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DAVID H BERGER

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address1977 Butler Blvd
HOUSTON TX 77030
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    Dr. David H. David Berger serves as vice president and chief medical officer of the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center. He was previously the operative care line executive at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He was recently elected president of the Association of VA Surgeons and is past-president of the Association for Academic Surgery. He is well known for his success in implementing process and quality improvements at the DeBakey VA Medical Center.

    Dr. Berger has an active research program in surgical outcomes and health services research. He is a member of iQuEST (Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety), the VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. Dr. Berger’s current work involves improving the patient discharge process in an attempt to reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions. As part of this research, Dr. Berger is working on using mobile technology to communicate with patients in the postop period.

    Another project is in collaboration with Dr. Panos Kougias. This project is studying the use of a scheduling algorithm that takes into account patient and surgeon factors to better predict operative time.

    Dr. Berger mentors research residents. He is currently the secondary mentor for Aaron Scott, and previously he was the primary mentor for Courtney Balentine, Celia Robinson, and Linda Li. These research residents have published more than 40 manuscripts and have won several national honors. All research residents have also been fellows of the Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence.

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    • Quality and patient safety
    • Readmissions after surgery
    • Health care delivery


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    1. Balentine CJ, Naik AD, Berger DH, Chen H, Anaya DA, Kennedy GD. Postacute Care After Major Abdominal Surgery in Elderly Patients: Intersection of Age, Functional Status, and Postoperative Complications. JAMA Surg. 2016 Aug 1; 151(8):759-66. PMID: 27144881.
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    2. Mason MC, Garcia JM, Sansgiry S, Walder A, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Preoperative cancer cachexia and short-term outcomes following surgery. J Surg Res. 2016 Oct; 205(2):398-406. PMID: 27664889.
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    3. Soundar EP, Berger D, Marcogliese A, Srivaths L. Secondary Bone Marrow Fibrosis in Children And Young Adults: An Institutional Experience. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2016 Mar; 38(2):97-101. PMID: 26523379.
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    4. Massarweh NN, Li LT, Sansgiry S, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Primary Tumor Resection and Multimodality Treatment for Patients with Metastatic Colon Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun; 23(6):1815-23. PMID: 26786090.
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    5. Orcutt ST, Li LT, Balentine CJ, Albo D, Awad SS, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Ninety-day readmission after colorectal cancer surgery in a Veterans Affairs cohort. J Surg Res. 2016 Apr; 201(2):370-7. PMID: 27020821.
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    6. Kougias P, Tiwari V, Berger DH. Use of simulation to assess a statistically driven surgical scheduling system. J Surg Res. 2016 Apr; 201(2):306-12. PMID: 27020812.
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    7. Ramkumar PN, Chu CT, Harris JD, Athiviraham A, Harrington MA, White DL, Berger DH, Naik AD, Li LT. Causes and Rates of Unplanned Readmissions After Elective Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2015 Sep; 44(9):397-405. PMID: 26372748.
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    8. Kougias P, Collins R, Pastorek N, Sharath S, Barshes NR, McCulloch K, Pisimisis G, Berger DH. Comparison of domain-specific cognitive function after carotid endarterectomy and stenting. J Vasc Surg. 2015 Aug; 62(2):355-61. PMID: 26211378.
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    9. Scott AR, Rush AJ, Naik AD, Berger DH, Suliburk JW. Surgical follow-up costs disproportionately impact low-income patients. J Surg Res. 2015 Nov; 199(1):32-8. PMID: 26013443.
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    10. Li LT, Barden GM, Balentine CJ, Orcutt ST, Naik AD, Artinyan A, Sansgiry S, Albo D, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Postoperative transitional care needs in the elderly: an outcome of recovery associated with worse long-term survival. Ann Surg. 2015 Apr; 261(4):695-701. PMID: 24743615.
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    11. Artinyan A, Orcutt ST, Anaya DA, Richardson P, Chen GJ, Berger DH. Infectious postoperative complications decrease long-term survival in patients undergoing curative surgery for colorectal cancer: a study of 12,075 patients. Ann Surg. 2015 Mar; 261(3):497-505. PMID: 25185465.
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    12. Lau K, Salami A, Barden G, Khawja S, Castillo DL, Poppelaars V, Artinyan A, Awad SS, Berger DH, Albo D, Anaya DA. The effect of a regional hepatopancreaticobiliary surgical program on clinical volume, quality of cancer care, and outcomes in the Veterans Affairs system. JAMA Surg. 2014 Nov; 149(11):1153-61. PMID: 25207711.
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    13. Mohammed S, Anaya DA, Awad SS, Albo D, Berger DH, Artinyan A. Sphincter preservation rates after radical resection for rectal cancer in the United States veteran population: opportunity for improvement in early disease. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jan; 22(1):216-23. PMID: 25256129.
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    14. Bakaeen FG, Reda DJ, Gelijns AC, Cornwell L, Omer S, Al Jurdi R, Kougias P, Anaya D, Berger DH, Huang GD. Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites: Implications for Surgical Trials. JAMA Surg. 2014 Jun; 149(6):507-13. PMID: 24647851.
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    15. Marshall CL, Petersen NJ, Naik AD, Vander Velde N, Artinyan A, Albo D, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Implementation of a regional virtual tumor board: a prospective study evaluating feasibility and provider acceptance. Telemed J E Health. 2014 Aug; 20(8):705-11. PMID: 24845366; PMCID: PMC4106373.
    16. Osler P, Kim SD, Hess KA, Phan P, Simpson AK, Mansfield FL, Berger D, Craveiro VL, Wood KB. Prior abdominal surgery is associated with an increased risk of postoperative complications after anterior lumbar interbody fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 May 1; 39(10):E650-6. PMID: 24583724.
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    17. Berger DH. Enhanced intracellular targeting of tumor-specific antigens: you can lead a horse to water, but…. JAMA Surg. 2014 May; 149(5):457-8. PMID: 24671363.
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    18. Brahmbhatt R, Carter SA, Hicks SC, Berger DH, Liang MK. Identifying risk factors for surgical site complications after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair: evaluation of the Ventral Hernia Working Group grading system. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2014 Jun; 15(3):187-93. PMID: 24773169.
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    19. Li LT, Brahmbhatt R, Hicks SC, Davila JA, Berger DH, Liang MK. Prevalence of surgical site infection at the stoma site following four skin closure techniques: a retrospective cohort study. Dig Surg. 2014; 31(2):73-8. PMID: 24776653.
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    20. Chen DW, Davis RW, Balentine CJ, Scott AR, Gao Y, Tapia NM, Berger DH, Suliburk JW. Utility of routine postoperative visit after appendectomy and cholecystectomy with evaluation of mobile technology access in an urban safety net population. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug; 190(2):478-83. PMID: 24880202.
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    21. Naik AD, Berger DH. Reply to letter: "interdisciplinary teams for the comprehensive assessment and care of frail, older surgical patients". Ann Surg. 2014 Apr; 259(4):e64. PMID: 24169183.
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    22. Balentine CJ, Naik AD, Robinson CN, Petersen NJ, Chen GJ, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Association of high-volume hospitals with greater likelihood of discharge to home following colorectal surgery. JAMA Surg. 2014 Mar; 149(3):244-51. PMID: 24430092.
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    23. Bellows CF, Robinson C, Fitzgibbons RJ, Webber LS, Berger DH. Watchful waiting for ventral hernias: a longitudinal study. Am Surg. 2014 Mar; 80(3):245-52. PMID: 24666865.
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    24. Nguyen MT, Li LT, Hicks SC, Davila JA, Suliburk JW, Leong M, Kao LS, Berger DH, Liang MK. Readmission following open ventral hernia repair: incidence, indications, and predictors. Am J Surg. 2013 Dec; 206(6):942-8; discussion 948-9. PMID: 24296099.
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    25. Fernandez R, Anaya DA, Li LT, Orcutt ST, Balentine CJ, Awad SA, Berger DH, Albo DA, Artinyan A. Laparoscopic versus robotic rectal resection for rectal cancer in a veteran population. Am J Surg. 2013 Oct; 206(4):509-17. PMID: 23809672.
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    26. Vo E, Davila JA, Hou J, Hodge K, Li LT, Suliburk JW, Kao LS, Berger DH, Liang MK. Differentiation of ileostomy from colostomy procedures: assessing the accuracy of current procedural terminology codes and the utility of natural language processing. Surgery. 2013 Aug; 154(2):411-7. PMID: 23790751.
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    27. Li LT, Mills WL, White DL, Li A, Gutierrez AM, Berger DH, Naik AD. Causes and prevalence of unplanned readmissions after colorectal surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jul; 61(7):1175-81. PMID: 23730901.
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    28. Hermosillo-Rodriguez J, Anaya DA, Sada Y, Walder A, Amspoker AB, Berger DH, Naik AD. The effect of age and comorbidity on patient-centered health outcomes in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2013 Apr; 4(2):99-106. PMID: 24071534.
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    29. Li LT, Mills WL, Gutierrez AM, Herman LI, Berger DH, Naik AD. A patient-centered early warning system to prevent readmission after colorectal surgery: a national consensus using the Delphi method. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Feb; 216(2):210-6.e6. PMID: 23195203.
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    30. Kougias P, Tiwari V, Orcutt S, Chen A, Pisimisis G, Barshes NR, Bechara CF, Berger DH. Derivation and out-of-sample validation of a modeling system to predict length of surgery. Am J Surg. 2012 Nov; 204(5):563-8. PMID: 23140826.
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    31. Belaguli NS, Zhang M, Brunicardi FC, Berger DH. Forkhead box protein A2 (FOXA2) protein stability and activity are regulated by sumoylation. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e48019. PMID: 23118920; PMCID: PMC3485284.
    32. Kougias P, Tiwari V, Barshes NR, Bechara CF, Lowery B, Pisimisis G, Berger DH. Modeling anesthetic times. Predictors and implications for short-term outcomes. J Surg Res. 2013 Mar; 180(1):1-7. PMID: 23158406.
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    33. Orcutt ST, Artinyan A, Li LT, Silberfein EJ, Berger DH, Albo D, Anaya DA. Postoperative mortality and need for transitional care following liver resection for metastatic disease in elderly patients: a population-level analysis of 4026 patients. HPB (Oxford). 2012 Dec; 14(12):863-70. PMID: 23134189; PMCID: PMC3521916.
    34. Hayman AV, Tarpley JL, Berger DH, Wilson MA, Livingston EH, Kibbe MR. How is the Department of Veterans Affairs addressing the new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education intern work hour limitations? Solutions from the Association of Veterans Affairs Surgeons. Am J Surg. 2012 Nov; 204(5):655-62. PMID: 22906248.
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    35. Belaguli NS, Zhang M, Garcia AH, Berger DH. PIAS1 is a GATA4 SUMO ligase that regulates GATA4-dependent intestinal promoters independent of SUMO ligase activity and GATA4 sumoylation. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35717. PMID: 22539995; PMCID: PMC3334497.
    36. Robinson CN, Balentine CJ, Sansgiry S, Berger DH. Disparities in the use of minimally invasive surgery for colorectal disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 May; 16(5):897-903; discussion 903-4. PMID: 22411487.
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    37. Orcutt ST, Marshall CL, Balentine CJ, Robinson CN, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Berger DH, Albo D. Hand-assisted laparoscopy leads to efficient colorectal cancer surgery. J Surg Res. 2012 Oct; 177(2):e53-8. PMID: 22841382.
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    38. Orcutt ST, Balentine CJ, Marshall CL, Robinson CN, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Awad SS, Berger DH, Albo D. Use of a Pfannenstiel incision in minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery is associated with a lower risk of wound complications. Tech Coloproctol. 2012 Apr; 16(2):127-32. PMID: 22350173.
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    39. Artinyan A, Marshall CL, Balentine CJ, Albo D, Orcutt ST, Awad SS, Berger DH, Anaya DA. Clinical outcomes of oncologic gastrointestinal resections in patients with cirrhosis. Cancer. 2012 Jul 15; 118(14):3494-500. PMID: 22170573.
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    40. Young-Xu Y, Neily J, Mills PD, Carney BT, West P, Berger DH, Mazzia LM, Paull DE, Bagian JP. Association between implementation of a medical team training program and surgical morbidity. Arch Surg. 2011 Dec; 146(12):1368-73. PMID: 22184295.
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    41. Orcutt ST, Marshall CL, Robinson CN, Balentine CJ, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Awad SS, Berger DH, Albo D. Minimally invasive surgery in colon cancer patients leads to improved short-term outcomes and excellent oncologic results. Am J Surg. 2011 Nov; 202(5):528-31. PMID: 21906721.
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    42. Balentine CJ, Berger DH, Liu SH, Chen C, Nemunaitis J, Brunicardi FC. Defining the cancer master switch. World J Surg. 2011 Aug; 35(8):1738-45. PMID: 21286716.
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    43. Ayanbule F, Belaguli NS, Berger DH. GATA factors in gastrointestinal malignancy. World J Surg. 2011 Aug; 35(8):1757-65. PMID: 21210118.
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    44. Balentine CJ, Hermosillo-Rodriguez J, Robinson CN, Berger DH, Naik AD. Depression is associated with prolonged and complicated recovery following colorectal surgery. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Oct; 15(10):1712-7. PMID: 21786060.
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    45. Cheema FN, Abraham NS, Berger DH, Albo D, Taffet GE, Naik AD. Novel approaches to perioperative assessment and intervention may improve long-term outcomes after colorectal cancer resection in older adults. Ann Surg. 2011 May; 253(5):867-74. PMID: 21183846.
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    46. Chu D, Berger DH, Bakaeen FG. Comparing the quality of surgical care: a reason for caution. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 May; 212(5):907-8; author reply 908-9. PMID: 21530848.
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    47. Sarkar A, Zhang M, Liu SH, Sarkar S, Brunicardi FC, Berger DH, Belaguli NS. Serum response factor expression is enriched in pancreatic ? cells and regulates insulin gene expression. FASEB J. 2011 Aug; 25(8):2592-603. PMID: 21525490.
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    48. Balentine CJ, Enriquez J, Cruz G, Hodges S, Bansal V, Jo E, Ahern C, Sansgiry S, Petersen N, Silberfein E, Brunicardi FC, Berger DH, Fisher W. Obesity does not increase complications following pancreatic surgery. J Surg Res. 2011 Oct; 170(2):220-5. PMID: 21514600.
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    49. Albo D, Akay CL, Marshall CL, Wilks JA, Verstovsek G, Liu H, Agarwal N, Berger DH, Ayala GE. Neurogenesis in colorectal cancer is a marker of aggressive tumor behavior and poor outcomes. Cancer. 2011 Nov 1; 117(21):4834-45. PMID: 21480205.
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    50. Robinson CN, Chen GJ, Balentine CJ, Sansgiry S, Marshall CL, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Albo D, Berger DH. Minimally invasive surgery is underutilized for colon cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 May; 18(5):1412-8. PMID: 21213059.
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    51. Marshall CL, Balentine CJ, Robinson CN, Wilks JA, Anaya D, Artinyan A, Awad SS, Berger DH, Albo D. A multidisciplinary cancer center maximizes surgeons' impact. J Surg Res. 2011 Nov; 171(1):15-22. PMID: 21696763.
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    52. Robinson CN, Balentine CJ, Marshall CL, Wilks JA, Anaya D, Artinyan A, Berger DH, Albo D. Minimally invasive surgery improves short-term outcomes in elderly colorectal cancer patients. J Surg Res. 2011 Apr; 166(2):182-8. PMID: 21276980.
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    53. Subramanian A, Balentine C, Palacio CH, Sansgiry S, Berger DH, Awad SS. Outcomes of damage-control celiotomy in elderly nontrauma patients with intra-abdominal catastrophes. Am J Surg. 2010 Dec; 200(6):783-8; discussion 788-9. PMID: 21146021.
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    54. Marshall CL, Chen GJ, Robinson CN, Balentine CJ, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Awad SS, Berger DH, Albo D. Establishment of a minimally invasive surgery program leads to decreased inpatient cost of care in veterans with colon cancer. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):632-5. PMID: 21056143.
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    55. Robinson CN, Balentine CJ, Marshall CL, Anaya DA, Artinyan A, Awad SA, Albo D, Berger DH. Ethnic disparities are reduced in VA colon cancer patients. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):636-9. PMID: 21056144.
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    56. Balentine CJ, Ayanbule F, Haidet P, Rogers J, Thompson B, Chang T, Horwitz I, Tseng E, Berger DH. The patient-physician relationship in surgical students. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):624-7. PMID: 21056141.
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    57. Robinson CN, Freischlag J, Brunicardi FC, Berger DH. The VA is critical to academic development. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):628-31. PMID: 21056142.
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    58. Belaguli NS, Aftab M, Rigi M, Zhang M, Albo D, Berger DH. GATA6 promotes colon cancer cell invasion by regulating urokinase plasminogen activator gene expression. Neoplasia. 2010 Nov; 12(11):856-65. PMID: 21076612; PMCID: PMC2978909.
    59. Neily J, Mills PD, Young-Xu Y, Carney BT, West P, Berger DH, Mazzia LM, Paull DE, Bagian JP. Association between implementation of a medical team training program and surgical mortality. JAMA. 2010 Oct 20; 304(15):1693-700. PMID: 20959579.
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    60. Balentine CJ, Robinson CN, Marshall CR, Wilks J, Buitrago W, Haderxhanaj K, Sansgiry S, Petersen NJ, Bansal V, Albo D, Berger DH. Waist circumference predicts increased complications in rectal cancer surgery. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Nov; 14(11):1669-79. PMID: 20835770.
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    61. Balentine CJ, Enriquez J, Fisher W, Hodges S, Bansal V, Sansgiry S, Petersen NJ, Berger DH. Intra-abdominal fat predicts survival in pancreatic cancer. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Nov; 14(11):1832-7. PMID: 20725799.
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    62. Berger DH, Balentine CJ. Role of the VA in training surgical scientists. Surgery. 2010 Aug; 148(2):171-7. PMID: 20633725.
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    63. Kaafarani HM, Smith TS, Neumayer L, Berger DH, Depalma RG, Itani KM. Trends, outcomes, and predictors of open and conversion to open cholecystectomy in Veterans Health Administration hospitals. Am J Surg. 2010 Jul; 200(1):32-40. PMID: 20637334.
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    64. Fink AS, Prochazka AV, Henderson WG, Bartenfeld D, Nyirenda C, Webb A, Berger DH, Itani K, Whitehill T, Edwards J, Wilson M, Karsonovich C, Parmelee P. Enhancement of surgical informed consent by addition of repeat back: a multicenter, randomized controlled clinical trial. Ann Surg. 2010 Jul; 252(1):27-36. PMID: 20562609.
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    65. Balentine CJ, Marshall C, Robinson C, Wilks J, Anaya D, Albo D, Berger DH. Validating quantitative obesity measurements in colorectal cancer patients. J Surg Res. 2010 Nov; 164(1):18-22. PMID: 20828744.
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    66. Bakaeen FG, Chow M, Ghadir M, Albo D, Berger DH, Chu D. Ruptured colonic intramural hematoma with massive hemorrhage after aortic valve replacement. Am Surg. 2010 Jun; 76(6):647-8. PMID: 20583525.
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    67. Fink AS, Prochazka AV, Henderson WG, Bartenfeld D, Nyirenda C, Webb A, Berger DH, Itani K, Whitehill T, Edwards J, Wilson M, Karsonovich C, Parmelee P. Predictors of comprehension during surgical informed consent. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Jun; 210(6):919-26. PMID: 20510800.
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    68. Balentine CJ, Marshall C, Robinson C, Wilks J, Anaya D, Albo D, Berger DH. Obese patients benefit from minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery. J Surg Res. 2010 Sep; 163(1):29-34. PMID: 20538294.
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    69. Itani KM, Hur K, Kim LT, Anthony T, Berger DH, Reda D, Neumayer L. Comparison of laparoscopic and open repair with mesh for the treatment of ventral incisional hernia: a randomized trial. Arch Surg. 2010 Apr; 145(4):322-8; discussion 328. PMID: 20404280.
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    70. Balentine CJ, Wilks J, Robinson C, Marshall C, Anaya D, Albo D, Berger DH. Obesity increases wound complications in rectal cancer surgery. J Surg Res. 2010 Sep; 163(1):35-9. PMID: 20605591.
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    71. Bakaeen FG, Chu D, de la Cruz KI, Gopaldas RR, Sansgiry S, Huh J, LeMaire SA, Berger DH, Coselli JS. Aortic valve replacement: mortality predictions of surgeons versus risk model. J Surg Res. 2010 Sep; 163(1):1-6. PMID: 20605597.
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    72. Darouiche RO, Wall MJ, Itani KM, Otterson MF, Webb AL, Carrick MM, Miller HJ, Awad SS, Crosby CT, Mosier MC, Alsharif A, Berger DH. Chlorhexidine-Alcohol versus Povidone-Iodine for Surgical-Site Antisepsis. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jan 7; 362(1):18-26. PMID: 20054046.
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    73. Wilks JA, Balentine CJ, Berger DH, Anaya D, Awad S, Lee L, Haderxhanaj K, Albo D. Establishment of a minimally invasive program at a Veterans' Affairs Medical Center leads to improved care in colorectal cancer patients. Am J Surg. 2009 Nov; 198(5):685-92. PMID: 19887200.
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    74. Balentine C, Subramanian A, Palacio CH, Sansgiry S, Berger DH, Awad SS. AVAS Best Clinical Resident Award (Tied): management and outcomes of the open abdomen in nontrauma patients. Am J Surg. 2009 Nov; 198(5):588-92. PMID: 19887182.
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    75. Kaafarani HM, Hur K, Hirter A, Kim LT, Thomas A, Berger DH, Reda D, Itani KM. Seroma in ventral incisional herniorrhaphy: incidence, predictors and outcome. Am J Surg. 2009 Nov; 198(5):639-44. PMID: 19887192.
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    76. Liebig C, Ayala G, Wilks J, Verstovsek G, Liu H, Agarwal N, Berger DH, Albo D. Perineural invasion is an independent predictor of outcome in colorectal cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Nov 1; 27(31):5131-7. PMID: 19738119; PMCID: PMC2773472.
    77. Liebig C, Ayala G, Wilks JA, Berger DH, Albo D. Perineural invasion in cancer: a review of the literature. Cancer. 2009 Aug 1; 115(15):3379-91. PMID: 19484787.
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    78. Farrow B, Rowley D, Dang T, Berger DH. Characterization of tumor-derived pancreatic stellate cells. J Surg Res. 2009 Nov; 157(1):96-102. PMID: 19726060.
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    79. Farrow B, Berger DH, Rowley D. Tumor-derived pancreatic stellate cells promote pancreatic cancer cell invasion through release of thrombospondin-2. J Surg Res. 2009 Sep; 156(1):155-60. PMID: 19592030.
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    80. Yang L, Belaguli N, Berger DH. MicroRNA and colorectal cancer. World J Surg. 2009 Apr; 33(4):638-46. PMID: 19123024.
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    81. Bellows CF, Webber LS, Albo D, Awad S, Berger DH. Early predictors of anastomotic leaks after colectomy. Tech Coloproctol. 2009 Mar; 13(1):41-7. PMID: 19288246.
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    82. Wilks JA, Liebig C, Tasleem SH, Haderxhanaj K, Lee L, Farrow B, Awad S, Berger D, Albo D. Rectal cancer patients benefit from implementation of a dedicated colorectal cancer center in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Am J Surg. 2009 Jul; 198(1):100-4. PMID: 19268899.
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    83. Awad SS, Rao RK, Berger DH, Albo D, Bellows CF. Microbiology of infected acellular dermal matrix (AlloDerm) in patients requiring complex abdominal closure after emergency surgery. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2009 Feb; 10(1):79-84. PMID: 19298171.
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    84. Lee L, Berger DH, Awad SS, Brandt ML, Martinez G, Brunicardi FC. Conflict resolution: practical principles for surgeons. World J Surg. 2008 Nov; 32(11):2331-5. PMID: 18787896.
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    85. Farrow B, Awad S, Berger DH, Albo D, Lee L, Subramanian A, Bellows CF. More than 150 consecutive open umbilical hernia repairs in a major Veterans Administration Medical Center. Am J Surg. 2008 Nov; 196(5):647-51. PMID: 18954598.
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    86. Albo D, Farrow B, Berger DH. Translation of recent advances and discoveries in molecular biology and immunology in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2008 Apr; 17(2):357-76, ix. PMID: 18375357.
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    87. Lee L, Brunicardi FC, Scott BG, Berger DH, Bush RL, Awad SS, Brandt ML. Impact of a novel education curriculum on surgical training within an academic training program. J Surg Res. 2008 Apr; 145(2):308-12. PMID: 18262564.
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    88. Lin PH, Barshes NR, Albo D, Kougias P, Berger DH, Huynh TT, LeMaire SA, Dardik A, Lee WA, Coselli JS. Concomitant colorectal cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysm: evolution of treatment paradigm in the endovascular era. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 May; 206(5):1065-73; discussion 1074-5. PMID: 18471757.
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    89. Farrow B, Albo D, Berger DH. The role of the tumor microenvironment in the progression of pancreatic cancer. J Surg Res. 2008 Oct; 149(2):319-28. PMID: 18639248.
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    90. Bakaeen FG, Huh J, Chu D, Coselli JS, LeMaire SA, Mattox KL, Wall MJ, Wang XL, Shenaq SA, Atluri PV, Awad SS, Berger DH. Hurricane Katrina: impact on cardiac surgery case volume and outcomes. Tex Heart Inst J. 2008; 35(3):273-8. PMID: 18941612; PMCID: PMC2565551.
    91. Awad SS, Elhabash SI, Lee L, Farrow B, Berger DH. Increasing incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft-tissue infections: reconsideration of empiric antimicrobial therapy. Am J Surg. 2007 Nov; 194(5):606-10. PMID: 17936421.
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    92. Chu D, Bakaeen FG, Shenaq SA, Ribati M, Atluri PV, Holmes SA, Berger DH, Huh J. Open-heart operations in patients with a spinal cord injury. Am J Surg. 2007 Nov; 194(5):663-7. PMID: 17936431.
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    93. Silberfein EJ, Zhou W, Kougias P, El Sayed HF, Huynh TT, Albo D, Berger DH, Brunicardi FC, Lin PH. Percutaneous cholecystostomy for acute cholecystitis in high-risk patients: experience of a surgeon-initiated interventional program. Am J Surg. 2007 Nov; 194(5):672-7. PMID: 17936433.
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    94. Lee L, Jannapureddy M, Albo D, Awad SS, Farrow B, Bellows CC, Berger DH. Outcomes of Veterans Affairs patients older than age 80 after surgical procedures for colon malignancies. Am J Surg. 2007 Nov; 194(5):646-51. PMID: 17936428.
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    95. Berg C, Berger DH, Makia A, Whalen C, Albo D, Bellows C, Awad SS. Perioperative beta-blocker therapy and heart rate control during noncardiac surgery. Am J Surg. 2007 Aug; 194(2):189-91. PMID: 17618802.
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    96. Bellows CF, Albo D, Berger DH, Awad SS. Abdominal wall repair using human acellular dermis. Am J Surg. 2007 Aug; 194(2):192-8. PMID: 17618803.
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    97. Le A, Berger D, Lau M, El-Serag HB. Secular trends in the use, quality, and outcomes of gastrectomy for noncardia gastric cancer in the United States. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Sep; 14(9):2519-27. PMID: 17610016.
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    98. Le AT, Albo D, Berger DH. Quality of life in the elderly with rectal cancer. J Am Coll Surg. 2007 Jul; 205(1):124-31. PMID: 17617341.
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    99. Awad SS, Yallampalli S, Yallalampalli S, Srour AM, Bellows CF, Albo D, Berger DH. Improved outcomes with the Prolene Hernia System mesh compared with the time-honored Lichtenstein onlay mesh repair for inguinal hernia repair. Am J Surg. 2007 Jun; 193(6):697-701. PMID: 17512279.
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    100. Belaguli NS, Zhang M, Rigi M, Aftab M, Berger DH. Cooperation between GATA4 and TGF-beta signaling regulates intestinal epithelial gene expression. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007 Jun; 292(6):G1520-33. PMID: 17290010.
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    101. Albo D, Awad SS, Berger DH, Bellows CF. Decellularized human cadaveric dermis provides a safe alternative for primary inguinal hernia repair in contaminated surgical fields. Am J Surg. 2006 Nov; 192(5):e12-7. PMID: 17071174.
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    102. Bakaeen F, Awad S, Albo D, Bellows CF, Huh J, Kistner C, Izard D, Triebel J, Khan M, Berger DH. Epidemiology of exposure to blood borne pathogens on a surgical service. Am J Surg. 2006 Nov; 192(5):e18-21. PMID: 17071175.
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    103. Bellows CF, Berger DH. Infiltration of suture sites with local anesthesia for management of pain following laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs: a prospective randomized trial. JSLS. 2006 Jul-Sep; 10(3):345-50. PMID: 17212893; PMCID: PMC3015695.
    104. Fagan SP, Bellows CF, Albo D, Rodriquez-Barradas M, Feanny M, Awad SS, Berger DH. Length of human immunodeficiency virus disease and not immune status is a risk factor for development of anal carcinoma. Am J Surg. 2005 Nov; 190(5):732-5. PMID: 16226949.
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    105. Awad SS, Fagan SP, Bellows C, Albo D, Green-Rashad B, De la Garza M, Berger DH. Bridging the communication gap in the operating room with medical team training. Am J Surg. 2005 Nov; 190(5):770-4. PMID: 16226956.
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    106. Davila JA, Rabeneck L, Berger DH, El-Serag HB. Postoperative 30-day mortality following surgical resection for colorectal cancer in veterans: changes in the right direction. Dig Dis Sci. 2005 Sep; 50(9):1722-8. PMID: 16133979.
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    107. Bellows CF, Berger DH, Crass RA. Management of gallstones. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):637-42. PMID: 16127953.
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    108. Berger DH. An introduction to obtaining extramural funding. J Surg Res. 2005 Oct; 128(2):226-31. PMID: 16098537.
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    109. Darouiche RO, Berger DH, Khardori N, Robertson CS, Wall MJ, Metzler MH, Shah S, Mansouri MD, Cerra-Stewart C, Versalovic J, Reardon MJ, Raad II. Comparison of antimicrobial impregnation with tunneling of long-term central venous catheters: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Surg. 2005 Aug; 242(2):193-200. PMID: 16041209; PMCID: PMC1357724.
    110. Patten LC, Awad SS, Berger DH, Fagan SP. Rectus abdominus myonecrosis: an unrecognized complication of rectus sheath hematoma. J Trauma. 2005 Aug; 59(2):475-7. PMID: 16294096.
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    111. Kaafarani HM, Itani KM, Petersen LA, Thornby J, Berger DH. Does resident hours reduction have an impact on surgical outcomes? J Surg Res. 2005 Jun 15; 126(2):167-71. PMID: 15919415.
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    112. Patten LC, Berger DH. Role of proteases in pancreatic carcinoma. World J Surg. 2005 Mar; 29(3):258-63. PMID: 15706437.
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    113. Abraham NS, Davila JA, Rabeneck L, Berger DH, El-Serag HB. Increased use of low anterior resection for veterans with rectal cancer. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Jan 1; 21(1):35-41. PMID: 15644043.
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    114. Farnsworth N, Fagan SP, Berger DH, Awad SS. Child-Turcotte-Pugh versus MELD score as a predictor of outcome after elective and emergent surgery in cirrhotic patients. Am J Surg. 2004 Nov; 188(5):580-3. PMID: 15546574.
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    115. Awad SS, Hayley B, Fagan SP, Berger DH, Brunicardi FC. The impact of a novel resident leadership training curriculum. Am J Surg. 2004 Nov; 188(5):481-4. PMID: 15546554.
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    116. Nguyen L, Fagan SP, Lee TC, Aoki N, Itani KM, Berger DH, Awad SS. Use of a predictive equation for diagnosis of acute gangrenous cholecystitis. Am J Surg. 2004 Nov; 188(5):463-6. PMID: 15546551.
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    117. Kaafarani HM, Itani KM, Thornby J, Berger DH. Thirty-day and one-year predictors of death in noncardiac major surgical procedures. Am J Surg. 2004 Nov; 188(5):495-9. PMID: 15546557.
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    118. Patten LC, Belaguli NS, Baek MJ, Fagan SP, Awad SS, Berger DH. Serum response factor is alternatively spliced in human colon cancer. J Surg Res. 2004 Sep; 121(1):92-100. PMID: 15313381.
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    119. Patten LC, Awad SS, Berger DH, Fagan SP. A novel technique for the repair of lumbar hernias after iliac crest bone harvest. Am J Surg. 2004 Jul; 188(1):85-8. PMID: 15219491.
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    120. Fagan SP, Awad SS, Berger DH. Management of complicated umbilical hernias in patients with end-stage liver disease and refractory ascites. Surgery. 2004 Jun; 135(6):679-82. PMID: 15179375.
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    121. Patten LC, Berger DH, Rodriguez-Bigas M, Mansfield P, Delpassand E, Cleary KR, Fagan SP, Curley SA, Hunt KK, Feig BW. A prospective evaluation of radiocolloid and immunohistochemical staining in colon carcinoma lymphatic mapping. Cancer. 2004 May 15; 100(10):2104-9. PMID: 15139051.
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    122. Fagan SP, Awad SS, Rahwan K, Hira K, Aoki N, Itani KM, Berger DH. Prognostic factors for the development of gangrenous cholecystitis. Am J Surg. 2003 Nov; 186(5):481-5. PMID: 14599611.
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    123. Berger DH, Ko CY, Spain DA. Society of University Surgeons position statement on the volume-outcome relationship for surgical procedures. Surgery. 2003 Jul; 134(1):34-40. PMID: 12874580.
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    124. Berger DH, O'Mahony CA, Sheng H, Shao J, Albo D, DuBois RN, Beauchamp RD. Intestinal transformation results in transforming growth factor-beta-dependent alteration in tumor cell-cell matrix interactions. Surgery. 2003 May; 133(5):568-79. PMID: 12773985.
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    125. Fisher WE, Berger DH. Angiogenesis and antiangiogenic strategies in pancreatic cancer. Int J Gastrointest Cancer. 2003; 33(1):79-88. PMID: 12909740.
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    126. Fagan SP, Berger DH, Rahwan K, Awad SS. Spider Bites Presenting with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Soft Tissue Infection Require Early Aggressive Treatment. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2003; 4(4):311-5. PMID: 15012857.
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    127. Awad SS, Fagan S, Abudayyeh S, Karim N, Berger DH, Ayub K. Preoperative evaluation of hepatic lesions for the staging of hepatocellular and metastatic liver carcinoma using endoscopic ultrasonography. Am J Surg. 2002 Dec; 184(6):601-4; discussion 604-5. PMID: 12488184.
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    128. Berger DH, Feng XH, Yao J, Saha D, Beauchamp RD, Lin X. Resistance to transforming growth factor-beta occurs in the presence of normal Smad activation. Surgery. 2002 Aug; 132(2):310-6. PMID: 12219028.
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    129. Fisher WE, Wu Y, Amaya F, Berger DH. Somatostatin receptor subtype 2 gene therapy inhibits pancreatic cancer in vitro. J Surg Res. 2002 Jun 1; 105(1):58-64. PMID: 12069503.
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    130. Awad SS, Liscum KR, Aoki N, Awad SH, Berger DH. Does the subjective evaluation of medical student surgical knowledge correlate with written and oral exam performance? J Surg Res. 2002 May 1; 104(1):36-9. PMID: 11971675.
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    131. Berger DH. The Association for Academic Surgery, an idea whose time has come? J Surg Res. 2002 May 1; 104(1):1-7. PMID: 11971670.
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    132. Berger DH. Plasmin/plasminogen system in colorectal cancer. World J Surg. 2002 Jul; 26(7):767-71. PMID: 11965442.
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    133. Feig BW, Curley S, Lucci A, Hunt KK, Vauthey JN, Mansfield PF, Cleary K, Hamilton S, Ellis V, Brame M, Berger DH. A caution regarding lymphatic mapping in patients with colon cancer. Am J Surg. 2001 Dec; 182(6):707-12. PMID: 11839343.
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    134. O'Mahony CA, Beauchamp RD, Albo D, Tsujii M, Sheng HM, Shao J, Dubois RN, Berger DH. Cyclooxygenase-2 alters transforming growth factor-beta 1 response during intestinal tumorigenesis. Surgery. 1999 Aug; 126(2):364-70. PMID: 10455907.
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    135. Albo D, Berger DH, Vogel J, Tuszynski GP. Thrombospondin-1 and transforming growth factor beta-1 upregulate plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 in pancreatic cancer. J Gastrointest Surg. 1999 Jul-Aug; 3(4):411-7. PMID: 10482694.
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    136. Albo D, Berger DH, Rothman VL, Tuszynski GP. Role of urokinase plasminogen activator receptor in thrombospondin 1-mediated tumor cell invasion. J Surg Res. 1999 Apr; 82(2):331-8. PMID: 10090848.
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    137. Sheng H, Shao J, O'Mahony CA, Lamps L, Albo D, Isakson PC, Berger DH, DuBois RN, Beauchamp RD. Transformation of intestinal epithelial cells by chronic TGF-beta1 treatment results in downregulation of the type II TGF-beta receptor and induction of cyclooxygenase-2. Oncogene. 1999 Jan 28; 18(4):855-67. PMID: 10023661.
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    138. O'Mahony CA, Albo D, Tuszynski GP, Berger DH. Transforming growth factor-beta 1 inhibits generation of angiostatin by human pancreatic cancer cells. Surgery. 1998 Aug; 124(2):388-93. PMID: 9706163.
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    139. O'Mahony CA, Seidel A, Albo D, Chang H, Tuszynski GP, Berger DH. Angiostatin generation by human pancreatic cancer. J Surg Res. 1998 Jun; 77(1):55-8. PMID: 9698533.
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    140. Albo D, Berger DH, Tuszynski GP. The effect of thrombospondin-1 and TGF-beta 1 on pancreatic cancer cell invasion. J Surg Res. 1998 Apr; 76(1):86-90. PMID: 9695745.
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    141. Albo D, Berger DH, Wang TN, Hu X, Rothman V, Tuszynski GP. Thrombospondin-1 and transforming growth factor-beta l promote breast tumor cell invasion through up-regulation of the plasminogen/plasmin system. Surgery. 1997 Aug; 122(2):493-9; discussion 499-500. PMID: 9288157.
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    142. Berger DH, Feig BW, Podoloff D, Norman J, Cruse CW, Reintgen DS, Ross MI. Lymphoscintigraphy as a predictor of lymphatic drainage from cutaneous melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 1997 Apr-May; 4(3):247-51. PMID: 9142386.
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    143. Berger DH, Carrasco CH, Hohn DC, Curley SA. Hepatic artery chemoembolization or embolization for primary and metastatic liver tumors: post-treatment management and complications. J Surg Oncol. 1995 Oct; 60(2):116-21. PMID: 7564377.
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