MBSC MANUSCRIPTS

Award-Winning Articles in Leading Surgical Journals

  1. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Yongliang Wei, MS, Aaron Goldfaden, MD & John D. Birkmeyer. Characteristics of Hospitals Performing Bariatric Surgery. Journal of American Medical Association. 2006 Jan 18; 295(3):282-284.7uj

  2. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Justin B. Dimick, MD, David D. Share, MD MPH, Abdelkader Hawasli, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Jeffrey Genaw, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, Hospital complication rates with bariatric surgery in Michigan. JAMA. 2010 Jul 28; 304(4):435-42.

  3. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, David Share, MD MPH, Onur Baser, PhD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Carl M. Pesta, DO, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, Preoperative Placement of Inferior Vena Cava Filters and Outcomes after Gastric Bypass Surgery. Ann Surg. 2010 Aug; 252(2):313-8.

  4. Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, David D. Share, MD MPH, Amanda L. O’Reilly RN MS, Zhaohui Fan, John D. Birkmeyer, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD. The Effect of Surgical Techniques on Clinical Outcomes Following Laparoscopic Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass: Results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 May-June; 7(3):284-289.

  5. Raju C. Reddy, Alan P. Baptist, Zhaohui Fan, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD. The effects of bariatric surgery on asthma severity. Obesity Surgery. 2011 Feb; 21(2):200-206.

  6. Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Kerry L. Kole, DO, Panduranga R. Yenumula, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Kevin R. Krause, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Mousumi Banerjee, PhD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD, for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, from the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy. Predicting risk for serious complications with bariatric surgery: results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Ann Surg. 2011 Oct; 254(4):633–640.

  7. Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Kevin R. Krause, MD, David A. Share, MD, Mousumi Banerjee, PhD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD. Predicting risk for venous thromboembolism with bariatric surgery: results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Ann Surg. 2012 June: 255(6):1100-1104.

  8. Share, David A., Darrell A. Campbell, Nancy Birkmeyer, Richard L. Prager, Hitinder S. Gurm, Mauro Moscucci, Marianne Udow-Phillips, and John D. Birkmeyer. How A Regional Collaborative Of Hospitals And Physicians In Michigan Cut Costs And Improved The Quality Of Care. Health Aff. 2011 April: 30 (4): 4636-645

  9. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, David L. Chengelis, MD, Kevin R. Krause, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Jon L. Schram, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. The Comparative Effectiveness of Unfractionated and Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism Following Bariatric Surgery. Arch Surg. 2012 Nov: 147(11): 994-998.

  10. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Caprice Greenberg, MD MPH, Andrea McVeigh, MS, Wayne J. English, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, David A. Share, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Safety culture and complications after bariatric surgery. Ann Surg. 2013 Feb: 257(2): 260-5.

  11. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Michael H. Wood, MD, David A. Share, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Risks and benefits of prophylactic inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2013 April: 8(4): 173-177.

  12. Arthur M. Carlin, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, David L. Chengelis, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Jon L. Schram, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. The Comparative Effectiveness of Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, and Adjustable Gastric Banding Procedures for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity. Annals of Surgery. 2013 May: 257(5): 791-797.

  13. John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Amanda L. O’Reilly, RN MS, Mary Oerline, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Andre R. Nunn, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD MPH, Mousumi Banerjee, PhD, and Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, PhD, for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Surgeon skill and complication rates after bariatric surgery. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013 Oct: 369: 1434-1442.

  14. Robert W. Krell, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Bradley N. Reames, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Effects of Resident Involvement on Complication Rates After Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Feb: 218 (2): 253-60.

  15. Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH; Lauren H. Nicholas, PhD; Andrew M. Ryan, PhD; Jyothi R. Thumma, MPH, John D. Birkmeyer, MD. Bariatric Surgery Complications Before vs After Implementation of a National Policy Restricting Coverage to Centers of Excellence. JAMA. 2013 February: 309 (8):792-799.

  16. Bradley N. Reames, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Daniel Bacal, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD MPH. Changes in bariatric surgery procedure use in Michigan, 2006-2013. JAMA 2014; 312(9):959-961.

  17. Jennifer F. Waljee, MD MPH MS, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD. Collaborative quality improvement in surgery. Hand Clin 2014; 30(3)335-343.

  18. Robert W. Krell, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD MPH. Profiling hospitals on bariatric surgery quality: which outcomes are most reliable? J Am Coll Surg 2014 Oct; 219(4)725-734.

  19. Myura Nagendran, MA, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Daniel Bacal, MD Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD. Self-reported Remission of Obstructive Sleep Apnea following Bariatric Surgery: a cohort study. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2014 October.

  20. Bradley N. Reames, MD, Daniel Bacal, MD, Robert W. Krell, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD. Influence of Median Surgeon Operative Duration on Adverse Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(1) 207-213.

  21. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Abdelkader A. Hawasli, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Jeffrey A. Genaw, MD, Wayne J. English, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD MPH, Michael H. Wood, MD, John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Nancy J.O. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD. Variation in Utilization of Acid-Reducing Medication at 1 year Following Bariatric Surgery: Results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(1): 222-228.

  22. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Bradley N. Reames, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Jyothi Thumma, Justin B. Dimick, MD MPH. Hospital volume and outcomes for laparoscopic gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding in the modern era. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(2): 343-349.

  23. Jennifer F, Waljee, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Ruth Cassidy, Oliver Varban, MD, Noelle Carlozzi, PhD, Justin Dimick, MD. Variation in patient reported outcomes across hospitals following bariatric surgery. Medical Care 2015; 53(11): 960-966.

  24. Jason C. Pradarelli, MS, Oliver Varban, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, MS, Matthew Weiner, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Justin Dimick, MD, MPH. Hospital variation in perioperative complications for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Michigan. Surgery 2015; PMID: 26506567.

  25. Jason C. Pradarelli, MS, Oliver Varban MD, Justin Dimick, MD. Hospital Variation in Rates of Acid-Reducing Medication Use after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Surg Obes Relat Dis, November 2015. Oliver Varban, MD, Ruth Cassidy, MS, Kyle Sheetz, Anne Cain-Nielsen, MS, Arthur Carlin, MD, Jon Schram, MD, Matthew Weiner, MD, Daniel Bacal, MD, Amanda Stricklen, RN, MS, Jonathan Finks, MD, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Technique or technology? Evaluating Leaks After Gastric Bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 2016 Feb; 12(2): 264-272.

  26. Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Christopher G. Myers, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Peter J. Pronovost. The Next Wave of Hospital Innovation to Make Patients Safer. Harvard Business Review 2016 August.

  27. Jennifer F, Waljee, MD, MS, Amir Ghaferi, MD, Ruth Cassidy, MS, Oliver Varban, MD, Jonathan Finks, MD, Kevin Chung, MD, Noelle E. Carlozzi, PhD, Justin Dimick, MD, MPH. Are Patient-reported Outcomes Correlated With Clinical Outcomes After Surgery? A Populationbased Study. Annals of Surgery 2016 October; 264(4): 682-689.

  28. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, Jon Schram, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Jyothi R. Thumma, Arthur Carlin, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Surgical Skill in Bariatric Surgery: Does Skill in One Procedure Predict Outcomes of Another? Surgery 2016 November; 160(5): 1172-1181.

  29. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Kyle Sheetz, MD, Ruth B. Cassidy, MA, Amanda Stricklen, RN, MS, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Justin B. Dimick, MD, FACS, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, FACS, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Evaluating the Effect of Operative Technique on Leaks after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Case-Control Study. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 2016 December

  30. Hasan Abdel Khalik, Haley Stevens, Arthur Carlin, MD, Amanda Stricklen, Rachel Ross, Carl Pesta, MD, Jonathan Finks, MD, Andrew Ibrahim, MD, Amir Ghaferi, MD. Site-Specific Approach to Reducing Emergency Department Visits Following Surgery. Annals of Surgery 2017 March 16. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002226

  31. Haley Stevens, Arthur Carlin, MD, Rachel Ross, Amanda Stricklen, Michael Wood, MD, Amir Ghaferi, MD. Effect of Surgeon Age on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. Annals of Surgery 2017 May 8. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002297.

  32. Ryan Macht, Ruth Cassidy, H. Cabral, LE Kazis, Amir Ghaferi, MD. Evaluating Organizational Factors Associated With Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Readmissions. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2017 June; 13(6): 1004-1009.

  33. Andrew Ibrahim, MD, Amir Ghaferi, MD, Jyothi R. Thumma, Justin B. Dimick, MD. Variation in Outcomes at Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. JAMA Surgery 2017 July 1; 152(7): 629- 636.

  34. M. Inadomi, R. Iyengar, I. Fisher, X. Chen, E. Flagler, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Effect of Patient Reported Smoking Status on Short-Term Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. Surgical Endoscopy 2017 July 20. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5728-1

  35. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Ruth Cassidy, Aaron Bonham, Arthur Carlin, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Factors Associated with Achieving a Body Mass Index of Less than 30 After Bariatric Surgery. JAMA Surgery 2017 July 26. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2348.

  36. Andrew M. Ibrahim, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Jyothi R. Thumma, Justin B. Dimick, MD. Hospital Quality and Medicare Expenditures for Bariatric Surgery in the United States. Annals of Surgery 2017 July; 266(1): 105-110.

  37. Alex C. Kelsall, Ruth Cassidy, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Variation in Bariatric Surgery Episode Costs on the Commercially Insured: Implications for Bundled Payments in the Private Sector. Annals of Surgery 2017 August 1. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002462

  38. J. Kochkodan, Dana A. Telem, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Physiologic and psychological gender differences in bariatric surgery. Surgical Endscopy 2017 August 24. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017- 5819-z

  39. Oliver A. Varban, MD, Adam Niemann, Amanda Stricklen, Rachel Ross, Amir Ghaferi, MD, Jonathan Finks, MD, Justin Dimick, MD. Far From Standardized: Using Surgical Videos to Identify Variation in Technique for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques A 2017 August; 27(8): 761-767.

  40. CG Meyers, OY Kudsi, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Social Media as a Platform for Surgical Learning: Use and Engagement Patterns Among Robotic Surgeons. Annals of Surgery 2017 August 29. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002479.

  41. Haley Stevens, MPH, Emily Wells, MPH, Rachel Ross, MS, Amanda Stricklen, MS, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Patient perspectives on emergency department self-referral after bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2018 May;14(5):674-681. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.01.015.

  42. Haley Stevens, MPH, Arthur Carlin, MD, Rachel Ross, MS, Amanda Stricklen, MS, Michael Wood, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Effect of surgeon age on bariatric surgery outcomes. Annals of Surgery. 2018 May;267(5):905-909. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002297.

  43. S. Srivatsan, V. Guduguntla, KZ Young, A. Arastu, CR Strong, Ruth Cassidy, MS, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Clinical versus patient-reported measures of depression in bariatric surgery. Surgical Endoscopy. 2018 Aug;32(8):3683-3690. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6101-8.

  44. Oliver A. Varban, JR Thumma, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Arthur Carlin, MD, Paul Kemmeter, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Justin B. Dimick, MD. Assessing variation in technique for sleeve gastrectomy based on outcomes of surgeons ranked by safety and efficacy: a video-based study. Surgical Endoscopy. 2018 Aug 15. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6382-y. [Epub ahead of print].

  45. SP Shubeck, AE Kanters, G. Sandhu, CC Greenberg, MD, Justin Dimick, MD. Dynamics within peer-to-peer surgical coaching relationships: Early evidence from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. Surgery. 2018 Aug;164(2):185-188. doi: 10.1016/jsurg.2018.03.009. Epub 2018 Jun 20.

  46. R. Alvarez, N. Matusko, Amanda Stricklen, MS, Rachel Ross, MS, Colleen Buda, PA, Oliver A. Varban, MD. Factors associated with bariatric surgery utilization among eligible candidates: who drops out? Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2018 Aug 28. pii: S1550-7289(18)30333-2. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.08.014. [Epub ahead of print].

  47. Meg Smith, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Understanding the benefits of bariatric surgery: How much evidence is enough? JAMA Surgery. 2018 Sep 5:e183332. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.3332. [Epub ahead of print]

  48. TA Jaffe, KE Kocher, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Potentially avoidable emergency department use: When policy expects patients to be physicians. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2018 Sep;72(3):256-258. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.05.019.

  49. Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Oliver A. Varban, MD. Setting appropriate expectations after bariatric surgery: Evaluating weight regain and clinical outcomes. JAMA. 2018 Oct 16320(15):1543-1544. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.14241.

  50. Andrew Ibrahim, MD, M. Alameddine, J. Brennan, M. Swessine, C. Holiday, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. New onset alcohol use disorder following bariatric surgery. Surgical Endoscopy. 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6545-x. [Epub ahead of print]

  51. Meg Smith, MD, Jay Lee, MD, Aaron Bonham, MS, Oliver A. Varban, MD, Jonathan F. Finks, MD, Arthur M. Carlin, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Effect of new persistent opioid use on physiologic and psychologic outcomes following bariatric surgery. Surgical Endoscopy. 2018 Oct 23. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6542-0. [Epub ahead of print].

  52. Amir A. Ghaferi, MD. Surgical Collaboratives for Quality Improvement. Surgical Oncology Clin N Am. 2018 Oct;27(4):633-640. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2018.05.004.

  53. Lager, CJ, Esfandiari, NH, Luo, Y, Subauste, AR, Kraftson, AT, Brown, MB, Varban, OA, Meral, R, Cassidy, RB, Nay, CK, Lockwood, AL, Bellers, D, Buda, CM, Oral, EA. Metabolic parameters, weight loss, and comorbidities 4-years after roux-en-y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Obes. Surg. 2018 Nov;28(11):3415-3423. doi: 10.1007/s11695-018-3346-1.

  54. Dina Hafez-Griauzde, MD, Andrew Ibrahim, MD, Natalie Fisher, Rachel Ross, Amir Ghaferi, MD. Understanding the psychosocial impact of weight loss following bariatric surgery: A qualitative study. BMC Obesity. 2018 Dec 3; 5:38. doi: 10.1186/s40608-018-0215-3. eCollection 2018.

  55. OA Varban. An ounce of bariatric surgery is worth a pound of prevention for atrial fibrillation. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Dec 25. pii: S1550-7289(18)31304-2. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.12.017. [Epub ahead of print]

  56. MD Rozier, AA Ghaferi, A Rose, NJ Simon, N Birkmeyer, LA Prosser. Patient preferences for bariatric surgery: Findings from a survey using discrete choice experiment methodology. JAMA Surg. 2019 Jan 1;154(1):e184375. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4375. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

  57. AJ deMireles, AM Carlin, AJ Bonham, R. Cassidy, R. Ross, A. Stricklen, J. Finks, AA Ghaferi. A longitudinal analysis of variation in psychological well-being and body image in patients before and after bariatric surgery. Ann Surg. 2019 Jan 24. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003146. [Epub ahead of print]

  58. SA Waits, KH Sheetz, AA Ghaferi. Considering bariatric surgery in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – Worth the risk. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Feb 1; 2(2):e190053. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.0053. No abstract available. PMID: 30794294 [PubMed - in process]

  59. Michael Wood, MD, Arthur Carlin, MD, Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, Oliver A. Varban, MD, Abdelkader Hawasli, MD, Aaron J. Bonham, MS, Nancy J. Birkmeyer, PhD, Jonathan Finks, MD. Association of race with bariatric surgery outcomes. JAMA Surgery. 2019 Mar 6:e190029. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.0029. [Epub ahead of print]

  60. Alirio DeMireles, Rachel Ross, Amir Ghaferi, MD. Leveraging mobile technologies to improve longitudinal quality and outcomes following bariatric surgery. Mhealth. 2019 Feb 25; 5:6. Doi:10.21037/mhealth.2019.02.02. eCollection 2019. No abstract available. PMID: 30976598 [PubMed]

  61. ME Smith, AA Ghaferi. Understanding the long-term effects of bariatric surgery: From weight loss to bone health. JAMA Surg. 2019 May 15. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1158. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 31090877 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

  62. OA Varban, JR Thumma, DA Telem, NR Obeid, JF Finks, AA Ghaferi, JB Dimick. Surgeon variation in severity of reflux symptoms after sleeve gastrectomy. Surg. Endoscop. 2019 June 18. Doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-06928-2. [Epub ahead of print]

  63. OA Varban, JR Thumma, JF Finks, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi, JB Dimick. Evaluating the effect of surgical skill on outcomes for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: A video-based study. Ann Surg. 2019 Jun 7. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003385. [Epub ahead of print]

  64. NR, Obeid, OA Varban, DA Telem. Comment on: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as day-case surgery: a review of the literature. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 May 2. pii: S1550-7289(19)30167- 4. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.04.030. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

  65. OA Varban, JB Dimick. Bariatric surgery: Safe, effective and underutilized. Fam Med. 2019 Jul;51(7):552-554. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2019.28947449. No abstract available.

  66. ME Smith, AJ Bonham, OA Varban, JF Finks, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi. Financial impact of improving patient care setting selection after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 July 2. pii: S1550-7289(19)30309-0. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.06.029. [Epub ahead of print]

  67. PH Dedhia, M Barrett, G Ives, CP Magas, OA Varban, SL Wong, G Sandhu. Intraoperative feedback: A video-based analysis of faculty and resident perceptions. J Surg Educ. 2019 JulAug;76(4):906-915. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.02.003. Epub 2019 Feb 28. PMID: 30826263

  68. ME Smith, AA Ghaferi. Understanding the long-term effects of bariatric surgery: From weight loss to bone health. JAMA Surg. 2019 Aug 1;154(8):754. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1158. No abstract available.

  69. ME Smith, D. Bacal, AJ Bonham, OA Varban, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi, JF Finks. Perioperative and one year outcomes of bariatric surgery in septugenarians: Implications for patient selection. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Aug 12 pii: S1550-7289(19)30363-6. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.08.002. [Epub ahead of print]

  70. ME Smith, JS Lee, A Bonham, OA Varban, JF Finks, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi. Effect of new persistent opioid use on physiologic and psychologic outcomes following bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2019 Aug; 33(8):2649-2656. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6542-0. Epub2018 Oct 23. PMID: 30353238 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  71. KR Chhabra, AA Ghaferi, H. Nathan. Surgical hot spotting: Who becomes a super-utilizer after surgery? JAMA Surg. 2019 Aug 14. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2999. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

  72. N Ibrahim, M Alameddine, J Brennan, M Sessine, C Holliday, AA Ghaferi. New onset alcohol use disorder following bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2019 Aug;33(8):2521-2530. Doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6545-x. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

  73. JR Montgomery, AA Ghaferi, SA Waits. Bariatric surgery among patients with end-stage kidney disease: Improving access to transplantation. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Oct 14. pii: S1550- 7289(19)31037-8. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.10.003. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

  74. A Khouri, R Alvarez, N Matusko, OA Varban. Characterizing the preventable emergency department visit after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Oct 19. pii: S1550- 7289(19)31048-2. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.10.013. [Epub ahead of print]

  75. OA Varban, AJ Bonham, JF Finks, DA Telem, NR Obeid, AA Ghaferi. Is it worth it? Determining the health benefits of sleeve gastrectomy in patients with a body mass index <35 kg/m2 . Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Nov 7. pii: S1550-7289(19)31081-0. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2019.10.027. [Epub ahead of print]

  76. RD Dolan, OA Varban, AR Schulman. Endoscopic repair of large gastric perforation following pneumatic dilation of sleeve gastrectomy. Obes Surg. 2019 Nov 23. doi: 10.1007/s11695-019- 04258-9. [Epub ahead of print]

  77. A de Mireles, AM Carlin, A Cain-Nielsen, A Stricklen, R Ross, JF Finks, OA Varban, AA Ghaferi. Association between surgeon practice knowledge and venous thromboembolism. Obes Surg. 2020 Feb 16. doi: 10.1007/s11695-020-04468-6. [Epub ahead of print]

  78. S Bhalla, JX Yu, OA Varban, AR Schulman. Upper gastrointestinal series after sleeve gastrectomy is unnecessary to evaluate for gastric sleeve stenosis. Surg Endosc. 2020 Feb 21. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07426-6. [Epub ahead of print]

  79. R Alvarez, AJ Bonham, CM Buda, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi, OA Varban. Factors associated with long wait times for bariatric surgery. Ann Surg. 2019 Dec;270(6):1103-1109. doi: 10.1097.

  80. MD Rozier, AA Ghaferi, AM Rose, NJ Simon, NJ Birkmeyer, LA Prosser. Preferences for bariatric surgery: Comparing surgeons and patients using a discrete choice experiment. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Feb 20. pii: S1550-7289(20)30086-1. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2020.02.005. [Epub ahead of print]

  81. AP Ehlers, AA Ghaferi. Bariatric Sugery is Safe and It Works. JAMA Surg. 2020 Mar 1; 155(3):205. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5471. PMID: 31940018 No abstract available.

  82. KA Vande Walle, SR Pavuluri Quamme, GE Leverson, T Engler, JC Dombrowski, DA Wiegmann, JB Dimick, CC Greenberg. Association of personality and thinking style with effective surgical coaching. JAMA Surg. 2020 Apr 1. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0234. [Epub ahead of print]

  83. AA Ghaferi, JB Dimich. Considering surgeon skill in randomized clinical trials. JAMA Surg. May 6. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1039. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

  84. Varban OA, Thumma JR, Telem DA, Obeid NR, Finks JF, Ghaferi AA, Dimick JB. Surgeon variation in severity of reflux symptoms after sleeve gastrectomy. Surg Endosc. 2020 Apr;34(4):1769-1775. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-06928-2. Epub 2019 Jun 18. PMID: 31214804

  85. AJ deMireles, AM Carlin, AJ Bonham, R Cassidy, R Ross, A Stricklen, JF Finks, AA Ghaferi. A longitudinal analysis of variation in psychological well-being and body image in patients before and after bariatric surgery. Ann Surg. 2020 May;271(5):885-890. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003146. No abstract available.

  86. AP Ehlers, K Chhabra, JR Thumma, JB Dimick, O Varban. In the eye of the beholder: surgeon variation in intra-operative perceptions of hiatal hernia and reflux outcomes after sleeve gastrectomy. Surg Endosc. 2020 Jun 1. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07668-4. [Epub 2020 Jun 1. PMID: 32483699

  87. KR Chhabra, AA Ghaferi, J Yang, JR Thumma, JB Dimick, TC Tsai. Relationship Between Health Care Spending and Clinical Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery: Implications for Medicare Bundled Payments. Ann Surg. 2020 Jun 12. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003979. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33055585

  88. de Meireles A, Carlin AM, Cain-Nielsen A, Stricklen A, Ross R, Finks JF, Varban OA, Ghaferi AA.  Association Between Surgeon Practice Knowledge and Venous Thromboembolism.  Obes Surg. 2020 Jun;30(6):2274-2279. doi: 10.1007/s11695-020-04468-6. PMID: 32062847

  89. H Nasser, T Ivanics, OA Varban, JF Finks, A Bonham, AA Ghaferi, AM Carlin. Comparison of early outcomes between rouxy-en-y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy among patients with body mass index > 60kg/m. Surg Endosc. 2020 Jun 22. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07750-x. Epub 2020 Jun 22.  PMID: 32572625

  90. OA Varban, JR Thumma, AM Carlin, JF Finks, AA Ghaferi, JB Dimick. Peer assessment of operative videos with sleeve gastrectomy to determine optimal operative technique. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 Jul 3:S1072-7515(20)30533-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2020.06.016. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32629164

  91. OA Varban. Quality of life after bariatric surgery is about weight loss…and more. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Jul 7:S1550-7289(20)30362-2. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2020.06.042. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32753299 No abstract available.

  92. GF Chao, AP Ehlers, C Ellimoottil, OA Varban, JB Dimick, DA Telem. Convergent Mixed Methods Exploration of Telehealth in Bariatric Surgery: Maximizing Provider Resources and Access. Obes Surg. 2020 Oct 27: 1-5. Doi: 10.1007/s119695-020-05059-1. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33111249.

  93. R Alvarez, A Stricklen, CM Buda, R Ross, AJ Bonham, AM Carlin, OA Varban, AA Ghaferi, JF Finks. Factors Associated with Completion of Patient Surveys 1-Year After Bariatric Surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Nov 2: S1550-7289(20)30621-3. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2020.10.028. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33334677

  94. P Yang, AJ Bonham, AA Ghaferi, OAVarban. Comparing Diabetes Outcomes: Weight-Independent Effects of Sleeve Gastrectomy Versus Matched Patients With Similar Weight Loss. Ann Surg. 2020 Nov 12. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004298. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 33201112.

  95. OA Varban, JR Thumma, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi, JB Dimick, JF Finks. Evaluating the Impact of Surgeon Self-Awareness by Comparing Self Vs. Peer Ratings of Surgical Skill and Outcomes for Bariatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2020 Nov 12. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004450. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33201111.

  96. AP Ehlers, JR Thumma, JF Finks, AM Carlin, AA Ghaferi, OA Varban. Evaluation of Patient-Reported Gastroesophageal Reflux Severity at Baseline and at One-Year After Bariatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2020 Nov 17. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004533. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 33214432

  97. LR Miller-Matero, A Hamann, L LaLonde, KM Martens, J Son, S Clark-Sienkiewicz, M Sata, JP Coleman, LM Hecht, JM Braciszewski, AM Carlin. Predictors of Alcohol Use After Bariatric Surgery. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2020 Nov 17. doi: 10.1007/s10880-020-09751-3. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33205321.

  98. DA Telem, AA Ghaferi. Gastric Balloons for Weight Loss in 2020. JAMA. 2020 Dec 1;324(21):2206-2207. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.14862. PMID: 33258880 No abstract available.

  99. GF Chao, OA Varban, AA Ghaferi. Using Quality-Of-Life Measures To Determine the Ideal Bariatric Procedure. JAMA Surg. 2020 Dec 9. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.5667. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33295941 No abstract available.

  100. KR Chhabra, JR Thumma, OA Varban, JB Dimick. Associations Between Video Evaluations of Surgical Technique and Outcomes of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. JAMA Surg. 2020 Dec 16:e205532. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.5532. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33325998.

  101. KD Platt, OA Varban, JF Finks, AR Schulman. Thromboembolism and Fluid Collections Years Following Gastric Bypass: The Relevance of the Remnant. Obes Surg. 2021 Jan 22. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05233-z. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33481192 No abstract available.

  102. CC Greenberg, ME Byrnes, TA Engler, SP Quamme, JR Thumma, JB Dimick. Association of a Statewide Surgical Coaching Program with Clinical Outcomes and Surgical Perceptions.  Ann Surg. 2021 Feb 10. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004800. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 33605579

  103. Chao GF, Bonham AJ, Ross R, Stricklen A, Ghaferi AA.  Patient-Reported Comorbidity Assessment After Bariatric Surgery: A Potential Tool to Improve Longitudinal Follow-Up.  Ann Surg. 2021 Mar 3. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004841. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 33914479

  104. Varban OA, Thumma JR, Finks JF, Carlin AM, Ghaferi AA, Dimick JB.  Evaluating the Effect of Surgical Skill on Outcomes for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Video-based Study.  Ann Surg. 2021 Apr 1;273(4):766-771. doi: 10.1097/SLA.000000000000 3385.  PMID: 31188214

  105. Varban OA, Bonham AJ, Stricklen AL, Ross R, Carlin AM, Finks JF, Ghaferi AA.  Am I on Track? Evaluating Patient-Specific Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery Using an Outcomes Calculator.  Obes Surg. 2021 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05397-8. Online ahead of print.  PMID: 33825152

  106. Dev S, Gonzalez AA, Ghaferi AA, Nallamothu BK, Kocher KE. Emergency Department Utilization and Readmissions Following Major Surgery, A Retrospective Study of Medicare Data. J Surg Res. 2021 May 1;265:187-194. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2021.02.052. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33945926

  107. Highet A, Johnson EH, Bonham AJ, Hutton DW, Zhou S, Thalji AS, Ghaferi AA. Cost effectiveness of Staple Line Reinforcement in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Ann Surg. 2021 May 24. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004950. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34029226

  108. Welbourn R, Hollyman M, Kinsman R, Dixon J, Cohen R, Morton J, Ghaferi A, Higa K, Ottosson J, Pattou F, Al-Sabah S, Anvari M, Himpens J, Liem R, Våge V, Walton P, Brown W, Kow L. Bariatric-Metabolic Surgery Utilisation in Patients With and Without Diabetes: Data from the IFSO Global Registry 2015-2018. Obes Surg. 2021 Jun;31(6):2391-2400. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05280-6. Epub 2021 Feb 27. PMID: 33638756 

  109. Platt KD, Varban OA, Finks JF, Schulman AR. Thromboembolism and Fluid Collections Years Following Gastric Bypass: the Relevance of the Remnant. Obes Surg. 2021 Jun;31(6):2801-2805. doi: 10.1007/s11695-020-05208-6. Epub 2021 Jan 9. PMID: 33423182 No abstract available.

  110. Miller-Matero LR, Orlovskaia J, Hecht LM, Braciszeweski JM, Martens KM, Hamann A PsyD, Carlin AM. Hazardous Alcohol Use in the Four Years Following Bariatric Surgery. Psychol Health Med. 2021 Jun 6:1-7. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2021 .1930075. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34096405

  111. Hecht LM, Hadwiger A, Martens K, Hamann A, Carlin AM, Miller-Matero LR. The association between number of children and weight loss outcomes among individuals undergoing bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2021 Jun;17(6):1127-1131. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.02.009. Epub 2021 Feb 13. PMID: 33814316

  112. Chao GF, Kullgren JT, Ross R, Bonham AJ, Ghaferi AA.  Financial Incentives to Improve Patient Follow-Up and Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2021 Jun 18. doi: 10.1097/SLA. 0000000000005013. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34171878

  113. Varban OA. Life during "lockdown": a cautionary tale of the impact of environment on access to bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2021 Jun 25:S1550-7289(21)00304-X. doi: 10.1016/j.soard .2021.06.007. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34272157

  114. Chao GF, Bonham AJ, Stricklen AJ, Ross R, Ghaferi AA. Association Between Validated Psychometric Scales and Follow-up Rates After Bariatric Surgery. Obes Surg. 2021 Sep 7. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05705-2. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34494231 No abstract available.