 95% CI: 1.27, 133.29; p = 0.03). Conclusions and Relevance Development of a structured research program for undergraduate students is beneficial to both the participants and sponsoring institution. Undergraduate exposure to academic surgery enhances interest in pursuing a surgical specialty and leads to academic productivity.
    Journal of Surgical Education 09/2014; · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A physician-centered approach to systems design is fundamental to ameliorating the causes of many errors, inefficiencies, and reliability problems.
    JAMA surgery. 08/2014; 149(9).
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    ABSTRACT: The need for suitable organs for transplantation is especially pronounced in minority populations such as Hispanic Americans owing to disproportionately high rates of diabetes mellitus and kidney disease. Considerable barriers exist for Hispanic Americans consent to donation, resulting in significantly lower donation rates compared with white individuals.
    JAMA surgery. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of postoperative fluid balance (FB) on subsequent outcomes in acute care surgery (ACS) patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (ICU).
    Journal of Critical Care 07/2014; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) screening is routine practice in many intensive care units despite the question of its clinical significance. The value of VRE screening at predicting subsequent VRE or other hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is unknown. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the rate of subsequent VRE HAI in patients undergoing VRE screening. This study was conducted in a 24-bed surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a Level I trauma center. Patients admitted to the SICU between February and August 2011 who had rectal swab for VRE screening within 72 hours were followed prospectively for the development of VRE and other HAIs. Demographics, clinical characteristics, and infection rates were compared between VRE-positive and VRE-negative patients. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of VRE screening for predicting subsequent VRE HAI were calculated. A total of 341 patients had VRE screening within 72 hours of SICU admission, with 32 VRE-positive (9%) and 309 VRE-negative (91%) patients. VRE-positive patients had a higher incidence of any HAI (78% vs. 35%, p < 0.001). Eight VRE-positive patients (25%) developed VRE HAI compared with only 3 VRE-negative patients (1%) (p < 0.001). VRE screening had a 73% sensitivity, 93% specificity, 25% PPV, and 99% NPV for determining subsequent VRE HAI. VRE colonization was present in 9% of SICU patients at admission. Negative VRE screen result had a high specificity and NPV for the development of subsequent VRE HAI. Empiric treatment of VRE infection may be unnecessary in VRE-negative patients. Prognostic/epidemiologic study, level III. Therapeutic study, level IV.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 05/2014; 76(5):1192-200.
  • The American surgeon 03/2014; 80(3):310-2. · 0.92 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Surgical Research 02/2014; 186(2):510. · 2.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: IMPORTANCE The growing demand for organs continues to outpace supply. This gap is most pronounced in minority populations, who constitute more than 40% of the organ waiting list. Hispanic Americans are particularly less likely to donate compared with other minorities for reasons that remain poorly understood and difficult to change. OBJECTIVE To determine whether outreach interventions that target Hispanic Americans improve organ donation outcomes. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Prospective before-after study of 4 southern California neighborhoods with a high percentage of Hispanic American residents. We conducted cross-sectional telephone surveys before and 2 years after outreach interventions. Respondents 18 years or older were drawn randomly from lists of Hispanic surnames. Awareness, perceptions, and beliefs regarding organ donation and intent to donate were measured and compared before and after interventions. INTERVENTION Television and radio commercials about organ donation and educational programs at 5 high schools and 4 Catholic churches. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Number of survey participants who specify intent to donate. RESULTS A total of 402 preintervention and 654 postintervention individuals participated in the surveys. We observed a significant increase in awareness of and knowledge about organ donation and a significant increase in the intent to donate (17.7% vs 12.1%; adjusted odds ratio, 1.55 [95% CI, 1.06-2.26; P = .02]). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Focused donor outreach programs sustain awareness and knowledge and can significantly improve intent to donate organs in the Hispanic American population. These programs should continue to be evaluated and implemented to influence donor registration.
    JAMA surgery. 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Flow disruptions (FDs) are deviations from the progression of care that compromise safety or efficiency. The frequency and specific causes of FDs remain poorly documented in trauma care. We undertook this study to identify and quantify the rate of FDs during various phases of trauma care. Seven trained observers studied a Level I trauma center over 2 months. Observers recorded details on FDs using a validated Tablet-PC data collection tool during various phases of care-trauma bay, imaging, operating room (OR)-and recorded work-system variables including breakdowns in communication and coordination, environmental distractions, equipment issues, and patient factors. Researchers observed 86 trauma cases including 72 low-level and 14 high-level activations. Altogether, 1,759 FDs were recorded (20.4/case). High-level trauma comprised a significantly higher number (p = 0.0003) and rate of FDs (p = 0.0158) than low-level trauma. Across the three phases of trauma care, there was a significant effect on FD number (p < 0.0001) and FD rate (p = 0.0005), with the highest in the OR, followed by computed tomography. The highest rates of FD per case and per hour were related to breakdowns in coordination. This study is the largest direct observational study of the trauma process conducted to date. Complexities associated with the critical patient who arrives in the trauma bay lead to a high prevalence of disruptions related to breakdowns in coordination, communication, equipment issues, and environmental factors. Prospective observation allows individual hospitals to identify and analyze these systemic deficiencies. Appropriate interventions can then be evaluated to streamline the care provided to trauma patients.
    World Journal of Surgery 11/2013; · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gender may influence outcomes following traumatic brain injury (TBI) although the mechanism is unknown. Animal TBI studies suggest that gender differences in endogenous hormone production may be the source. Limited retrospective clinical studies on gender present varied conclusions. Pediatric patients represent a unique population as pubescent children experience up-regulation of endogenous hormones that varies dramatically by gender. Younger children do not have these hormonal differences. The aim of this study was to compare pubescent and prepubescent females with males after isolated TBI to identify independent predictors of mortality. We performed a retrospective review of the National Trauma Data Bank Research Data Sets from 2007 and 2008 looking at all blunt trauma patients 18 years or younger who required hospital admission after isolated, moderate-to-severe TBI, defined as head Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) score 3 or greater. We excluded all individuals with AIS score of 3 or greater for any other region to limit the confounding effect of comorbidities. Based on the median age of menarche, we defined two age groups as follows: prepubescent (0-12 years) and pubescent (>12 years). Analysis was performed to compare trauma profiles and outcomes between groups. Our primary outcome measure was in-hospital mortality. A total of 20,280 patients met inclusion criteria; 10,135 were prepubescent, and 10,145 were pubescent. Overall mortality was 6.9%, and lower mortality was noted among prepubescent patients compared with pubescent (5.2% vs. 8.6%, p < 0.0001). Although female gender did not predict reduced mortality in the prepubescent cohort (adjusted odds ratio, 1.05; 95% confidence interval, 0.85-1.30; p = 0.63), female gender was associated with reduced mortality in the pubescent (adjusted odds ratio, 0.78; 95% confidence interval, 0.65-0.93; p = 0.007). In contrast to prepubescent female gender, pubescent female gender predicts reduced mortality following isolated, moderate-to-severe TBI. Endogenous hormonal differences may be a contributing factor and require further investigation. Prognostic study, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 10/2013; 75(4):682-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Thoracic duct injury is a rare but serious complication following surgery of the neck or chest that leads to uncontrolled chyle leak. Conventional management includes drainage, nutritional modification, or aggressive surgical interventions such as thoracic duct ligation, flap coverage, fibrin glue, or talc pleurodesis; few successful medical therapeutics are available. We report a case of a high-output chylothorax refractory to aggressive medical and surgical interventions. Chyle output decreased substantially after initiating midodrine, an α1-adrenergic agonist that causes vasoconstriction of the lymph system, reducing chyle flow. This case report suggests that midodrine may be a novel therapeutic for refractory chyle leaks.
    Chest 09/2013; 144(3):1055-7. · 7.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Increased emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) has been associated with increased mortality in trauma patients. In 2010, we implemented a 24/7 open trauma bed protocol in our designated trauma intensive care units (TICUs) to facilitate rapid admission from the ED. This required maintenance of a daily bump list and timely transferring of patients out of the TICU. We hypothesized that ED LOS and mortality would decrease after implementation. The following data from patients admitted directly from the ED to any ICU were retrospectively compared before (2009) and after (2011) the implementation of a trauma bed protocol at a Level I trauma center: age, sex, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, shock on admission (systolic blood pressure < 90 mm Hg), mechanism, injury severity scores (Injury Severity Score [ISS] and Abbreviated Injury Scale [AIS] score), ED LOS, ICU readmission rates, and mortality. Of the patients, 267 (17%) of 1,611 before and 262 (21%) of 1,266 (p < 0.01) after the protocol were admitted directly to the ICU, despite similar characteristics. ED LOS decreased from 4.2 ± 4.0 hours to 3.1 ± 2.1 hours (p < 0.01) in all patients as well as patients with an ISS of greater than 24 (3.1 ± 2.5 vs. 2.2 ± 1.6, p < 0.05) and a head AIS score of greater than 2 (4.2 ± 4.9 vs. 3.1 ± 2.0, p = 0.01). Mortality was unchanged for all patients (9% vs. 8%, p = 0.58) but trends toward improved mortality were found after protocol implementation inpatients with an ISS of greater than 24 (30% vs. 13%, p = 0.07) and in patients with a head AIS score of greater than 2 (12% vs. 6%, p = 0.08). A greater proportion of total patients were admitted to a designated TICU after implementation (83% vs. 93%, p < 0.01). ICU readmissions were unchanged (0.3% vs. 1.5%, p = 0.21). The implementation of a 24/7 open trauma bed protocol in the surgery ICU was associated with a decreased ED LOS and increased admissions to designated TICUs in all patients. Improved throughput was achieved without increases in ICU readmissions. Therapeutic study, level IV.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 07/2013; 75(1):97-101.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Trauma care is often delivered to unstable patients with incomplete medical histories, under time pressure, and with a need for multidisciplinary collaboration. Trauma patient flow through radiology is particularly prone to deviations from optimal care. A better understanding of this process could reduce errors and improve quality, flow, and patient outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Disruptions to the flow of trauma care during trauma activations were observed over a 10-week period at a level I trauma center. Using a validated data collection tool, the type, nature, and impact of disruptions to the care process were recorded. Two physicians unaffiliated with the study conducted a post hoc, blinded review of the flow disruptions and assigned a clinical impact score to each. RESULTS: There were 581 flow disruptions observed during the radiologic care of 76 trauma patients. An average of 30.5 minutes (95% CI, 27-34; median, 29; interquartile range, 20-38) was spent in the CT scanner, with a mean of 14.5 flow disruptions per hour (95% CI, 11.8-17.2). Coordination problems (34%), communication failures (19%), interruptions (13%), patient-related factors (12%), and equipment issues (8%) were the most frequent disruption types. Flow disruptions with the highest clinical impact were generally related to patient movements while in the scanner, problems with ordering systems, equipment unavailability, and ineffective teamwork. CONCLUSIONS: Although flow disruptions cannot be eliminated completely, specific targeted interventions are available to address the issues identified.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 05/2013; · 4.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: High-dose vancomycin is increasingly prescribed for critically ill trauma patients at risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia. Although trauma patients have multiple known risk factors for acute kidney injury (AKI), a link between vancomycin and AKI or mortality has not been established. We hypothesize that high vancomycin trough concentration (VT) after trauma is associated with AKI and increased mortality. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis from a single institution Level I trauma center. Data were reviewed for all adult trauma patients who were admitted between 2006 and 2010. Patients were included if they received intravenous vancomycin, had serum creatinine levels before and after vancomycin administration, and had at least one recorded VT. Patients were stratified by VT into four groups: VT1 = 0-10 mg/L, VT2 = 10.1-15 mg/L, VT3 = 15.1-20 mg/L, VT4 >20 mg/L. Multivariable logistic regression was performed to determine the association between VT, AKI, and mortality. RESULTS: Of the 6781 trauma patients reviewed, 263 (3.9%) fit inclusion criteria. Ninety-seven (36.9%) patients developed AKI and 25 (9.5%) died. AKI and mortality increased progressively with VT. Ninety-one patients (34.6%) had troughs >20 mg/L and VT4 was independently associated with AKI (AOR 4.7, P < 0.01) and mortality (AOR 4.8, P = 0.05). CONCLUSION: AKI is common in trauma patients who receive intravenous vancomycin. A supratherapeutic trough level of >20 mg/L is an independent predictor of AKI and mortality in trauma patients.
    Journal of Surgical Research 05/2013; · 2.12 Impact Factor

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  • 2009–2014
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
      • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
      Los Ángeles, California, United States
  • 2010–2012
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      • Department of Surgery
      Los Angeles, California, United States