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Department of Surgery News and Stories


Community    Pediatrics    Urology

How to Recognize and Protect Young Male Athletes From Genital Injuries

With summer sports such as baseball, soccer, and tennis in full swing, male athletes of all ages need to be aware of the potential for injuries to the scrotum and penis — and how to protect themselves. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Liver Cancer    Public Health    Pediatrics    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Pediatric surgery

Spotlighting Disparities in Pediatric Liver Cancer Treatment

Jonathan Hills-Dunlap, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, has long been interested in health care disparities, in particular how racial and socioeconomic differences affect the surgical care that children receive.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 21, 2024
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Pediatrics    Urology

Does Some Chemotherapy Cause Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Children? 

As an associate professor of urology in the University of Colorado Department of SurgeryNicholas Cost, MD, was used to treating children with urologic cancers such as bladder cancer and kidney cancer. But when he began receiving referrals of children with other types of cancer who were having urinary tract issues, he became curious. Was there something about cancer treatment that was causing these young patients to develop lower urinary tract dysfunction? 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 11, 2024
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Community    Pediatrics

Keeping Children Safe From Fireplace Burns 

On a cold winter’s day, few things are as inviting as a warm roaring fire. But if you have toddlers in the home, it’s best to leave your gas fireplace off and watch a festive yule log on TV instead. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Research    Pediatrics

Examining Health Disparities in Pediatric Surgical Care 

As the child of a mother who immigrated to the U.S. from Peru, Jonathan Hills-Dunlap, MD, MPH, was aware at an early age of the disparities that exist within the health care system. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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Research    Pediatrics    Urology

What is Hypospadias? 

Though it affects around one in every 150 male births, chances are good you have never heard of hypospadias — a condition in which the penis, rather than having a hole at the tip through which urine passes, has a hole on the underside. It’s a condition that can cause issues with urination, as well as sexual function, if it isn’t corrected early. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 08, 2023
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Research    Plastic Surgery    Pediatrics    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Grant Will Help CU Researchers Develop Better Treatment for Craniosynostosis

A $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) will help researchers at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery and Colorado School of Public Health develop better treatment methods for children diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a present-at-birth condition in which a baby’s skull plates fuse together too early, before the brain is fully formed.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 12, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Community    Pediatrics

Button Huggie Wins Shark Tank Award at National Conference

An innovative device designed to secure gastrostomy buttons recently won the Shark Tank challenge at the 2022 North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) annual meeting.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date December 09, 2022
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Community    Pediatrics    Urology

Consistent Bathroom Habits Can Help Minimize UTI Risk in Children

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are among the most commonly diagnosed bacterial infections in children. While the incidence of UTI is highest in a child’s first year, they can be a concern throughout childhood.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 21, 2022
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Research    Pediatrics    Urology

Pediatric Patients Undergoing Surgical Stent Removal Report Minimal Amounts of Postsurgical Pain

Pediatric patients did not experience a significant difference in pain levels following ureteral stent removal between those who took a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine before the procedure and those who didn’t, new research reports.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 15, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Plastic Surgery    Pediatrics

Improving Treatment for Infants With Cleft Lip and Palate 

Kristen Lowe, DDS, MS, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has received a grant from Align Technologies, the company that makes the Invisalign tooth-straightening system. The grant will support Lowe in developing more efficient ways to treat infants with cleft lip and palate. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 05, 2022
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Research    Pediatrics

CU Surgery Faculty Member Contributes to Study on Traumatic Injuries Caused By Exploding E-cigarettes 

The dangers of using electronic cigarettes are well known when it comes to the potential for addiction and lung injury, but new research published in the Journal of Surgical Research finds another cause for concern when it comes to e-cigarettes: the potential for the vaping devices to explode during use.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 13, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Pediatrics    Urology

Transitioning Pediatric Urology Patients to Adult Care 

For children with urologic disorders, the relationships they form early on with their urologists often turn out to be among the most important connections of their young lives.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 02, 2022
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Patient Care    Pediatrics

U.S. News Ranks Pediatric Surgical Specialties Provided by DOS Faculty Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report released its 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this week, placing three pediatric surgical specialties at Children’s Hospital Colorado provided by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty in the top 10, including No. 1 for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date June 17, 2020
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Department of Surgery In the News

Denver 7

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s New Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Surgery Clinic Is Breaking down Barriers

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateApril 13, 2024

Jose Diaz-Miron, MD, assistant professor of pediatric surgery has made it his mission to make healthcare more approachable for families in Colorado by launching a Spanish-speaking pediatric surgery clinic. It's the first of its kind in Colorado.

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American College of Surgeons

New Technologies, Approaches Help Surgeons Maximize the Use of Transplant Organs

news outletAmerican College of Surgeons
Publish DateApril 10, 2024

“Being more aggressive with donor offers and looking at marginal donors can help get people organs more quickly and reduce death on the waitlist,” said Jordan Hoffman, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery and surgical director of heart and lung transplantation at the University of Colorado.

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Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Recommended for Men Over Age 65, Especially for Men Who Have Smoked

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateFebruary 28, 2024
A one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm for men over 65 has been shown to reduce the risk of rupture by about half.
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Colorado School of Mines Student Returns To Wrestling Team After Car Accident Forced Devastating Leg Amputation

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateFebruary 22, 2024

“Wrestling is a difficult sport. It’s both a team and a one-on-one sport that requires endurance, strength, and mental toughness,” said Matthew Lorio, MD, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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