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The Department has a one-year funded research position which is filled by a physician who has satisfactorily completed an approved residency in General Surgery. The research fellow conducts and participates in ongoing basic science and clinical colorectal research under the direction of the Jennifer Paruch, MD our Head of Colorectal Surgery Research.

Colon and Rectal fellows are urged to conduct clinical research using existing clinical datasets. In addition, they are invited to participate in on-going clinical studies conducted by staff members of the department. Colon and Rectal fellows are required to write at least one paper for possible publication or presentation at a national meeting during the academic year. They are given the opportunity of attending at least one national meeting during the year with expenses paid. In addition, financial assistance is available for fellows who are presenting papers at other major national meetings.

Jennifer Paruch, MD

Jennifer Paruch, MD
Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery Research

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  • Ofshteyn A, Jiang B, Bingmer K, Nakayama JM, Gallego C, Giglia M, Stein SL, Steinhagen E. Prophylactic Gynecologic Surgery at Time of Colectomy Benefits Women with Lynch Syndrome and Colon Cancer: A Markov Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2020 Oct;63(10):1393-1402. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001681. PMID: 32969882.
  • Hakes NA, Kethman WC, Spain D, Nassar AK. Mobile application-based guidelines to enhance patient care and provider education in trauma and acute care surgery. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020 Jul 23;5(1):e000479. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2020-000479. PMID: 32760809; PMCID: PMC7380731.
  • Brooks NE, Idrees JJ, Steinhagen E, Giglia M, Stein SL. The impact of enteric fistulas on US hospital systems. Am J Surg. 2020 Jul 6:S0002-9610(20)30369-X. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.06.017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32778398.
  • Wood LS, Chandler JM, Portelli KE, Taylor JS, Kethman WC, Wall JK. Treating children with achalasia using per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM): Twenty-one cases in review. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Jun;55(6):1006-1012. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2020.02.028. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32197825.
  • McChesney SL, Canter DJ, Monlezun DJ, Green H, Margolin DA. Modified Frailty Index Predicts Postoperative Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Radical Pelvic Surgery. Am Surg. 2020 Feb 1;86(2):95-103. PMID: 32167059.
  • Kethman WC, Harris AHS, Morris AM, Shelton A, Kirilcuk N, Kin C. Oncologic and Perioperative Outcomes of Laparoscopic, Open, and Robotic Approaches for Rectal Cancer Resection: A Multicenter, Propensity Score-Weighted Cohort Study. Dis Colon Rectum. 2020 Jan;63(1):46-52. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001534. PMID: 31764247.
  • Klinger AL, Kann BR. Endoscopy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Surg Clin North Am. 2019 Dec;99(6):1063-1082. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2019.08.005. Epub 2019 Sep 26. PMID: 31676048.
  • Moret R, Hellmers L, Zhang X, Gills J, Hite N, Klinger A, Maresh GA, Canter D, Bardot S, Margolin DA, Li L. Patient-derived Orthotopic Xenograft Models for Human Urothelial Cell Carcinoma and Colorectal Cancer Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis. J Vis Exp. 2019 May 12;(147). doi: 10.3791/59223. PMID: 31132059.
  • Giglia MD, Stein SL. Overlooked Long-Term Complications of Colorectal Surgery. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2019 May;32(3):204-211. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1677027. Epub 2019 Apr 2. PMID: 31061651; PMCID: PMC6494605.
  • Ferrara M, Kann BR. Urological Injuries during Colorectal Surgery. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2019 May;32(3):196-203. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1677026. Epub 2019 Apr 2. PMID: 31061650; PMCID: PMC6494609.
  • Fleshman J, Branda ME, Sargent DJ, Boller AM, George VV, Abbas MA, Peters WR Jr, Maun DC, Chang GJ, Herline A, Fichera A, Mutch MG, Wexner SD, Whiteford MH, Marks J, Birnbaum E, Margolin DA, Larson DW, Marcello PW, Posner MC, Read TE, Monson JRT, Wren SM, Pisters PWT, Nelson H. Disease-free Survival and Local Recurrence for Laparoscopic Resection Compared With Open Resection of Stage II to III Rectal Cancer: Follow-up Results of the ACOSOG Z6051 Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Surg. 2019 Apr;269(4):589-595. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003002. PMID: 30080730; PMCID: PMC6360134.
  • Jiang B, Ofshteyn A, Idrees JJ, Giglia M, Gallego C, Stein SL, Steinhagen E; University Hospitals Research in Surgical Outcome & Effectiveness (UH-RISES). Total abdominal colectomy is cost-effective in treating colorectal cancer in patients with genetically diagnosed Lynch Syndrome. Am J Surg. 2019 Nov;218(5):928-933. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.03.011. Epub 2019 Mar 16. PMID: 30904142.
  • Kethman WC, Shelton EA, Kin C, Morris AM, Shelton AA. Effects of Colorectal Surgery Classification on Reported Postoperative Surgical Site Infections. J Surg Res. 2019 Apr;236:340-344. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.12.005. Epub 2019 Jan 4. PMID: 30694775.
  • Salmon M, Schaheen B, Spinosa M, Montgomery W, Pope NH, Davis JP, Johnston WF, Sharma AK, Owens GK, Merchant JL, Zehner ZE, Upchurch GR Jr, Ailawadi G. ZFP148 (Zinc-Finger Protein 148) Binds Cooperatively With NF-1 (Neurofibromin 1) to Inhibit Smooth Muscle Marker Gene Expression During Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2019 Jan;39(1):73-88. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.311136. Erratum in: Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2019 Jul;39(7):e175. PMID: 30580567; PMCID: PMC6422047.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Birnbaum EH, Ricciardi R, Margolin DA, Moesinger RC, Lichliter WE, Thomas JS, Bergamaschi R. Impact of a Novel Surgical Wound Protection Device on Observed versus Expected Surgical Site Infection Rates after Colectomy Using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Risk Calculator. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2019 Jan;20(1):35-38. doi: 10.1089/sur.2018.112. Epub 2018 Sep 20. PMID: 30234435.
  • Papaconstantinou HT, Ricciardi R, Margolin DA, Bergamaschi R, Moesinger RC, Lichliter WE, Birnbaum EH. A Novel Wound Retractor Combining Continuous Irrigation and Barrier Protection Reduces Incisional Contamination in Colorectal Surgery. World J Surg. 2018 Sep;42(9):3000-3007. doi: 10.1007/s00268-018-4568-z. PMID: 29523908.
  • Huffaker MF, Carchia M, Harris BU, Kethman WC, Murphy TE, Sakarovitch CCD, Qin F, Cornfield DN. Passive Nocturnal Physiologic Monitoring Enables Early Detection of Exacerbations in Children with Asthma. A Proof-of-Concept Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Aug 1;198(3):320-328. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201712-2606OC. PMID: 29688023; PMCID: PMC6835062.
  • Hite N, Klinger A, Hellmers L, Maresh GA, Miller PE, Zhang X, Li L, Margolin DA. An Optimal Orthotopic Mouse Model for Human Colorectal Cancer Primary Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2018 Jun;61(6):698-705. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001096. PMID: 29722728.
  • Hite N, Klinger AL, Miller P, Beck DE, Whitlow CB, Hicks TC, Green HM, Margolin DA. Clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix) does not increase bleeding complications in patients undergoing rubber band ligation for symptomatic hemorrhoids. J Surg Res. 2018 Sep;229:230-233. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 May 2. PMID: 29936995.
  • Kethman WC, Harris AHS, Hawn MT, Wall JK. Trends and surgical outcomes of laparoscopic versus open pyloromyotomy. Surg Endosc. 2018 Jul;32(7):3380-3385. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6060-0. Epub 2018 Jan 16. PMID: 29340829; PMCID: PMC6383511.