Resident and Faculty Research

Research is encouraged throughout the five-year surgical residency. There is a dedicated three-month research rotation devoid of daytime clinical responsibilities during the PGY-2 year. Residents participate in funded local and national clinical trials.


Kwazneski D 2nd, Six C, Stahlfeld K. “The Unacknowledged Incidence of Laparoscopic Stapler Malfunction.” Surg Endosc. 2012 Jul.​ [Epub ahead of print]
Six CK, Young J, Sell H, Image of the Month. Arch Surg 2012 June: 147(6); 573-4​
Six CK, Haught JM, Safyan EL, Patton T, Stahlfeld K. “Transfusion-Associated Graft-Versus-Host Disease: A Case Report and Review of Literature. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Apr;66(4):e141-3. Review.
Evolving role of endovascular techniques for traumatic vascular injury: a changing landscape?
Avery LE, Stahlfeld KR, Corcos AC, Scifres AM, Ziembicki JA, Varcelotti J, Peitzman AB, Billiar TR,Sperry JL. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Jan;72(1):41-6; discussion 46-7.​
Copeland CE, Stahlfeld K. “Two Tall Poppies and the Discovery of Helicobacter Pylori.” J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Feb;214(2):237-41. Epub 2011 Nov 6.​
Bachelani A, Bautz J, Sperry J, et al. “Assessment of Platelet Transfusion for Reversal of Asprin Following Traumatic Brain Injury” Surgery 2011 Oct;150(4):836-43.​
Oppermann T, Sell H, Stahlfeld K. “Primary Hemangiopericytoma of the Liver” Applied Radiology 2010 April:36-38​
Falk G, Yurcisin B, Sell H. "Left Paraduodenal Hernia: Case Report and Review of the Literature" BMJ Case Reports 2010;doi:10.1136/bcr.04.2010​
Burton E, Stahlfeld K, McKeating J. “Intracystic Papillary Carcinoma of the Breast.” Radiology Case Reports.2009:4(3)​
Oppermann T, Christopherson W, Stahlfeld K. “Fulminant Clostridium Difficile Colitis Isolated to the Ascending Colon by a Diverting Transverse Loop Colostomy.” Am Surg. 2009 Sep;75(9):849-60​
Hower J, Burton E, Agrawal ST 4th, Simone S, Stahlfeld K. “Abdominal Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Managed with Endovascular Stent Graft.” Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2009 Jun;19(3):e106-8.​
Awad M, Sell H, Stahlfeld K. “Split Shot Sinker in the Treatment of Perianal Fistula” Colorectal Dis. 2009 Jun;11(5)524-6.​
Yurcisin BM, Myers CJ, Stahlfeld KR, Means JR. “Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Following Iliac Crest Harvest.” Hernia. 2010 Feb;14(1):93-6. Epub 2009 Apr 15.​
Copeland C, Six C. “A Tale of Two Anticoagulants: Warfarin and Heparin.” J Surg Education 2009;66(3):176-181​
Myers, C., Valdez, V., Sundermann, J., Sell, Jr., H.  “Splenic Invasion by Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, A Rare Occurrence.” Surgical Rounds, 2008 February; 31(2):30-34.​
Stahlfeld, K., Robinson, J., Burton, E.  “What Do Physician Extenders in A General Surgery Residency Really Do?”  J Surg Education, 2008; 65:354-358.​
Burton, E., McKeating, J., Stahlfeld, K.  “Laparoscopic Management of a Small Bowel Obstruction of Unknown Cause.”  J Laparo Endosc Surg, 2008;12(3):299-302.​
Copeland, C., Myers, C.  “Round Ligament Varicosities Mimicking Inguinal Hernias in A Gravid Patient.”  Surgical Rounds, 2008 January; 31(1):39-41.​
Oppermann, T., Corcos, A., Jones, L., Barrette, R., Varcelotti, J.  “Traumatic Intrahepatic Portosystemic Venous Shunt:  A Rare Complication of Grade V Liver Laceration.”  Journal Trauma, 2007 December; 63(6):1230-3.​
Stahlfeld, K., Hower, J., Homitsky, S., Madden, J. “Is Acute Appendicitis A Surgical Emergency?”  The American Surgeon, 2007 June; Jun:73(6):626-9; Discussion 629-30.​
Sell, H.W., Yurcisin, B.M., Stahlfeld, K.R., Sundermann, J.  “Carcinosarcoma of the Pancreas:  Did Random Gene Activation Cause Differentiation?”  Surgical Rounds, 2007 February; 30(2):78-81.​
Stahlfeld, K., Means, J.R., DiDomenico, P.  “Carotid Artery Fibromuscular Dysplasia.”  The American Journal of Surgery, 2007 January; 193(1):71-2.​
Puckett, F., Stahlfeld, K., DiMarco, R.F.  “Hyperacute Rejection of a Bovine Pericardial Prosthesis.”  Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2006 November; 33(2):260-1.​
Stofman, G., Neavin, T.  “Better Sex With the Knife.”  Aesthetic Surgery, 2006 January/February.​
Myers, C., Sundermann, J., Sell, Jr., H. “Leiomyosarcoma of Adrenal Gland.”  Surgical Rounds, 2005 January; 28(1):14-17.​
Stahlfeld, K., Parker, J., McClain, III, E.  “Supraspinatus Compartment Syndrome.”   The American Journal of Orthopedics,2004; 33(12):615-17.​
Dietz, D., Stahlfeld, K., Bansal, S., Christopherson, W.  “Buttock Necrosis after Uterine Artery Embolization.”  Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2004 November; 104(5):1159.​
Stahlfeld, K., Dietz, D., Simone, T., O’Donnell, W. “Giant Condyloma Acuminata.”  Surgical Rounds, 2004 October; 27(10):460-3.​
Stahlfeld, K. “Is the American Board of Surgery Certifying Examination Archaic?” Current Surgery, 2004 September/October; 61(5):405.​
Copeland, C.E., Marrangoni, A.G. “A 34-Year Longitudinal Study of General Surgery Categorical Residents at an Urban Teaching Hospital.” Focus on Surgical Education, Fall 2004; 25-26.​
Dietz, D., Varcelotti, J., Stahlfeld, K. “Garlic Burns:  A Not-so-rare Complication of a Naturopathic Remedy.”  Burns, 2004 September; 30(6):612-3.​
Stahlfeld, K., Mitchell, J., Sherman, H. "Endovascular Repair of Blunt Abdominal Aortic Injury." Journal of Trauma, 2004 September; 57(3):638-41.​
Dattilo, D., Drooger, A. “Outcome Assessment of Patients Undergoing Maxillofacial Procedures for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea: A Comparison of Subjective and Objective Results.”  Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2004 February; 62(2):166-68.​
Parker, J., Roozrokh, H., Pollice, P., Sell, Jr., H.W., “Endoscopic Excision of a Polypoid Leiomyoma of the Esophagus.”Surgical Rounds, 2004 January; 27 (1):28-31. ​



​​Dwyer C, Ziembicki J, Weidner G, Stahlfeld K. Toxicology Screening in the Burn Population. American Burn Association. Palm Springs, CA. April 2013.
​Dwyer C, Scifres A, Corcos A, Peitzman A, Billiar T, Stahlfeld K, Sperry J. Radiographic Assessment of Elderly Ground Level Falls: Is the ‘Pan-Scan’ Over Doing It?. Central Surgical Society. Amelia Island, FL. March 2013.
Pakraftar S, Corcos A, Sperry J, Stahlfeld K. Outcomes of Traumatic Brain Injury on Patients on Dabigatran Etexilate. Western Trauma Association. Snowmass, CO. March 2013.
​​​Awais, Omar; Luketich, James D.; Reddy, Neha; Levy, Ryan M.; Schuchert, Matthew J.; Gooding, William E.; Crist, Lawrence; Landreneau, Rodney J.; Pennathur, Arjun. Roux-en-Y near esophagojejunostomy for failed anti-reflux surgery: An analysis of outcomes in over 100 patients. Society of Thoracic Surgery. Los Angeles, CA. Jan 2013.
Reidy M, Luketich J, Awais O, Stahlfeld K. “Can a High Volume Surgeon Open an New Minimally Invasive Esophagentomy Program Without Compromising Outcome?” International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. Oct 2012. Venice, IT.​
Kwazneski II D, Ziembicki J, Summers J, Corcos A. "Combined Trauma and Burn Injury" Poster presentation for the American Burn Association Meeting, April 2012, Seattle, WA.​
Kwazneski D, Stahlfeld K. "The Unacknowledged Failure rate of the Linear Stapler". Presentation at SAGES March, 2012. San Diego, CA.​
Burnett L. “Repair of the Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm” Presented at SW ACS April 2012.​
Avery L. “Resection of a Thyroid and Trachea Papillary Cancer” Presented at SW ACS April 2012​
Gonzalez H, Kwazneski D, Awais O, Stahlfeld K. Video of a Minimally-Invasive Morgagni Hernia repair accepted to be part of the SAGES TV video library. November 2011.​
Avery L, Stahlfeld K, et al. "The Evolving Role of Endovascular Techniques for Traumatic Vascular Injury: A Changing Landscape?" Presented September 16th at the AAST in Chicago.
Copeland CE, Stahlfeld K. “Two Tall Poppies and the Discovery of Helicobacter Pylori.” WV Chapter of the ACS May 2011. White Sulphur Springs, WV.​
Bachelani A, Bautz J, Sperry J, et al. "Assessment of Platelet Transfusion for Reversal of Aspirin Following Traumatic Brain Injury" Presented at Central Surgical Association. March 2011, Detroit, MI.
Pakrafter S, Reddy N, Faust N, Ziembicki J, Corcos A, Varcelotti J. "Evaluation of Fluid Volume Requirements in Patients with Severe Burn Injury Following High Dose Ascorbic Acid Infusion"  American Burn Association. March, 2011 Chicago Il.​
Hiltner L, Stahlfeld K. "Clogged Feeding Tube Management now that Viokase is Unavailable" Presented at Clinical Nutrition Week. Jan 2011. Vancouver, CA.​
Copeland, CE. "Surgical Care Improvement Project and Surgical Site Infections" Presented West Virginia Chapter ACS. May 2010. White Sulphur Springs, WV.​
Six, C. "Colo-bronchial-gastric fistula" Presented at Pittsburgh Surgical Society. February 2010. 2nd place.​
Stahlfeld K. "Retained foreign bodies" Presented at the SW Chapter ACS. May 2009. Farmington, PA.​

Mercy Research Day, May 9, 2012


Burnett L, Awais O, Stahlfeld K. Hypoglycemia and Thoracic Solitary Fibrous Tumor​
Yurcisin B, Myers C, Stahlfeld K, Means J. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Following Iliac Crest Harvest​
Falk G, Yurcisin B, Sell H. Left Paraduodenal Hernia: Case Report and Review of the Literature​
Oppermann T, Sell H, Miller M, Stahlfeld K. Primary Hemangiopericytoma of the Liver​
Six C, Young J, Sell H. Colobronchial-cologastric Fistula​
Pakraftar S, Reddy N, Faust N, Ziembicki J, Corcos A, Varcelotti J. Evaluation of Fluid Volume Requirements in Patients with Sever Burn Injury Following High Dose Ascorbic Acid Infusion​
Kwazneski D, Ziembicki J, Summers J, Corcos A. Combined Trauma and Burn Injury.​

Mercy Research Day, May 9, 2012

Oral Presentations

Awais O. Reoperative Antireflux Surgery for Failed Fundoplication: An Analysis of Outcomes in 275 Patients​
Avery L, Stahlfeld K. The Evolving Role of Endovascular Techniques for Traumatic Vascular Injury: a Changing Landscape.​
Reidy M. Assessment of Platelet Transfusion for Reversal of Aspirin after Traumatic Brain Injury.​
Six C. Transfusion-associated Graft-versus-host Disease: a Case Report and Review of Literature​
Avery L, Stahlfeld K. Management of the clogged feeding tube  now that viokase is unavailable​
Burnett L. Aortic Replacement of Aneurysmal Type B Aortic Dissection​
Copeland C, Stahlfeld K. Two Tall Poppies and the Discovery of Helicobacter Pylori​
Kwazneski D, Stahlfeld K. The Unacknowledged Incidence of Laparoscopic Stapler Malfunction​
Kwazneski D. Video Presentation of a Foramen of Morgagni Hernia.​
Faust N. Financial Impact of Outpatient Burn Services​

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