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JAMES W. SULIBURK

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
DivisionSurgery-General Surgery Div
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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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    1. DeHoog RJ, Zhang J, Alore E, Lin JQ, Yu W, Woody S, Almendariz C, Lin M, Engelsman AF, Sidhu SB, Tibshirani R, Suliburk J, Eberlin LS. Preoperative metabolic classification of thyroid nodules using mass spectrometry imaging of fine-needle aspiration biopsies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Oct 07. PMID: 31591199.
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    2. Fitch CJL, Albini PT, Patel AY, Yanoff MS, McEvoy CS, Wilson CT, Suliburk J, Gordy SD, Todd SR. Blunt versus penetrating trauma: Is there a resource intensity discrepancy? Am J Surg. 2019 Sep 10. PMID: 31530378.
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    3. Alore EA, Ward JL, Todd SR, Wilson CT, Gordy SD, Hoffman MK, Suliburk JW. Ideal timing of early cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis: An ACS-NSQIP review. Am J Surg. 2019 Aug 19. PMID: 31493847.
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    4. Alore EA, Suliburk JW, Ramsey DJ, Massarweh NN, Balentine CJ, Singh H, Awad SS, Makris KI. Diagnosis and Management of Primary Hyperparathyroidism Across the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jul 15. PMID: 31305864.
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    5. Suliburk JW, Buck QM, Pirko CJ, Massarweh NN, Barshes NR, Singh H, Rosengart TK. Analysis of Human Performance Deficiencies Associated With Surgical Adverse Events. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jul 03; 2(7):e198067. PMID: 31365107.
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    6. Castellanos SA, Buentello G, Gutierrez-Meza D, Forgues A, Haubert L, Artinyan A, Macdonald CL, Suliburk JW. Corrigendum to Use of Game Theory to model patient engagement after surgery: a qualitative analysis [Journal of Surgical Research 221 (2018) 69-76]. J Surg Res. 2018 Aug 30. PMID: 30173937.
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    7. Parikh AM, Suliburk JW, Morón FE. IMAGING LOCALIZATION AND SURGICAL APPROACH IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ECTOPIC PARATHYROID ADENOMAS. Endocr Pract. 2018 Jun; 24(6):589-598. PMID: 29949431.
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    8. Alore EA, Ward JL, Todd SR, Wilson CT, Gordy SD, Hoffman MK, Suliburk JW. Population-level outcomes of early versus delayed appendectomy for acute appendicitis using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. J Surg Res. 2018 09; 229:234-242. PMID: 29936996.
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    9. Couturier J, Winchester LC, Suliburk JW, Wilkerson GK, Podany AT, Agarwal N, Xuan Chua CY, Nehete PN, Nehete BP, Grattoni A, Sastry KJ, Fletcher CV, Lake JE, Balasubramanyam A, Lewis DE. Adipocytes impair efficacy of antiretroviral therapy. Antiviral Res. 2018 06; 154:140-148. PMID: 29630975.
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    10. Scott AR, Sanderson CJ, Rush AJ, Alore EA, Naik AD, Berger DH, Suliburk JW. Constructing post-surgical discharge instructions through a Delphi consensus methodology. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 05; 101(5):917-925. PMID: 29254751.
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    11. Castellanos SA, Buentello G, Gutierrez-Meza D, Forgues A, Haubert L, Artinyan A, Macdonald CL, Suliburk JW. Use of Game Theory to model patient engagement after surgery: a qualitative analysis. J Surg Res. 2018 01; 221:69-76. PMID: 29229155.
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    12. Zhang J, Feider CL, Nagi C, Yu W, Carter SA, Suliburk J, Cao HST, Eberlin LS. Detection of Metastatic Breast and Thyroid Cancer in Lymph Nodes by Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2017 06; 28(6):1166-1174. PMID: 28247296.
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    13. Scott AR, Alore EA, Naik AD, Berger DH, Suliburk JW. Mixed-Methods Analysis of Factors Impacting Use of a Postoperative mHealth App. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Feb 08; 5(2):e11. PMID: 28179215.
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    14. Moalem J, Alseidi AA, Broghammer J, Suliburk J, Klaristenfeld DD, Sakran JV, Sutherland MJ, Turner PL. Young surgeons speak up: Stringent OR attire restrictions decrease morale without improving outcomes. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2016 10; 101(10):10-9. PMID: 28937709.
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    15. Zhang J, Yu W, Ryu SW, Lin J, Buentello G, Tibshirani R, Suliburk J, Eberlin LS. Cardiolipins Are Biomarkers of Mitochondria-Rich Thyroid Oncocytic Tumors. Cancer Res. 2016 11 15; 76(22):6588-6597. PMID: 27659048.
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    16. 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 06; 80(6):886-96. PMID: 27015578.
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    17. 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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    18. Medford-Davis L, Park E, Shlamovitz G, Suliburk J, Meyer AN, Singh H. Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2016 Apr; 33(4):253-9. PMID: 26531859.
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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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.
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    22. 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.
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    23. 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):850-855. PMID: 25152254.
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    24. 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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    25. 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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    26. 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.
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    27. 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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    28. 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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    29. 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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    30. 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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    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. 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 Mar 30; 12:4. PMID: 22458247.
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    34. 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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    35. Suliburk JW. Complications of emergency center thoracotomy. Tex Heart Inst J. 2012; 39(6):876-7. PMID: 23304043.
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    36. 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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    37. 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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    38. 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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    39. Moffett JM, Suliburk J. Parathyroid autotransplantation. Endocr Pract. 2011 Mar-Apr; 17 Suppl 1:83-9. PMID: 21324813.
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    40. 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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    41. 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 01; 102(5):450-3. PMID: 20734420.
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    42. 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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    43. 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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    44. 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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    45. 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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    46. 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.
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    47. 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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    48. 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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    49. 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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    50. Suliburk JW, Perrier ND. Primary hyperparathyroidism. Oncologist. 2007 Jun; 12(6):644-53. PMID: 17602056.
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    51. 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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    52. 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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    53. 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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    54. 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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    55. 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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    56. 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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    57. 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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    58. 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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    59. 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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    60. 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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    61. 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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    62. 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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    63. 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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    64. Suliburk J. Which handheld should I buy? Curr Surg. 2003 Jan-Feb; 60(1):75-6. PMID: 14972317.
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