Pediatric Surgery Research
Pediatric Surgery Research
The Surgical Scholars Program at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics was established in 2005 to provide clinical research opportunities for aspiring pediatric surgeons.

This program was established shortly after the formation of the Center for Prospective Clinical Trials (www.centerforprospectiveclinicaltrials.com) and builds on our interest in prospective clinical research. Surgical Scholars enroll in this program with an expectation of matching in a pediatric surgery residency. The primary criteria for selection as our surgical scholar is an interest in prospective clinical research. 

In addition, the resident must be PGY-4 or above when he/she begins the program. This requirement is necessary so that the resident can participate in senior-level call responsibilities. 

Please visit our Center for Prospective Clinical Trials website for a description of the various prospective trials in progress. Below are the publications in which the surgical scholar has participated. If you are interested in this program, please contact Dr. Shawn St. Peter, MD (sspeter@cmh.edu).

Surgical Scholars Publications:

Valusek PA, Spilde TL, Ostlie DJ, St. Peter SD, Morgan JW, Brock WM, Holcomb GW III: Laparoscopic evaluation for contralateral processus vaginalis in children with unilateral inguinal hernia. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Technique 16:650-653, 2006

St. Peter SD, Valusek PA, Calkins CM, Shew SB, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III: Utilization of esohago-crural sutures and minimal esophageal dissection reduces the incidence of postoperative transmigration of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication wrap. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 42:25-30, 2007

Valusek PA, Tsao K, St. Peter SD, Sharp RJ, Andrews WS, Snyder CL, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III: A comparison of chest tubes versus bulb-suction drains in pediatric thoracic surgery. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 42:812-814, 2007

Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Valusek PA, Tsao K, Holcomb GW III, Snyder CL, Ostlie J: VACTERL anomalies in patients with esophageal atresia: an updated delineation of the spectrum and review of the literature. Pediatric Surgery International 23:309-313, 2007

Tsao K, St. Peter DS, Valusek PA, Keckler SJ, Sharp SW, Holcomb GW III, Snyder CL, Ostlie DJ: Adhesive small bowel obstruction after appendectomy in children: comparison between the laparoscopic and open approach. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 421:939-942, 2007

St. Peter SD, Valusek PA, Tsao K, Holcomb GW III, Ostlie DJ, Snyder CL: Abdominal complications related to Type B repair for congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Journal of Surgical Research 140:234-236, 2007

Valusek PA, Spilde TL, Tsao K, St. Peter SD, Holcomb GW III, Ostlie DJ: Laparoscopic duodenal atresia repair using surgical u-clips: a novel technique. Surgical Endoscopy 21:1023-1024, 2007

Valusek PA, St. Peter SD, Murphy JP, Andrews WS, Holcomb GW III, Sharp RJ, Snyder CL, Ostlie DJ: Impact of suture material on stricture formation following repair of esophageal atresia. Accepted, Annals of Pediatric Surgery

Valusek PA, St. Peter SD, Tsao K, Spilde TL, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III: The use of fundoplication as prevention of apparent life-threatening events. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 42:1022-1025, 2007

St. Peter SD, Spilde TL, Holcomb GW III, Keckler SJ, Ostlie DJ: Justification for an abbreviated protocol in the management of blunt spleen and liver injury. Accepted, Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Calkins CM, Holcomb GW III: Endobronchial obliteration of recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula with biosynthetic mesh and fibrin glue sealant. Accepted, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Advanced in Surgical Techniques

Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Spilde TL, Tsao K, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III, Snyder CL: Current significance of meconium plug syndrome. Accepted, Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Keckler SJ, Spilde TL, Ho B, Tsao K, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III, St. Peter SD: Chest radiograph following central line placement under fluoroscope: utility or futility? Accepted, Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Keckler SJ, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III, St. Peter SD: The progressive development of pyloric stenosis: a role for repeat ultrasound. Submitted, Pediatric Surgery International

St. Peter SD, Keckler SJ, Nair A, Andrews WS, Sharp, RJ, Snyder CL, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW III: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the pediatric population. Accepted, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Advanced in Surgical Techniques

Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Ostlie DJ: Endobronchial Obliteration of Brochopleural Fistula with Surgisis and Fibrin Glue. In Press, Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Tsao K, Sharp SW, Ostlie DJ, Holcomb GW, III: Resource Utilization and Outcomes From Percutaneous Drainage and Interval Appendectomy for Perforated Appendicitis. Submitted, Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Spilde, TL, Keckler SJ, St. Peter SD, Tsao K, Holcomb GW III, Ostlie DJ: Open versus Laparoscopic U-Clip Repair of Congenital Duodenal Obstructions - A Concurrent Series. Submitted, Journal of Pediatric Surgery

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