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General Surgery Residency Program at Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Brian Figueroa, Sandra Nwani, Heather Grossman-Verner and Michael S. Truitt MD

Brian Figueroa, Sandra Nwani, Heather Grossman-Verner and Michael S. Truitt, MD

Residents are encouraged to perform clinical research, write scientific papers, and present at scientific meetings in conjunction with faculty mentors. The Methodist Graduate Medical Education Department will cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for all presentations of accepted papers at a conference.

Below are the publications and presentations/submissions by the general surgery residents for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Yearly Research Papers


  • Jackson T, Morgan J, Jackson D, Cook T, McLean K, Agrawal V, Taubman K, Kumar G, Truitt MS. Trends in surgeon wellness (Take a sad song and make it better): A comparison of surgical residents, fellows, and attendings. Am Surg 2019. Jun 1:85(6):579-586. PMID: 31267897.
  • Almahmoud K, Abboud A, Namas RA, Zamora R, Sperry J, Peitzman AB, Truitt MS, Gaski GE, McKinley TO, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Computational evidence for an early, amplified systemic inflammation program in polytrauma patients with severe extremity injuries. PLoS One. 2019 Jun 4;14(6):e0217577. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217577. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31163056.
  • Francis NK, Sylla P, Abou-Khalil M, Arolfo S, Berler D, Curtis NJ, Dolejs SC, Garfinkle R, Gorter-Stam M, Hashimoto DA, Hassinger TE, Molenaar CJL, Pucher PH…, Truitt MS, Kelly J, Kret H, Dunkin BJ, Pietrabissa A. EAES and SAGES 2018 consensus conference on acute diverticulitis management: evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. Surgical Endoscopy, 2019 June 27, 33(9)2726-2741. PMID: 31250244.
  • Roden-Foreman JW, Rapier NR, Foreman ML, Zagel AL, Sexton KW, Beck WC, McGraw C, Coniglio RA, Blackmore AR, Holzmacher J, Sarani B, Hess JC, Greenwell C, Adams CA Jr, Lueckel SN, Weaver M, Agrawal V, Amos JD, Workman CF, Milia DJ, Bertelson A, Dorlac W, Warne MJ, Cull J, Lyell CA, Regner JL, McGonigal MD, Flohr SD, Steen S, Nance ML, Campbell M, Putty B, Sherar D, Schroeppel TJ.
  • Rethinking the definition of major trauma: The Need For Trauma Intervention outperforms Injury Severity Score and Revised Trauma Score in 38 adult and pediatric trauma centers. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jun 24. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002402. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31205214.
  • Callcut RA, Kornblith LZ, Conroy AS, Robles AJ, Meizoso JP, Namias N, Meyer DE, Haymaker A, Truitt MS, Agrawal V, Haan JM, Lightwine KL, Porter JM, San Roman JL, Biffl WL, Hayashi MS, Sise MJ, Badiee J, Recinos G, Inaba K, Schroeppel TJ, Callaghan E, Dunn JA, Godin S, McIntyre RC Jr, Peltz ED, OʼNeill PJ, Diven CF, Scifres AM, Switzer EE, West MA, Storrs S, Cullinane DC, Cordova JF, Moore EE, Moore HB, Privette AR, Eriksson EA, Cohen MJ; Western Trauma Association Multicenter Study Group. The why and how our trauma patients die. A prospective multicenter Western Trauma Association Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 2019 May; 86(5):864-870. PMID: 30633095.
  • Harmon LA, Haase DJ, Kufera JA, Adnan S, Cabral D, Lottenberg L, Cunningham KW, Bonne S, Burges J, Rehbein JL, Semon G, Noorbakhsh MR, Cragun BN, Agrawal V, Truitt M, Marcotte J, Goldenberg A, Behbahaninia M, Keric N, Hammer PM, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Turay D, Chakravarthy V, Lalchandani P, Kim D, Chapin T, Dunn J, Portillo V, Schroeppel T, Stein DM. Infection After Penetrating Brain Injury - An EAST Multicenter Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Apr 25. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002327. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31033883.
  • Bankhead-Kendall B, Gutierrez T, Murry J, Holland D, Agrawal V, Almahmoud K, Pearcy C, Truitt MS. Antibiotics and open fractures of the lower extremity: Less is more. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2019 Feb; 45(1):125-129. PMID: 29248992.
  • Jackson, TN, Morgan JP, Jackson DL, Cook TR, McLean K, Agrawal V, Taubman KE, Truitt MS. The crossroads of posttraumatic stress disorder and physician burnout: A national review of United States trauma and nontrauma surgeons. Am Surg. 2019 Feb 85(2):127-135. PMID: 30819287.
  • Frazee R, Regner J, Truitt MS, Agrawal V, Swope M, Burlew CC, Dissanike S, Vangipurum D, Bruns B, O’Meara L, Stivers J, Kwok A, Grover BT, Kothari SN, Cibari C, Dunn J, McIntyre RC Jr, Wright F, Scherer EP, Crange C, Schroeppel TJ, Callaghan E, Gordy S, Todd R. The Southwestern Surgical Congress multi-center trial on suspected common duct stones. Am J Surg. 2019 Jan 2. pii: S0002-9610(18)30385-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.12.062. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30654919.
  • Gutierrez T, Hambright G, Mustafa T, Cahill A, Agrawal V, Truitt MS. Acute Care Surgery: Trauma, Critical Care: Emergency general surgery … Improved compliance with preventative health? Am Surg 2019. Jan; 85(1) e42-e44. PMID: 30760370.
  • Watkins JR, Pryor AD, Truitt MS, Jeyarajah DR. Perception versus reality: Elucidating motivation and expectations of current fellowship council minimally invasive surgery fellows. Surg Endosc 2018. Nov 32(11):4422-4427. PMID: 29667041.
  • Joseph B, Khan M, Truitt M, Jehan F, Kulvatunvou N, Azim A, Jain A, Zeeshan M, Tang A, O’Keeffe T. Massive Transfusion: The revised assessment of bleeding and transfusion (RABT Score). World J Surg, 2018 Nov; 42(11):3560-3567. PMID: 29785693.
  • Regner JL, Shaver CN, SWSC Multicenter Trials Group (Frazee R, Brooks, SE, Dissanike S, Brown CV, Pieracci FM, Burlew, CC, Davis JW, Dirks R, Dunn J. Dorlac W, Foreman ML, Rapier NR, Jawa R, Vosswinkel JA, Kobayashi I, Coimbra R, McNutt MK, Kao L, Morse BC, Scherer EP, Jenkins DH, Schroeppel T, Cribari C, Truitt M, Agrawal V, Tyroch AH. Determining the impact of culture on venous thromboembolism prevention in trauma patients: A Southwestern Surgical Congress Multicenter Trial. Am J Surg 2018. Nov 20. pii: S0002-9610(18)30396-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.11.005. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30503515.
  • Stein DM, Kozar RA, Livingston DH, Luchette F, Adams SD, Agrawal V, Arbabi S, Ballou J, Barraco RD, Bernard AC, Biff WL, Bosarge PL, Brasel KJ, Cooper Z, Efron PA, Fakhry SM, Hartline CA, Hwang F, Joseph BA, Kurek SJ, Moore FA, Mosenthal AC, Pathak AS, Truitt MS, Yelon JA, AAST Geriatric Trauma/ACS Committee. Geriatric trauma brain injury – What we know and what we don’t. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Oct 85(4):788-798. PMID. 30256343.

GME Journal:

  • Jackson T, Pearcy C, Khorgami Z, Agrawal V, Taubman K, and Truitt MS. The physician attrition crisis: A cross sectional survey of the risk factors for reduced job satisfaction among United States surgeons, GME Journal Summer 2018; pages 3-11.
  • Watkins J, Truitt MS, Osman H, Jeyarajah DK, Biologic Keyhole Mesh in Hiatal Hernia Repair, GME Journal Fall/Winter, March, 2019; pages 10-17.
  • Gutierrez T, Hambright GE, Mustafa T, Cahill A, Agrawal V, Truitt MS. Acute Care Surgery: Trauma, Critical Care, EGS … Improved Compliance with Preventative Health: GME Journal, Spring 2019, page 17.

Book Chapter:

  • Pearcy C, Alkhamesi N, Deramo P, Bradshaw R, Truitt MS. “Colon Emergencies”, SAGES Manual for Acute Care Surgery. Ed: Kevin Wright, Springer. In Press (2019).
  • Shifflette V, Lorenzo M. “Diverticulitis Aguda”. In: Trauma, Cirugia de Ugencia y Cuidados Intensivos. Tercera Edicion. SPT, Distribuna Editorial, Columbia.


  • Lorenzo M. G60 Geriatric Program. Trauma/Critical Care Symposium. Caracas, Venezuela, July 6, 2018.
  • Nordeck S, McKee D. 80 to 0 in under 5 seconds: Falsifying a medical patient’s vital signs. DEF CON 26, Las Vegas, NV, August 11, 2018.
  • Truitt, MS. UT Health Tyler: Hot Trauma Topics, 2018. Thoracic Trauma: Current Management. Tyler, TX. August 24, 2018.
  • Lorenzo M. Pan American Trauma Society Congress, Panel/Moderator. Consensus Session: Management of Fractures and Flail Chest; and Panel Management of Disaster Management Course, August 2018.
  • Lorenzo, M. Venezuelan Surgical Congress, Caracas. Geriatric Trauma: Our G60 Program. Caracas, Venezuela, August, 2018.
  • Truitt MS. Stop the Bleed. Committee on Trauma. Austin, TX. September 20-22, 2018.
  • Bentley-Kumar K and Mejia A. Video: Robotic repair of remote traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, 2018. Boston, MA, October 23, 2018.
  • Ghanem M. Resection of the excluded stomach due to severe bleeding following RYGB in a patient with Lynch Syndrome. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018, Boston, MA, October 23, 2018.
  • Ghanem M. Laparoscopic release of the arcuate ligament. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, 2018. Boston, MA, October 23, 2018.
  • Truitt MS. 24th Annual Trauma and Critical Care Symposium , Thoracic Trauma, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX, October 27, 2018.
  • Zhao Y, Brewington C, Nordeck Shaun, Hubbard L, et al. Comparison of novel whole nodule first pass analysis versus standard maximum slope model in the detection of lung malignancies using low-dose CT perfusion. Radiologic Society of North American Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2018.
  • Bentley-Kumar K, Kukreja S. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Duodenal Switch. Oral Video Presentation. Texas American Bariatric Society, Houston, TX, February 2019.
  • Ghanem M, Kukreja S. Incarcerated Paraesophageal hernia after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Video Presentation, Texas American Bariatric Society, Houston, TX, February 2019.
  • Bentley-Kumar K, Truitt MS. Traumatized residents – It’s not surgery, It’s Medicine. North Texas Chapter of the ACS, Dallas, TX, February 2019.
  • Pearcy C. Pre-Injury substance use is associated with delirium and worse clinical outcomes in the ICU. North Texas Chapter of the ACS, Dallas, TX, February 22-23, 2019.
  • Shifflette V. Moderator of Session, North Texas Chapter of the ACS, Dallas, TX, Scientific Session 2. Trauma. February 2019.
  • Nordeck S. General Surgery Grand Rounds, Methodist Dallas, Hacking Medical Device. April 5, 2019.
  • Truitt MS. Diverticulitis. SAGES, Baltimore, MD, April 4, 2019.
  • Jackson T, Truitt MS. Traumatized Residents – It’s not surgery. It’s medicine. Surgical Education Week (APDS), Chicago, IL, April 25, 2019.
  • Agrawal V, Dhoble C, Mustafa T, Blasingame J, Pearcy C, Aramoonie A, Amos D, Truitt MS. Pre-Injury substance abuse is predicative of delirium and clinical outcomes in the ICU. Southwestern Surgical Congress, Huntington Beach, CA, April 2019.
  • Lorenzo, M. 6th International Symposium in Trauma, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Havana, Cuba. Courses: Disaster Preparedness Course and the Ultrasound Course. Presentations on VATS, Hemothorax and Chest Trauma, April 28 – May 5, 2019.
  • Ghanem M, Jawad M. Single-stage robot-assisted Conversion of Gastric Bypass to Loop Duodenal. ASMBS Weekend 2019, Chicago, IL, June 2019.
  • Ghanem M, Jawad M. Robot-Assisted Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch in Morbidly Obese Patient. ASMBS Weekend 2019, Chicago, IL, June 2019.
  • Ghanem M, Kukreja S. Robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass duodenal Switch. Oral Video Presentation. ASMBS Weekend 2019, Chicago, IL, June 2019.
  • Nordeck S, McKee D. Inducing arrhythmias: Feasibility of Hacking Patient Telemetry. Quality and Safety Conference, Washington, DC, July, 2019.