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JAMES W. SULIBURK

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address1504 Taub Loop, 4th Flooor, #41S10010
Houston TX 77030
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    Dr. James Suliburk's research program at Ben Taub Hospital offers opportunities in translational science, clinical outcomes and technology development and innovation. Research interests include clinical outcomes in endocrine surgery in underserved and minority populations, outcomes in acute care and trauma surgery and application of mobile technology to improve peri-operative surgical care and communication. The research comes from the establishment of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment of endocrine surgical program at Ben Taub Hospital in addition to the creation and standardization hemorrhagic shock resuscitation pathways for severely injured trauma patients.

    Translational research opportunities include development of novel molecular markers to predict outcome in endocrine surgical disease (thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, and adrenal tumors) as well as metabolic markers of the endocrine response in severely injured major trauma patients. Clinical research includes outcomes analysis of access to care for underserved populations undergoing endocrine surgery along with developing novel percutaneous surgical approaches to treat thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease and ongoing refinement of hemorrhagic shock resuscitation strategies to improve survival in our trauma patients.

    Finally and perhaps most exciting is work recently begun in technology and innovation. Mobile technology has become an ever-present part of daily life and I have now begun to study and apply methods of utilizing automated mobile technology to improve communication with patients for detection of impending complications and to supplement peri-operative care for surgical patients.

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    • Mobile Technology
    • Clinical outcomes
    • Safety & quality in under served populations


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    1. Carrick MM, Morrison CA, Tapia NM, Leonard J, Suliburk JW, Norman MA, Welsh FJ, Scott BG, Liscum KR, Raty SR, Wall MJ, Mattox KL. Intraoperative hypotensive resuscitation for patients undergoing laparotomy or thoracotomy for trauma: Early termination of a randomized prospective clinical trial. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Jun; 80(6):886-96. PMID: 27015578.
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    2. Ferrada P, Suliburk JW, Bryczkowski SB, Selby LV, Lee EE, Torres M, Kothari AN, Kulaylat AN. The surgeon and social media: Twitter as a tool for practicing surgeons. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jun; 101(6):19-24. PMID: 27405181.
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    3. Scott AR, Gilani R, Tapia NM, Mattox KL, Wall MJ, Suliburk JW. Endovascular management of traumatic peripheral arterial injuries. J Surg Res. 2015 Dec; 199(2):557-63. PMID: 26115809.
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    4. 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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    5. Couturier J, Suliburk JW, Brown JM, Luke DJ, Agarwal N, Yu X, Nguyen C, Iyer D, Kozinetz CA, Overbeek PA, Metzker ML, Balasubramanyam A, Lewis DE. Human adipose tissue as a reservoir for memory CD4+ T cells and HIV. AIDS. 2015 Mar 27; 29(6):667-74. PMID: 25849830; PMCID: PMC4389783.
    6. Arita NA, Nguyen MT, Nguyen DH, Berger RL, Lew DF, Suliburk JT, Askenasy EP, Kao LS, Liang MK. Laparoscopic repair reduces incidence of surgical site infections for all ventral hernias. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jul; 29(7):1769-80. PMID: 25294541; PMCID: PMC4390429 [Available on 07/01/16].
    7. Morris LF, Lee S, Warneke CL, Abadin SS, Suliburk JW, Romero Arenas MA, Lee JE, Grubbs EG, Perrier ND. Fewer adverse events after reoperative parathyroidectomy associated with initial minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. Am J Surg. 2014 Nov; 208(5):850-5. PMID: 25152254.
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    8. 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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    9. Cochran A, Kao LS, Gusani NJ, Suliburk JW, Nwomeh BC. Use of Twitter to document the 2013 Academic Surgical Congress. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul; 190(1):36-40. PMID: 24655663.
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    10. Tapia NM, Suliburk J, Mattox KL. The initial trauma center fluid management of penetrating injury: a systematic review. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Dec; 471(12):3961-73. PMID: 23807449; PMCID: PMC3825889.
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Balentine CJ, Domingo RP, Patel R, Laucirica R, Suliburk JW. Thyroid lobectomy for indeterminate FNA: not without consequences. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep; 184(1):189-92. PMID: 23777982.
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    14. Tapia NM, Fallon SC, Brandt ML, Scott BG, Suliburk JW. Assessment and standardization of resident handoff practices: PACT project. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep; 184(1):71-7. PMID: 23721935.
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    15. Tapia NM, Chang A, Norman M, Welsh F, Scott B, Wall MJ, Mattox KL, Suliburk J. TEG-guided resuscitation is superior to standardized MTP resuscitation in massively transfused penetrating trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Feb; 74(2):378-85; discussion 385-6. PMID: 23354228.
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    16. Sierink JC, Saltzherr TP, Beenen LF, Luitse JS, Hollmann MW, Reitsma JB, Edwards MJ, Patka P, Beuker BJ, Suliburk JW, Hohmann J, Dijkgraaf MG, Goslings JC. Randomised, controlled trial of immediate total-body computed tomography scanning in trauma patients. Emerg Med Australas. 2012 Jun; 24(3):350-1. PMID: 22672180.
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    17. Sierink JC, Saltzherr TP, Beenen LF, Luitse JS, Hollmann MW, Reitsma JB, Edwards MJ, Hohmann J, Beuker BJ, Patka P, Suliburk JW, Dijkgraaf MG, Goslings JC. A multicenter, randomized controlled trial of immediate total-body CT scanning in trauma patients (REACT-2). BMC Emerg Med. 2012; 12:4. PMID: 22458247; PMCID: PMC3361475.
    18. Ortiz J, Suliburk JW, Wu K, Bailard NS, Mason C, Minard CG, Palvadi RR. Bilateral transversus abdominis plane block does not decrease postoperative pain after laparoscopic cholecystectomy when compared with local anesthetic infiltration of trocar insertion sites. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2012 Mar-Apr; 37(2):188-92. PMID: 22330261.
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    19. Suliburk JW. Complications of emergency center thoracotomy. Tex Heart Inst J. 2012; 39(6):876-7. PMID: 23304043; PMCID: PMC3528230.
    20. Brown S, O'Neill C, Suliburk J, Sidhu S, Sywak M, Gill A, Robinson B, Delbridge L. Parathyroid carcinoma: increasing incidence and changing presentation. ANZ J Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug; 81(7-8):528-32. PMID: 22295377.
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    21. Chang LY, O'Neill C, Suliburk J, Sidhu S, Delbridge L, Sywak M. Sutureless total thyroidectomy: a safe and cost-effective alternative. ANZ J Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug; 81(7-8):510-4. PMID: 22295369.
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    22. O'Neill CJ, Chang LY, Suliburk JW, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Sutureless thyroidectomy: surgical technique. ANZ J Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug; 81(7-8):515-8. PMID: 22295371.
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    23. Moffett JM, Suliburk J. Parathyroid autotransplantation. Endocr Pract. 2011 Mar-Apr; 17 Suppl 1:83-9. PMID: 21324813.
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    24. Oucharek JJ, O'Neill CJ, Suliburk JW, Sywak MS, Delbridge LW, Sidhu SB. Durability of focused minimally invasive parathyroidectomy in young patients with sporadic primary hyperparathyroidism. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 May; 18(5):1290-2. PMID: 21108046.
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    25. O'Neill CJ, Spence A, Logan B, Suliburk JW, Soon PS, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB, Sywak MS. Adrenal incidentalomas: risk of adrenocortical carcinoma and clinical outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2010 Oct 1; 102(5):450-3. PMID: 20734420.
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    26. Suliburk JW, Sywak MS, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW. 1000 minimally invasive parathyroidectomies without intra-operative parathyroid hormone measurement: lessons learned. ANZ J Surg. 2011 May; 81(5):362-5. PMID: 21518187.
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    27. Williams MD, Suliburk JW, Staerkel GA, Busaidy NL, Clayman GL, Evans DB, Perrier ND. Clinical significance of distinguishing between follicular lesion and follicular neoplasm in thyroid fine-needle aspiration biopsy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2009 Nov; 16(11):3146-53. PMID: 19727961.
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    28. Suliburk J, Delbridge L. Surgical management of well-differentiated thyroid cancer: state of the art. Surg Clin North Am. 2009 Oct; 89(5):1171-91. PMID: 19836491.
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    29. Jastrow KM, Gonzalez EA, McGuire MF, Suliburk JW, Kozar RA, Iyengar S, Motschall DA, McKinley BA, Moore FA, Mercer DW. Early cytokine production risk stratifies trauma patients for multiple organ failure. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Sep; 209(3):320-31. PMID: 19717036.
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    30. Suliburk JW, Ward JL, Helmer KS, Adams SD, Zuckerbraun BS, Mercer DW. Ketamine-induced hepatoprotection: the role of heme oxygenase-1. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2009 Jun; 296(6):G1360-9. PMID: 19372106; PMCID: PMC2697945.
    31. Suliburk JW, Kao LS, Kozar RA, Mercer DW. Training future surgical scientists: realities and recommendations. Ann Surg. 2008 May; 247(5):741-9. PMID: 18438110.
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    32. West SD, Suliburk JW, Helmer KS, Mercer DW. Cyclooxygenase-1 suppresses lipopolysaccharide-induced changes in rat gastric inducible nitric oxide synthase. Crit Care Med. 2008 Feb; 36(2):572-9. PMID: 18216606.
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    33. Suliburk J, Helmer K, Moore F, Mercer D. The gut in systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis. Enzyme systems fighting multiple organ failure. Eur Surg Res. 2008; 40(2):184-9. PMID: 17998777.
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    34. Suliburk JW, Perrier ND. Primary hyperparathyroidism. Oncologist. 2007 Jun; 12(6):644-53. PMID: 17602056.
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    35. Suliburk JW, Mercer DW. Ketamine attenuates early lipopolysaccharide-induced gastric dysfunction: role of stress-inducible phosphoproteins. J Trauma. 2007 Feb; 62(2):316-9. PMID: 17297319.
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    36. Helmer KS, Suliburk JW, Mercer DW. Ketamine-induced gastroprotection during endotoxemia: role of heme-oxygenase-1. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Sep; 51(9):1571-81. PMID: 16927154.
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    37. Gonzalez EA, Kozar RA, Suliburk JW, Weisbrodt NW, Mercer DW, Moore FA. Conventional dose hypertonic saline provides optimal gut protection and limits remote organ injury after gut ischemia reperfusion. J Trauma. 2006 Jul; 61(1):66-73; discussion 73-4. PMID: 16832251.
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    38. Robinson EK, Seaworth CM, Suliburk JW, Adams SD, Kao LS, Mercer DW. Effect of NOS inhibition on rat gastric matrix metalloproteinase production during endotoxemia. Shock. 2006 May; 25(5):507-14. PMID: 16680016.
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    39. West SD, Suliburk JW, Smith GS, Mercer DW. Effects of lipopolysaccharide on gastric stasis: role of cyclooxygenase. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Apr; 51(4):754-65. PMID: 16615000.
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    40. Gonzalez EA, Kozar RA, Suliburk JW, Weisbrodt NW, Mercer DW, Moore FA. Hypertonic saline resuscitation after mesenteric ischemia/reperfusion induces ileal apoptosis. J Trauma. 2005 Nov; 59(5):1092-8. PMID: 16385285.
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    41. Robinson EK, Kennison SD, Suliburk JW, Mercer DW. Rat gastric injury after lipopolysaccharide: role of inducible nitric oxide synthase. Surgery. 2005 Sep; 138(3):523-9. PMID: 16213908.
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    42. Suliburk JW, Helmer KS, Gonzalez EA, Robinson EK, Mercer DW. Ketamine attenuates liver injury attributed to endotoxemia: role of cyclooxygenase-2. Surgery. 2005 Aug; 138(2):134-40. PMID: 16153419.
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    43. Suliburk JW, Gonzalez EA, Moore-Olufemi SD, Weisbrodt N, Moore FA, Mercer DW. Ketamine inhibits lipopolysacharide (LPS) induced gastric luminal fluid accumulation. J Surg Res. 2005 Aug; 127(2):203-7. PMID: 15916771.
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    44. Suliburk JW, Helmer KS, Kennison SD, Mercer DW, Robinson EK. Time-dependent aggravation or attenuation of lipopolysaccharide-induced gastric injury by nitric oxide synthase inhibition. J Surg Res. 2005 Dec; 129(2):265-71. PMID: 16026802.
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    45. Suliburk JW, Gonzalez EA, Kennison SD, Helmer KS, Mercer DW. Differential effects of anesthetics on endotoxin-induced liver injury. J Trauma. 2005 Apr; 58(4):711-6; discussion 716-7. PMID: 15824646.
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    46. Suliburk JW, Ware DN, Balogh Z, McKinley BA, Cocanour CS, Kozar RA, Moore FA, Ivatury RR. Vacuum-assisted wound closure achieves early fascial closure of open abdomens after severe trauma. J Trauma. 2003 Dec; 55(6):1155-60; discussion 1160-1. PMID: 14676665.
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    47. Suliburk J. Handheld medicine--handheld software to ease the day and improve patient care. Curr Surg. 2003 Mar-Apr; 60(2):176-7; discussion 177. PMID: 14972291.
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    48. Suliburk J. Which handheld should I buy? Curr Surg. 2003 Jan-Feb; 60(1):75-6. PMID: 14972317.
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