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AVO ARTINYAN

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address6501 Fannin St., Suite 100N
Houston TX 77030
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    Dr. Avo Artinyan has comprehensive training and ample expertise in basic research and in clinical surgical oncology focusing on minimally-invasive/robotic GI surgical oncology and clinical outcomes research.

    In 2009, Dr. Artinyan joined the Department’s Division of Surgical Oncology and his practice is at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center where he has helped develop the Robotic Colorectal Cancer Surgery Program.

    Dr. Artinyan also directs the Department's Surgical Simulation Laboratory.

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    Sphincter-preservation and functional outcomes in rectal cancer
    Minimally-invasive, robotic and endoscopic GI surgical oncology
    Clinical outcomes after cancer resection


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    1. Massarweh NN, Artinyan A, Chang GJ. Neoadjuvant treatment for rectal cancer-A value-based proposition. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Sep; 114(3):304-10. PMID: 27111410.
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    2. Robinson C, Artinyan A. Pushing the Limits of Local Excision for Rectal Cancer: Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) for Rectal Cancer Using the Port-in-Port Technique. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Mar; 23(3):918. PMID: 26644257.
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    3. Malaty HM, Sansgiry S, Artinyan A, Hou JK. Time Trends, Clinical Characteristics, and Risk Factors of Chronic Anal Fissure Among a National Cohort of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Mar; 61(3):861-4. PMID: 26514675.
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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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.
    9. Hussein Q, Artinyan A. Pushing the limits of local excision for rectal cancer: transanal minimally invasive surgery for an upper rectal/rectosigmoid lesion. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 May; 21(5):1631. PMID: 24407315.
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    10. Ross A, Mohammed S, Vanburen G, Silberfein EJ, Artinyan A, Hodges SE, Fisher WE. An assessment of the necessity of transfusion during pancreatoduodenectomy. Surgery. 2013 Sep; 154(3):504-11. PMID: 23972656.
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    11. Mohammed S, Evans C, VanBuren G, Hodges SE, Silberfein E, Artinyan A, Mo Q, Issazadeh M, McElhany AL, Fisher WE. Treatment of bacteriobilia decreases wound infection rates after pancreaticoduodenectomy. HPB (Oxford). 2014 Jun; 16(6):592-8. PMID: 23992045; PMCID: PMC4048081.
    12. 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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    13. 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.
    14. Patel SS, Arrington AK, McKenzie S, Mailey B, Ding M, Lee W, Artinyan A, Nissen N, Colquhoun SD, Kim J. Milan Criteria and UCSF Criteria: A Preliminary Comparative Study of Liver Transplantation Outcomes in the United States. Int J Hepatol. 2012; 2012:253517. PMID: 22957260; PMCID: PMC3432361.
    15. Smith RA, Anaya DA, Albo D, Artinyan A. A stepwise approach to transanal endoscopic microsurgery for rectal cancer using a single-incision laparoscopic port. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Sep; 19(9):2859. PMID: 22526906.
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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. Lee W, Nelson R, Akmal Y, Mailey B, McKenzie S, Artinyan A, Ashing-Giwa KT, Chen YJ, Garcia-Aguilar J, Kim J. Racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes with radiation therapy for rectal adenocarcinoma. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2012 Jun; 27(6):737-49. PMID: 22159751.
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    20. Soriano PA, Liu N, Castillo E, Foster B, Artinyan A, Kim J, Huang W, Wagman LD. Oxaliplatin but not irinotecan impairs posthepatectomy liver regeneration in a murine model. Int J Hepatol. 2011; 2011:490463. PMID: 22164336; PMCID: PMC3230113.
    21. 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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    22. Fisher WE, Hodges SE, Cruz G, Artinyan A, Silberfein EJ, Ahern CH, Jo E, Brunicardi FC. Routine nasogastric suction may be unnecessary after a pancreatic resection. HPB (Oxford). 2011 Nov; 13(11):792-6. PMID: 21999592; PMCID: PMC3238013.
    23. Fisher WE, Hodges SE, Silberfein EJ, Artinyan A, Ahern CH, Jo E, Brunicardi FC. Pancreatic resection without routine intraperitoneal drainage. HPB (Oxford). 2011 Jul; 13(7):503-10. PMID: 21689234; PMCID: PMC3133717.
    24. McKenzie S, Artinyan A, Holt AD, Garcia-Aguilar J, Ellenhorn J, Morgan R, Paz B. Selection criteria for complete cytoreduction after cytoreductive surgery for peritoneal surface malignancy: lessons learned from our first series of patients. Am Surg. 2011 Apr; 77(4):430-7. PMID: 21679551.
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    25. Kim J, Artinyan A, Mailey B, Christopher S, Lee W, McKenzie S, Chen SL, Bhatia S, Pigazzi A, Garcia-Aguilar J. An interaction of race and ethnicity with socioeconomic status in rectal cancer outcomes. Ann Surg. 2011 Apr; 253(4):647-54. PMID: 21475002.
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    26. 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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    27. 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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    28. Mailey B, Artinyan A, Khalili J, Denitz J, Sanchez-Luege N, Sun CL, Bhatia S, Nissen N, Colquhoun SD, Kim J. Evaluation of absolute serum ?-fetoprotein levels in liver transplant for hepatocellular cancer. Arch Surg. 2011 Jan; 146(1):26-33. PMID: 21242442.
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    29. 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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    30. Artinyan A, Anaya DA, McKenzie S, Ellenhorn JD, Kim J. Neoadjuvant therapy is associated with improved survival in resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Cancer. 2011 May 15; 117(10):2044-9. PMID: 21523715.
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    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. McKenzie S, Mailey B, Artinyan A, Metchikian M, Shibata S, Kernstine K, Kim J. Improved outcomes in the management of esophageal cancer with the addition of surgical resection to chemoradiation therapy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Feb; 18(2):551-8. PMID: 20839062.
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    34. McKenzie S, Mailey B, Artinyan A, Kim J, Ellenhorn JD. The incidence and outcomes of pancreatectomy in patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. JOP. 2010; 11(4):341-7. PMID: 20601808.
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    35. Pal SK, Lau SK, Kruper L, Nwoye U, Garberoglio C, Gupta RK, Paz B, Vora L, Guzman E, Artinyan A, Somlo G. Papillary carcinoma of the breast: an overview. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 Aug; 122(3):637-45. PMID: 20524058; PMCID: PMC3244819.
    36. McKenzie S, Lee W, Artinyan A, Mailey B, Pigazzi A, Ellenhorn J, Kim J. Surgical resection and multidisciplinary care for primary and metastatic pancreatic islet cell carcinomas. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Nov; 14(11):1796-803. PMID: 20480251.
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    37. Artinyan A, Mailey B, Sanchez-Luege N, Khalili J, Sun CL, Bhatia S, Wagman LD, Nissen N, Colquhoun SD, Kim J. Race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence the survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States. Cancer. 2010 Mar 1; 116(5):1367-77. PMID: 20101732.
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    38. Shen X, Artinyan A, Jackson D, Thomas RM, Lowy AM, Kim J. Chemokine receptor CXCR4 enhances proliferation in pancreatic cancer cells through AKT and ERK dependent pathways. Pancreas. 2010 Jan; 39(1):81-7. PMID: 19820417.
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    39. Pastor C, Artinyan A, Varma MG, Kim E, Gibbs L, Garcia-Aguilar J. An increase in compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project measures does not prevent surgical site infection in colorectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Jan; 53(1):24-30. PMID: 20010346.
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    40. Mailey B, Buchberg B, Prendergast C, Artinyan A, Khalili J, Sanchez-Luege N, Colquhoun SD, Kim J. A disease-based comparison of liver transplantation outcomes. Am Surg. 2009 Oct; 75(10):901-8. PMID: 19886131.
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    41. Mailey B, Truong C, Artinyan A, Khalili J, Sanchez-Luege N, Denitz J, Marx H, Wagman LD, Kim J. Surgical resection of primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies following portal vein embolization. J Surg Oncol. 2009 Sep 1; 100(3):184-90. PMID: 19572328.
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    42. Kim J, Sun CL, Mailey B, Prendergast C, Artinyan A, Bhatia S, Pigazzi A, Ellenhorn JD. Race and ethnicity correlate with survival in patients with gastric adenocarcinoma. Ann Oncol. 2010 Jan; 21(1):152-60. PMID: 19622590.
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    43. Kim J, Mailey B, Senthil M, Artinyan A, Sun CL, Bhatia S. Disparities in gastric cancer outcomes among Asian ethnicities in the USA. Ann Surg Oncol. 2009 Sep; 16(9):2433-41. PMID: 19582508.
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    44. Kounalakis N, Artinyan A, Smith D, Mojica-Manoso P, Paz B, Lai LL. Abdominal perineal resection improves survival for nonmetastatic adenocarcinoma of the anal canal. Ann Surg Oncol. 2009 May; 16(5):1310-5. PMID: 19241106.
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    45. Artinyan A, Guzman E, Maghami E, Al-Sayed M, D'Apuzzo M, Wagman L, Kim J. Metastatic parathyroid carcinoma to the liver treated with radiofrequency ablation and transcatheter arterial embolization. J Clin Oncol. 2008 Aug 20; 26(24):4039-41. PMID: 18711197.
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    46. Artinyan A, Kim J, Soriano P, Chow W, Bhatia S, Ellenhorn JD. Metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors in the era of imatinib: improved survival and elimination of socioeconomic survival disparities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Aug; 17(8):2194-201. PMID: 18708414.
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    47. Hellan M, Sun CL, Artinyan A, Mojica-Manosa P, Bhatia S, Ellenhorn JD, Kim J. The impact of lymph node number on survival in patients with lymph node-negative pancreatic cancer. Pancreas. 2008 Jul; 37(1):19-24. PMID: 18580439.
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    48. Artinyan A, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Balasubramaniam S, Gauderman J, Essani R, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Kaiser AM, Beart RW. Prolonged postoperative ileus-definition, risk factors, and predictors after surgery. World J Surg. 2008 Jul; 32(7):1495-500. PMID: 18305994.
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    49. Artinyan A, Soriano PA, Prendergast C, Low T, Ellenhorn JD, Kim J. The anatomic location of pancreatic cancer is a prognostic factor for survival. HPB (Oxford). 2008; 10(5):371-6. PMID: 18982154; PMCID: PMC2575681.
    50. Artinyan A, Hellan M, Mojica-Manosa P, Chen YJ, Pezner R, Ellenhorn JD, Kim J. Improved survival with adjuvant external-beam radiation therapy in lymph node-negative pancreatic cancer: a United States population-based assessment. Cancer. 2008 Jan 1; 112(1):34-42. PMID: 18000805.
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    51. Artinyan A, Nelson R, Soriano P, Chung V, Retseck J, Reynolds J, Marx H, Kim J, Wagman L. Treatment response to transcatheter arterial embolization and chemoembolization in primary and metastatic tumors of the liver. HPB (Oxford). 2008; 10(6):396-404. PMID: 19088924; PMCID: PMC2597318.
    52. Gagandeep S, Artinyan A, Jabbour N, Mateo R, Matsuoka L, Sher L, Genyk Y, Selby R. Extended pancreatectomy with resection of the celiac axis: the modified Appleby operation. Am J Surg. 2006 Sep; 192(3):330-5. PMID: 16920427.
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    53. Artinyan A, Essani R, Lake J, Kaiser AM, Vukasin P, Danenberg P, Danenberg K, Haile R, Beart RW. Molecular predictors of lymph node metastasis in colon cancer: increased risk with decreased thymidylate synthase expression. J Gastrointest Surg. 2005 Dec; 9(9):1216-21; discussion 1221. PMID: 16332476.
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    54. Nunoo-Mensah JW, Balasubramaniam S, Wasserberg N, Artinyan A, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Kaiser AM, Beart RW, Vukasin P. Fistula-in-ano: do antibiotics make a difference? Int J Colorectal Dis. 2006 Jul; 21(5):441-3. PMID: 16091913.
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    55. Kaiser AM, Jiang JK, Lake JP, Ault G, Artinyan A, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Essani R, Beart RW. The management of complicated diverticulitis and the role of computed tomography. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Apr; 100(4):910-7. PMID: 15784040.
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