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Department of Surgery News and Stories


Research    Trauma

CU Surgery Resident Lauren Gallagher, MD, Wins American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma’s Resident and Fellow Trauma Paper Competition

Lauren Gallagher, MD, a fourth-year resident in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, was recognized for her research by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in March, winning first place in the organization’s annual Resident and Fellow Trauma Paper Competition during its annual meeting in Chicago. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 24, 2024
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Research    Education    Trauma    GITES

CU Surgery Residents Win Big in Western Trauma Association Paper Competition

Two residents from the University of Colorado Department of Surgery took home top honors in the resident paper competition at the annual meeting of the Western Trauma Association, which took place February 25 through March 1 in Snowmass, Colorado.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Research    Trauma    GITES

Trauma and Transfusions: Unraveling the Right Approach to Blood Clotting Issues

The blood holds mysteries to healing that we’re only beginning to understand.

Franklin Wright, MD, associate professor of GI, trauma, and endocrine surgery in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, is advancing what is known about blood – specifically, the balance between too much bleeding and too much clotting.

Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Research    Public Health    Trauma    Pediatric surgery

Pediatric Trauma Surgery Patients with Higher Social Vulnerability Experience Worse Post-Surgical Outcomes

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) is an important tool that ranks each U.S. Census tract on 16 social factors – including poverty, crowded housing, and lack of vehicle access – to help identify communities and populations at greater risk for poor health outcomes during emergencies.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 30, 2023
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Research    Trauma    lungs

Why Older Lungs Don’t Respond as Well to Trauma 

Why are older people at higher risk for lung injury, especially after trauma? The answer may lie in the macrophages, the immune cells that live in the air spaces of the lungs. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 17, 2022
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Research    Education    Community    Trauma    GITES

CU School of Medicine Surgery Residents Take First, Second Place in Trauma Paper Competition

Two general surgery residents at the University of Colorado School of Medicine — Margot DeBot, MD, and TJ Schaid, MD — placed first and second, respectively, in the District 8 regional competition for the 2022 American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma Paper Competition in early December. DeBot and Schaid are both T32 NIH research fellows in the CU Trauma Lab.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 17, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Trauma    GITES

From Trauma to Triumph

Trapped by a fire in her Aurora apartment building, Alina Miller was forced to jump from a fourth-story window to escape the flames. The fall left her with a broken back and a crushed foot.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 09, 2019
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Press Coverage    Trauma

#ThisIsOurLane in Colorado, too

A sign hung above Trinity and Bryan Raymond in their temporary home.

Author The Denver Post | Publish Date November 23, 2018
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Patient Care    Community    Trauma    GITES

University of Colorado Hospital recognized as Level I Trauma Center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the American College of Surgeons have designated UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital a Level I trauma center, making it one of only five hospitals in the state with the highest capabilities for trauma care.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 12, 2018
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Department of Surgery In the News

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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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