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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Some of you may know that the pre-clerkship curriculum for medical students is undergoing revision with a proposed start date of August 2016. This new program will be highly integrated for medical students within and across weeks.  It will include the integration of basic science and clinical medicine. There will be fewer passive lectures, and an emphasis on feedback to the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, there will be the inclusion of significant free time for medical students to shadow mentors, to perform self-study, and/or to pursue parallel degree programs (e.g. MD/PhD).  In this newly designed curriculum, hundreds of hours of poorly attended lectures will be discarded, dozens of hours of poorly attended seminars will go, and the “binge and purge” method of studying for tests will be eliminated. You will be pleased to know that excellence in clinical competence, enhancement of individual opportunities for learning, and effective teaching activities such as ASCM, community-based activities, and PBL cases will stay. What is new is a highly integrated, centrally-planned program with emphasis on the social and cognitive sciences, and more lower stakes assessments with emphasis on feedback.  The design of the new curriculum will require an increasing commitment from the clinical Departments, such as ours, for unit leaders, section leaders, and leads for the individual weeks.  While the Faculty of Medicine continues to work out the details of the launch of the new medical school curriculum in the pre-clerkship years, I do hope that you will consider becoming involved in the teaching of medical students in your area of expertise and interest. If any of you are particularly interested in serving as leaders in undergraduate medical education when the new curriculum is launched, please do not hesitate to let me know.

 

Sincerely,  


James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Chair
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Department of Surgery University Rounds
Harland Smith Lecture
Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Li Ka Shing Auditorium 
St Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Julian Pribaz, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.
“Preparation for facial transplantation – Lessons learned from anatomical dissections and clinical experience with our first 7 cases”.
 
Visiting Professor in Injury Prevention
Professor Frederick Rivara, University of Washington
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
 
“Gun violence: research on prevention and its uses in advocacy”     
Time:             12:00 pm
Location:      Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
 Evaluative Clinical Sciences Rounds
 G–Wing Conference Centre (ICES)

“Sports concussion in youth: what we know and what we don’t”
Time:             3:00 pm
Location:      Hospital for Sick Children
 Daniels Hollywood Theatre Room 1246 Black Wing 1st Floor
 
Department of Surgery Hockey Tournament
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Varsity Arena
If you would like to play, please contact Stephanie at s.neilson@utoronto.ca
 


RECENT EVENTS  

Department of Surgery University Rounds
Kergin Lecture
The Skeptical Scalpel was this year’s Kergin Lecturer at the Li Ka Shing Auditorium, 
St Michael’s Hospital on Friday, February 6, 2015.  The title of his talk was “Social Media:  What’s in it for me?” From left to right:  SS, J. Rutka

 

Balfour Lecture
Dr. Charles Bosk, University of Pennsylvania was the inaugural Balfour Lecturer on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Peter Gilligan Centre. The title of his lecture was
 “Mistakes Have Changed: 40 Years of Watching Surgeons Create Accountability”
From left to right: M. McNeally, C. Bosk



Farewell Dinner for Darina Landa
On January 20, 2015, a night of appreciation was held for Darina Landa for all of her contributions as Senior Development Officer in the Department of Surgery.   From left to right:  (back row) Z. Cohen, C. Forrest, R. Nam, D. Latter, T. Lindsay, N. Fleshner, A. Howard; (front row) J.Rutka, D. Landa, A. Lozano


 
NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

In Memoriam
Dr. Gordon McLorie (Surgery Alumnus)
passed away on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Dr. McLorie was a paediatric urologist and one of the earliest partners in Canadian urology at Sickkids Hospital from 1982 where he remained until 2003.
 


Dr. John Evans (President Emeritus) passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015.  He was the 9th President at the University of Toronto from1972 to 1978. 
 
Mr. Joseph Rotman passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The University of Toronto’s business school was named after Mr. Rotman in 1997 after he pledged more than $15-million in donations.  Mr. Rotman was a philanthropist who had a profound impact on higher education, health care, innovation and the arts.  Mr. Rotman also helped found Toronto’s Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Discovery District in 2005; the innovation hub assists entrepreneurs in launching businesses using medical technologies. He remained a director on the MaRS board.
 
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto Website
Our website has been recently updated.  If you have the site bookmarked, you may be having trouble accessing it.  Please be sure the bookmark reads www.surgery.utoronto.ca with no page # at the end.

Andres Lozano (Neurosurgery) was featured on the CTV National News, February 4, 2015.  A recent technique used by the team involving electrical brain stimulation to treat Alzheimer’s disease resulted in findings that were completely unexpected. http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-headlines/canadian-researchers-use-electricity-to-stimulate-brains-of-alzheimer-s-patients-1.2221623
 



Nikki Woods (Research Education) has been appointed as the Director of the (CACE), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at Women’s College Hospital, commencing 2 February 2015 for a five year term. Dr. Woods is an Assistant Professor and Director of Education Evaluation in the Department of Surgery.  She is also currently the Interim Director of The Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine at University Health Network.  Dr. Woods joined the University of Toronto in 2007 and has led a very successful program of research in health professions education. As the Associate Director of CACE since 2013, Dr. Woods has helped to lead a variety of research and education initiatives at Women’s College Hospital and across the Faculty of Medicine and TAHSN networks.  Congratulations Nikki!
 
Zane Cohen Clinical Fellowship Achievement Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Zane Cohen Clinical Fellowship Achievement Award.  Deadline:  March 31, 2015.  Please submit to David Latter, MD, Director of Clinical Fellowship, Department of Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond St, Toronto, ON  M4B 1W8  Email: latterd@smh.ca
 
Continuing Appointment Review (CAR)
The following Continuing Appointment Review (CAR) took place in February under the leadership of Ori Rotstein, Associate Chair, Department of Surgery.  
 
Martin Koyle joined the Division of Urology in 2011 as Division Head at The Hospital for Sick Children and Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto.   Dr. Koyle received his MD from the University of Manitoba, residency and fellowship at Los Angeles, USC Medical Center, Harvard University, and in San Francisco.  Dr. Koyle is known for his innovations and contributions to the fields of paediatric urology and transplantation.  He was the first to publish on laparoscopic nephrectomy in infants, introduced the MACE (Malone Antegrade Continence Enema), the Bianchi technique (single incision orchidopexy) and the Bracka hypospadias repair to North America, and also exported the tubularized incised urethral plate hypospadias repair (Snodgrass technique) beyond North America to Europe and Asia. He has contributed over 200 publications and chapters to the literature.  Left to right:  N. Fleshner, M. Koyle, C. Caldarone
 
 
RECENT TWEETS
Feb 26
Congrats to Dr. Agostino Pierro on being named Officer of the Order of the British Empire! ‪http://ow.ly/JGrAA 
 
Feb 12
Dr Charles Bosk delivers inaugural Balfour Lecture in the Department of Surgery on 40 years of tracking surgeon error
 
Feb 11
‪#grandrounds‪ this morning: Dr. David Urbach “Six impossible things before breakfast.”
 
Feb 6
Ren-ke Li president of SCBA welcomes guests at Chinese New Year Party at Dim Sum King Restaurant!
 
Feb 6
‪@Royal_College:How ‪@UofTSurgery Andres Lozano ‪#FRCSC found way to reverse impact of ‪#Alzheimers ‪http://bit.ly/1v0VFKh  HT ‪@uoftmedicine

Feb 6
The skeptical scalpel has left the city after a wonderful lecture this am.
  
Feb 6
‪@UofTSurgery‪ Chair @JamesRutka introduces the 2015 Kergin Lecturer, the @Skepticscalpel!
 
Feb 6
Skeptical scalpel presenting at university rounds today, 7:30 am, st mikes. Hope to see you there!
 
Feb 4
‪@SickKidsNews: Surgeon Dr. Darius Bagli tickles the ivories in the Atrium ‪#tsopiano ‪@TorontoSymphony‪@UofTSurgery
 
Feb 4
Michael Taylor Neurosurgery shown with Federal Health Minister Hon Rona Ambrose at Sick Kids.
 
Feb 4
SickKids’ Dr. Michael Taylor explaining his research to ‪@MinRonaAmbrose on her visit. ‪#SKResearch
 
Feb 4
Thanks ‪@MinRonaAmbrose ‪@cancersociety ‪@BrainCanada for visiting for this exciting announcement! ‪#WorldCancerDay
 
Feb 4
Breakfast with the Chairman and a discussion about a life in surgery! 

 
HONOURS AND AWARDS
 
Allan Lossing (Vascular Surgery) has been awarded with a Champion of Telemedicine Award by the Ontario Telemedicine Network. 
 
Allan Lossing (Vascular Surgery) has received the 2014 Squires-Hyland Trust James Waddell Mentoring Award, St. Michael’s Hospital for teaching and guidance to young physicians and surgeons over the years. 
 
Agostino Pierro (General Surgery) has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).   The Order of the British Empire recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds.
 
Gelareh Zadeh (Neurosurgery) is the recipient of the American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. 
 
 
HIGH IMPACT PAPERS HOT OFF THE PRESS

Armstrong KA, Coyte PC, Semple JL.  The First Smartphone Application for Microsurgery Monitoring: SilpaRamanitor.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;135(2):458e.
 
Bhandari M, Devereaux PJ, Einhorn TA, Thabane L, Schemitsch EH, Koval KJ, Frihagen F, Poolman RW, Tetsworth K, Guerra-Farfán E, Madden K, Sprague S, Guyatt G; HEALTH Investigators.  Hip fracture evaluation with alternatives of total hip arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty (HEALTH): protocol for a multicentre randomised trial.  BMJ Open. 2015 Feb 13;5(2):e006263..
 
Bischof DA, Kim Y, Dodson R, Jimenez MC, Behman R, Cocieru A, Fisher SB, Groeschl RT, Squires MH 3rd, Maithel SK, Blazer DG 3rd, Kooby DA, Gamblin TC, Bauer TW, Quereshy FA, Karanicolas PJ, Law CH, Pawlik TM.  Conditional Disease-Free Survival After Surgical Resection of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: A Multi-institutional Analysis of 502 Patients.  JAMA Surg. 2015 Feb 11.
 
Braga LH, Lorenzo AJ.  The Changing Elaboration of Inhibin B in Patients with Unilateral Testicular Maldescent vs Vanished Testis.  J Urol. 2015 Feb 17.
 
Brüggemann N, Kühn A, Schneider SA, Kamm C, Wolters A, Krause P, Moro E, Steigerwald F, Wittstock M, Tronnier V, Lozano AM, Hamani C, Poon YY, Zittel S, Wächter T, Deuschl G, Krüger R, Kupsch A, Münchau A, Lohmann K, Volkmann J, Klein C.  Short- and long-term outcome of chronic pallidal neurostimulation in monogenic isolated dystonia.  Neurology. 2015 Feb 4.
 
Calayag M, Malone CC, Drake B, Chavhan G, Rutka JT. Fetal ovarian cyst mimicking a CSF pseudocyst in the setting of shunt failure. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Jan;15(1):89-91.
 
Cowger J, Rao V, Massey T, Sun B, May-Newman K, Jorde U, Estep JD.  Comprehensive review and suggested strategies for the detection and management of aortic insufficiency in patients with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device.  J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Feb;34(2):149-57.
 
Cui Z, Li RK.  Feel isolated? Bridging communication between host myocardium and skeletal myoblast grafts.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):357-9.
 
Cypel M, Keshavjee S.  Extending the donor pool: rehabilitation of poor organs.
Thorac Surg Clin. 2015;25(1):27-33.
 
da Costa L, Houlden D, Rubenfeld G, Tymianski M, Fisher J, Fierstra J. Impaired cerebrovascular reactivity in the early phase of subarachnoid hemorrhage in good clinical grade patients does not predict vasospasm. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2015;120:249-53.
 
da Costa L, Fisher J, Mikulis DJ, Tymianski M, Fierstra J. Early identification of brain tissue at risk for delayed cerebral ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2015;120:105-9.
 
de Boo L, Pintilie M, Yip P, Baniel J, Fleshner N, Margel D.  Time from first detectable PSA following radical prostatectomy to biochemical recurrence: A competing risk analysis.  Can Urol Assoc J. 2015 Jan-Feb;9(1-2):E14-21.
 
Dedy NJ, Szasz P, Louridas M, Bonrath EM, Husslein H, Grantcharov TP.  Objective structured assessment of nontechnical skills: Reliability of a global rating scale for the in-training assessment in the operating room.  Surgery. 2015 Feb 19.
 
Duerden EG, Taylor MJ, Lee M, McGrath PA, Davis KD, Roberts W.  Decreased sensitivity to thermal stimuli in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Relation to symptomatology and cognitive ability.  J Pain. 2015 Feb 19.
 
Emami H, Singh P, MacNabb M, Vucic E, Lavender Z, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Lehrer-Graiwer J, Korsgren M, Figueroa AL, Fredrickson J, Rubin B, Hoffmann U, Truong QA, Min JK, Baruch A, Nasir K, Nahrendorf M, Tawakol A.  Splenic Metabolic Activity Predicts Risk of Future Cardiovascular Events: Demonstration of a Cardiosplenic Axis in Humans.  JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Feb;8(2):121-30. 
 
Floh AA, Nakada M, La Rotta G, Mah K, Herridge JE, Van Arsdell G, Schwartz SM.  Systemic Inflammation Increases Energy Expenditure Following Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass.  Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015 Feb 3.
 
Frémont P, Bradley L, Tator CH, Skinner J, Fischer LK; Canadian Concussion Collaborative. Recommendations for policy development regarding sport-related concussion prevention and management in Canada. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Jan;49(2):88-9.
 
Ghai S, Trachtenberg J.  In-bore MRI interventions: current status and future applications.  Curr Opin Urol. 2015 Feb 18.
 
Haerle SK, Daly MJ, Chan H, Vescan A, Witterick I, Gentili F, Zadeh G, Kucharczyk W, Irish JC. Localized Intraoperative Virtual Endoscopy (LIVE) for Surgical Guidance in 16 Skull Base Patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jan;152(1):165-71.
 
Haji FA, Clarke DB, Matte MC, Brandman DM, Brien S, de Ribaupierre S, O'Kelly  C, Christie S, McDonald PJ, Kulkarni AV, Walling S, MacLeod A. Teaching for the Transition: the Canadian PGY-1 Neurosurgery 'Rookie Camp'. Can J Neurol Sci. 2015 Jan 9:1-9.
 
Holcomb JB, Tilley BC, Baraniuk S, Fox EE, Wade CE, Podbielski JM, del Junco DJ, Brasel KJ, Bulger EM, Callcut RA, Cohen MJ, Cotton BA, Fabian TC, Inaba K, Kerby JD, Muskat P, O'Keeffe T, Rizoli S, Robinson BR, Scalea TM, Schreiber MA, Stein DM, Weinberg JA, Callum JL, Hess JR, Matijevic N, Miller CN, Pittet JF, Hoyt DB, Pearson GD, Leroux B, van Belle G; PROPPR Study Group.  Transfusion of plasma, platelets, and red blood cells in a 1:1:1 vs a 1:1:2 ratio and mortality in patients with severe trauma: the PROPPR randomized clinical trial.  JAMA. 2015 Feb 3;313(5):471-82.
 
Hussain N, Yankanah R, Wright JG.  The Validity of Level of Evidence Ratings of Articles Submitted to JBJS.  J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jan 21;97(2):e8. Review.
 
Ibrahim GM, Bernstein M. Models of Neurosurgery International Aid and their Potential Ethical Pitfalls. Virtual Mentor. 2015 Jan 1;17(1):49-55.
 
Ibrahim GM, Morgan BR, Doesburg SM, Taylor MJ, Pang EW, Donner E, Go CY, Rutka JT, Snead OC 3rd.  Atypical language laterality is associated with large-scale disruption of network integration in children with intractable focal epilepsy.  Cortex. 2015 Jan 24;65C:83-88.
 
Jain S, Loblaw A, Vesprini D, Zhang L, Kattan MW, Mamedov A, Jethava V, Sethukavalan P, Yu C, Klotz L.  Gleason Upgrading with Time in a Large Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Cohort.  J Urol. 2015 Feb 4.
 
Kepler CK, Vaccaro AR, Koerner JD, Dvorak MF, Kandziora F, Rajasekaran S, Aarabi B, Vialle LR, Fehlings MG, Schroeder GD, Reinhold M, Schnake KJ, Bellabarba C, Cumhur Öner F. Reliability analysis of the AOSpine thoracolumbar spine injury classification system by a worldwide group of naïve spinal surgeons. Eur Spine J. 2015 Jan 20.
 
Kopjar B, Tetreault L, Kalsi-Ryan S, Fehlings M. Psychometric properties of the modified Japanese orthopaedic association scale in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 1;40(1):E23-8.
  
Kotani Y, Zhu J, Grosse-Wortmann L, Honjo O, Coles JG, Van Arsdell GS, Caldarone CA.  Anatomical risk factors, surgical treatment, and clinical outcomes of left-sided pulmonary vein obstruction in single-ventricle patients.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec 4.
 
La Scala GC, Fisher DM.  A modified v-y chondromucosal composite flap for correction of secondary cleft nasal deformity: photogrammetric analysis of a case-control study.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;135(2):457e.
 
Lawson F, Schuurman N, Amram O, Nathens AB.  A geospatial analysis of the relationship between neighbourhood socioeconomic status and adult severe injury in Greater Vancouver.  Inj Prev. 2015 Feb 18.
 
Lipsman N, Woodside DB, Lozano AM. Neurocircuitry of limbic dysfunction in anorexia nervosa. Cortex. 2015 Jan;62C:109-118.
 
Lo KC, Yildiz C, Zhu Y, Lambourne MD, Mullen JB, Samplaski MK, Jarvi KA, McKerlie C.  Human fetal testicular tissue xenotransplantation - A platform to study the effect of gonadotropins on human germ cell development in utero.  J Urol. 2015 Feb 2.
 
Lovren F, Teoh H, Verma S.  Obesity and Atherosclerosis: Mechanistic Insights.
Can J Cardiol. 2015 Feb;31(2):177-183.
 
Luk A, Cusimano RJ, Butany J.  Pathologic evaluation of 28 Mitroflow pericardial valves: a 12-year experience.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jan;99(1):48-54.
 
Maass SW, Bagher S, Hofer SO, Baxter NN, Zhong T.  Systematic Review: Aesthetic Assessment of Breast Reconstruction Outcomes by Healthcare Professionals.  Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb 18.
 
Mariappan R, Venkatraghavan L, Vertanian A, Agnihotri S, Cynthia S, Reyhani S, Tung T, Khan OH, Zadeh G. Serum lactate as a potential biomarker of malignancy in primary adult brain tumours. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan;22(1):144-8.
 
McGarry P, Alrabeeah K, Jarvi K, Zini A.  Is varicocelectomy beneficial in men previously deemed subfertile but with normal semen parameters based on the new guidelines? A retrospective study.  Urology. 2015 Feb;85(2):357-62.
 
McLeod RS, Aarts MA, Chung F, Eskicioglu C, Forbes SS, Conn LG, McCluskey S, McKenzie M, Morningstar B, Nadler A, Okrainec A, Pearsall EA, Sawyer J, Siddiqui N, Wood T.  Development of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Guideline and Implementation Strategy Based on the Knowledge-to-action Cycle.  Ann Surg. 2015 Feb 14
 
Merino DM, Shlien A, Villani A, Pienkowska M, Mack S, Ramaswamy V, Shih D, Tatevossian R, Novokmet A, Choufani S, Dvir R, Ben-Arush M, Harris BT, Hwang EI,  Lulla R, Pfister SM, Achatz MI, Jabado N, Finlay JL, Weksberg R, Bouffet E, Hawkins C, Taylor MD, Tabori U, Ellison DW, Gilbertson RJ, Malkin D. Molecular characterization of choroid plexus tumors reveals novel clinically relevant subgroups. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jan 1;21(1):184-92.
 
Mohanty C, Massicotte EM, Fehlings MG, Shamji MF. Association of preoperative cervical spine alignment with spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging hyperintensity and myelopathy severity: analysis of a series of 124 cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 1;40(1):11-6.
 
Nouri A, Tetreault L, Zamorano JJ, Dalzell K, Davis AM, Mikulis D, Yee A, Fehlings MG.  Role of magnetic resonance imaging in predicting surgical outcome in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Feb 1;40(3):171-8.
 
Nussenzweig SC, Verma S, Finkel T.  The Role of Autophagy in Vascular Biology.  Circ Res. 2015 Jan 30;116(3):480-488.
 
Oner FC, Sadiqi S, Lehr AM, Dvorak MF, Aarabi B, Chapman JR, Fehlings MG, Kandziora F, Rajasekaran S, Vaccaro AR. Towards the development of an outcome instrument for spinal trauma: an international survey of spinal surgeons. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 15;40(2):E91-6.
 
Ouzounian M.  No guts, no glory: Visceral ischemia and acute type B aortic dissections.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan 21.
 
Ouzounian M, Herman C.  Down to the wire: Acquiring endovascular skills in cardiac surgery.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan 21.
 
Parry DJ, Raskin RE, Poynter JA, Ribero IB, Bajona P, Rakowski H, Woo A, Ralph-Edwards A.  Short and Medium Term Outcomes of Surgery for Patients With Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Feb 10.
 
Placheta E, Wood MD, Lafontaine C, Liu EH, Hendry JM, Angelov DN, Frey M, Gordon T, Borschel GH.  Enhancement of Facial Nerve Motoneuron Regeneration through Cross-Face Nerve Grafts by Adding End-to-Side Sensory Axons.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;135(2):460-71.
 
Post A, Hoshizaki TB, Gilchrist MD, Brien S, Cusimano M, Marshall S. Traumatic brain injuries: the influence of the direction of impact. Neurosurgery. 2015 Jan;76(1):81-91
 
Post A, Kendall M, Koncan D, Cournoyer J, Blaine Hoshizaki T, Gilchrist MD, Brien S, Cusimano MD, Marshall S. Characterization of persistent concussive syndrome using injury reconstruction and finite element modelling. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2015 Jan;41:325-35.
 
Racz JM, Sunil S, Abramowitz D, Brar SS, Jimenez MC, Azin A, Atenafu EG, Jackson TD, Okrainec A, Quereshy FA.  Multivisceral resections for gastrointestinal stromal tumors: Are the risks justifiable?  Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb 4.
 
Reznikov R, Diwan M, Nobrega JN, Hamani C.  Towards a better preclinical model of PTSD: Characterizing animals with weak extinction, maladaptive stress responses and low plasma corticosterone.  J Psychiatr Res. 2015 Feb;61:158-65.
 
Rumman RK, Nickel C, Matsuda-Abedini M, Lorenzo AJ, Langlois V, Radhakrishnan S, Amaral J, Mertens L, Parekh RS.  Disease Beyond the Arch: A Systematic Review of Middle Aortic Syndrome in Childhood.  Am J Hypertens. 2015 Jan 27.
  
Salewski RP, Mitchell RA, Shen C, Fehlings MG. Transplantation of neural stem cells clonally derived from embryonic stem cells promotes recovery after murine spinal cord injury. Stem Cells Dev. 2015 Jan 1;24(1):36-50.
 
Salo Z, Beek M, Wright D, Marisa Whyne C.  Computed tomography landmark-based semi-automated mesh morphing and mapping techniques: Generation of patient specific models of the human pelvis without segmentation.  J Biomech. 2015 Jan 21.
 
Sam K, Poublanc J, Sobczyk O, Han JS, Battisti-Charbonney A, Mandell DM, Tymianski M, Crawley AP, Fisher JA, Mikulis DJ.  Assessing the effect of unilateral cerebral revascularisation on the vascular reactivity of the non-intervened hemisphere: a retrospective observational study.  BMJ Open. 2015 Feb 11;5(2):e006014.
 
Semple JL, Sharpe S, Murnaghan ML, Theodoropoulos J, Metcalfe KA.  Using a mobile app for monitoring post-operative quality of recovery of patients at home: a feasibility study.  JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Feb 12;3(1):e18.
 
Shlien A, Campbell BB, de Borja R, Alexandrov LB, Merico D, Wedge D, Van Loo P, Tarpey PS, Coupland P, Behjati S, Pollett A, Lipman T, Heidari A, Deshmukh S, Avitzur N, Meier B, Gerstung M, Hong Y, Merino DM, Ramakrishna M, Remke M, Arnold R, Panigrahi GB, Thakkar NP, Hodel KP, Henninger EE, Göksenin AY, Bakry D, Charames GS, Druker H, Lerner-Ellis J, Mistry M, Dvir R, Grant R, Elhasid R, Farah R, Taylor GP, Nathan PC, Alexander S, Ben-Shachar S, Ling SC, Gallinger S, Constantini S, Dirks P, Huang A, Scherer SW, Grundy RG, Durno C, Aronson M, Gartner A, Meyn MS, Taylor MD, Pursell ZF, Pearson CE, Malkin D, Futreal PA, Stratton MR, Bouffet E, Hawkins C, Campbell PJ, Tabori U; for the Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency Consortium.  Combined hereditary and somatic mutations of replication error repair genes result in rapid onset of ultra-hypermutated cancers.  Nat Genet. 2015 Feb 2.
 
Simpson JS, Briggs K, George R.  Breast Cancer Amongst Filipino Migrants: A Review of the Literature and Ten-Year Institutional Analysis.  J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb 13.
 
Singh KK, Lovren F, Pan Y, Quan A, Ramadan A, Matkar PN, Ehsan M, Sandhu P, Mantella LE, Gupta N, Teoh H, Parotto M, Tabuchi A, Kuebler WM, Al-Omran M, Finkel T, Verma S.  The Essential Autophagy Gene ATG7 Modulates Organ Fibrosis via Regulation of Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition.  J Biol Chem. 2015 Jan 30;290(5):2547-59.
 
Snyder-Warwick AK, Fattah AY, Zive L, Halliday W, Borschel GH, Zuker RM.  The Degree of Facial Movement following Microvascular Muscle Transfer in Pediatric Facial Reanimation Depends on Donor Motor Nerve Axonal Density.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;135(2):370e-81e.
 
Tangsataporn S, Safir OA, Vincent AD, Abdelbary H, Gross AE, Kuzyk PR.  Risk Factors for Subsidence of a Modular Tapered Femoral Stem Used for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty.  J Arthroplasty. 2015 Jan 21.
 
Townley WA, Baluch N, Bagher S, Maass SW, O'Neill A, Zhong T, Hofer SO.  A single pre-operative antibiotic dose is as effective as continued antibiotic prophylaxis in implant-based breast reconstruction: A matched cohort study.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Feb 7.
 
Wallis CJ, Cheung P, Herschorn S, Saskin R, Su J, Klotz LH, Kulkarni GS, Lee Y, Kodama RT, Narod SA, Nam RK.  Complications following surgery with or without radiotherapy or radiotherapy alone for prostate cancer.  Br J Cancer. 2015 Feb 17.
 
Webster F, Perruccio AV, Jenkinson R, Jaglal S, Schemitsch E, Waddell JP, Venkataramanan V, Bytautas J, Davis AM.  Understanding why people do or do not engage in activities following total joint replacement: a longitudinal qualitative study.
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Feb 20.
 
Wong LM, Neal DE, Finelli A, Davis S, Bonner C, Kapoor J, Trachtenberg J, Thomas B, Hovens CM, Costello AJ, Corcoran NM.  Evaluation of models predicting insignificant prostate cancer to select men for active surveillance of prostate cancer.  Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2015 Feb 10. 
 
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