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Vernissia Tam
University of Pittsburgh
20Publications
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113Citations
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#1Adam AttaarH-Index: 1
#2Vernissia TamH-Index: 5
Last.Katie S. NasonH-Index: 23
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#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
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A 72-year-old man presents with acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC), initially partially responsive to intravenous steroids and infliximab over a 3-day hospital stay. Following discharge and over the course of 15 days, his care was coordinated by the inflammatory bowel disease medical home team, who conducted clinical laboratory assessments and two outpatient flexible sigmoidoscopies to evaluate endoluminal disease activity and treatment response prior to proceeding with a laparoscopic total ...
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#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
#2Betty C. Tong (Duke University)H-Index: 25
Last.Mark K. Ferguson (U of C: University of Chicago)H-Index: 53
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Abstract Background Physician gender bias in surgical treatment recommendations is recognized but not well understood. We hypothesized that gender differences may exist in interpretation of patients’ physical behaviors and that this may be associated with decision making by providers and surrogate decision makers. Methods We solicited a pool of Amazon Mechanical Turk workers to participate in an online assessment. Workers viewed 3 short videos of standardized patients (SPs) trained to exhibit ph...
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#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
#2Jeffrey Borrebach (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 4
Last.Melissa E. Hogg (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 17
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Abstract Background While proficiency-based robotic training has been shown to enhance skill acquisition, no studies have shown that training leads to improved outcomes or quality measures. Methods Board-certified general surgeons participated in an optional proficiency-based robotic training curriculum and outcomes from robotic hernia cases were analyzed. Multivariable analysis was performed for operative times to adjust for patient and surgical variables. Results Six out of 16 (38%) surgeons c...
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#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
#2Devin Rogers (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 1
Last.Melissa E. Hogg (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 17
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Abstract Background Over the past 5 y, robotic surgery has expanded within general surgery, especially in regard to hernia repairs. We aimed to evaluate the outcomes of the early experience of over 300 consecutive robotic inguinal hernia repairs performed in an academic multihospital system. Methods Consecutive robotic inguinal hernia repairs performed between December 2015 and June 2017 were analyzed. Retrospective chart review was performed, and hospital records were queried. Descriptive stati...
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#1Vernissia TamH-Index: 5
#2Deepa MaggeH-Index: 9
Last.Melissa E. HoggH-Index: 9
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Abstract The introduction of laparoscopy in the 1980s has revolutionized the field of complex abdominal surgery. Traditional operations for almost all pancreatic resections and reconstructions have been described and replicated through a laparoscopic approach. Minimally invasive pancreatic surgeries are now well integrated into routine pancreatic resections and reconstructions at high-volume centers, with equivalent rates of mortality compared with open procedures. With the advent of robotic ass...
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#1Vernissia TamH-Index: 5
#2Amer H. ZureikatH-Index: 29
Last.Melissa E. HoggH-Index: 9
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#1Vernissia TamH-Index: 5
#2Mazen S. ZenatiH-Index: 28
Last.Melissa E. HoggH-Index: 9
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Context Infected pancreatic necrosis is traditionally approached with open necrosectomy. The 2010 randomized controlled PANTER trial proposed a “Step-Up” approach with fewer major complications, comparable mortality, and fewer operations. Objective We sought to evaluate the practical adherence to the Step-Up approach at a tertiary care institution. Design Retrospective, observational study comparing outcomes between patients treated in the “early” pre-PANTER trial period (2006-2010) and “late” p...
#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
#2Mazen S. Zenati (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 28
Last.Melissa E. Hogg (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 17
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Objective Obtaining the proficiency on the robotic platform necessary to safely perform a robotic pancreatoduodenectomy is particularly challenging. We hypothesize that by instituting a proficiency-based robotic training curriculum we can enhance novice surgeons’ skills outside of the operating room, leading to a shorter learning curve. Design A biotissue curriculum was designed consisting of sewing artificial organs to simulate a hepaticojejunostomy (HJ), gastrojejunostomy (GJ), and pancreatico...
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#1Vernissia Tam (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 5
#2Waseem Lutfi (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 2
Last.Melissa E. Hogg (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 17
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Abstract Background Adoption of robotics in general surgery has expanded but there is no mandatory national standardized curriculum for general surgery residents (GSR). Methods A survey was administered to all GSRs in 2014 addressing future practice and robotic experience. A non-mandatory robotic curriculum was available for residents to train. Compliance was assessed. In 2016, the same survey was re-administered. Barriers to completing the curriculum were identified. Results Interest in improvi...
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